But listed here is the 64-coach field for the position, completed in March Madness fashion. This is seeded in terms of likelihood.
Sylvan Lane and Jeremy Woo contributed to this bracket.
John Giannini (2)
Collins and the mid-major candidates are the clear favorites to replace Bill Carmody. Paulsen is close with NU president Morton Schapiro.
Greg McDermott (4)
ANALYSIS: Don't completely rule out Hardy, the associate head coach with powerful recruiting connections. McDermott would run an intense program, though his coaching maneuvers often make you yell at the screen.
Gregg Marshall (6)
ANALYSIS: Gregg Marshall started talking about depth following his team's upset of Gonzaga, and NU fans collectively salivated.
Andy Enfield (NR)
ANALYSIS: He's not going to be the next coach of NU, but let's appreciate Florida Gulf-Coast and Andy Enfield's wife.
Tubby Smith (9)
ANALYSIS: SPITE HIRE TUBBY SMITH? He is likable.
ANALYSIS: Pilipovich, like Carmody, runs a version of the Princeton offense — which might ease the transition for current players. Hiring Fred Hill, formerly head coach at Rutgers, would help NU retain three-star guard Jaren Sina.
ANALYSIS: Dawkins has yet to break through at Stanford, and might improve with the change in scene. Boals ranks among the best assistants in the conference.
ANALYSIS: Hufnagel serves as recruiting coordinator for Harvard, which consistently wins games despite not offering athletic scholarships. Pearl would create quite the splash.
ANALYSIS: Northwestern appears intent on signing Jaren Sina. One way to ensure that happening? Hire his father, head coach at Gill St. Bernard's (NJ).
Fran Dunphy (NR)
ANALYSIS: Dunphy, the long-time Temple head man, nearly beat Indiana with only three players hitting field goals. That's one major coaching victory.
Mike Rice Jr.
ANALYSIS: Simon, the former Arizona assistant, works as an ESPN analyst. Mike Rice Jr. of Rutgers could help sustain the New Jersey pipeline.
ANALYSIS: Insert flashy coaching name who would never accept the difficult Northwestern job.
ANALYSIS: All four either played or coached for Northwestern.
ANALYSIS: Toole, the Robert Morris coach, appears one job away from a major conference position.
ANALYSIS: Despite his Belmont team's lackluster performance in the first round NCAA Tournament exit yesterday, Rick Byrd's sweater vest earns an honorable mention.
ANALYSIS: For intense coverage of the best candidates, stay tuned to Purple Wildcats for up-to-date analysis.
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