SMU Coaching Hot Board

After six years at SMU, Matt Doherty has been fired as the men's head basketball coach, according to sources close to the program. Doherty was 80-109 all-time with the Mustangs and was 0-6 in Conference USA Tournament appearances...

It seemed inevitable much of the season and as of Tuesday morning, Matt Doherty has been fired as SMU's basketball coach after a meeting with athletic director Steve Orsini, according to sources close to the program.

Orsini, who declined to comment on Doherty's job security until the season was over, scheduled the meeting for today because he was in Indianapolis last week, where he served on the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

In six years at SMU, Doherty went 80-109 and was 0-6 all-time in the Conference USA Tournament. The Mustangs finished this season 13-19, 4-13 C-USA after posting a 20-win season the year before.

SMU will head to the Big East in 2013 and Moody Coliseum will undergo a $40 million renovation that is scheduled to begin this August. Here are some coaches that could possibly lead the Mustangs into new territory…

SMU Coaching Hot Board
Scott Cross
Currently: Head Coach, UTA (SLC)

Age: 37
Salary: $116,500
Career Record: 103-81 (6th year at UTA)

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Notable: During his six seasons in Arlington, Cross has guided the Mavericks to the school's only appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a Southland Conference championship (both in 2008). Cross also reached 50 wins faster than any coach in UTA history. This season, the Mavericks have a bid to the NIT. The school has also been invited to join the WAC, which will become effective this July.

Brooks Thompson
Currently: Head Coach, UTSA (SLC)

Age: 41
Salary: N/A
Career Record: 151-105 (96-91 in 6th year at UTSA)

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Notable: The former NBA First Round draft pick and Oklahoma State star has registered the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament win in any sport (2010 over Alabama State), captured a league championship ('10), made two tournament title game appearances and recorded the most successful three-year stretch (58 wins) in nearly 20 years. This season the Roadrunners finished 18-16 with an overtime loss in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament to McNeese State.

Greg Lansing
Currently: Head Coach, Indiana State (MVC)

Age: 44
Salary: $194,500
Career Record: 38-27 (in second year at ISU)

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Notable: In his first season, Lansing became just the second-ever Indiana State head coach to lead the team to the NCAA Tournament in his first season (they finished with a 20-14 record). This year, the Sycamores (18-14) will face Robert Morris in the first round of the CIT on Tuesday.

Currently: Assistant Coach, Duke (ACC)

Age: 37
Salary: $1.7 million at Oklahoma
Career Record: 175-110 as HC at VCU & OU

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Notable: The former Duke standout joined Mike Krzyzewski's staff in May 2011 after spending the previous nine years as the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth (2002-06) and Oklahoma (2006-11). Capel owns a 175-110 record as a head coach with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2008 with the Sooners. While at OU, Capel led the program to a 96-69 overall record with two NCAA Tournament appearances (2008 & '09). The coach also played a crucial role in the recruitment and development of 2009 Player of the Year, No. 1 NBA Draft pick and current All-Star, Blake Griffin.

Currently: Head Coach, George Mason (Patriot League)

Age: 48
Salary: $659,750
Career Record: 256-189 (24-9 in first year at George Mason)

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Notable: In his first season at George Mason, Hewitt led the Patriots to a 24-9 record, but the team was passed over by the National Invitation Tournament this weekend and the school opted to not play in the third-tier Tournament. Prior to this gig, Hewitt coached at Georgia Tech for 11 seasons, where the Yellow Jackets went to the NCAA Tournament five times, played for a national championship (2004) and two ACC championships. Hewitt, who hails from Jamaica, was also named the head coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Under-19 World Championship Team.

Currently: Head Coach, University of Northern Iowa (MVC)

Age: 41
Salary: $450,000
Career Record: 128-70 (6th year at UNI)

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Notable: Ben Jacobson has been the head coach at UNI since 2006. In that time period, the Panthers have advanced to three NCAA Tournaments and have held a spot in the upper half of the Missouri Valley Conference. Probably most notably for Jacobson and UNI was the 2009-10 season when the 30-5 Panthers made the program's first-ever Sweet 16 appearance by knocking of No. 1 Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UNI finished the season ranked No. 13 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll—the highest ranking in school history. This year, the Panthers (19-13) are headed to the school's first-ever NIT appearance, where they'll face St. Joseph's on Wednesday.

Gregg Marshall
Currently: Head Coach, Wichita State (MVC)

Age: 49
Salary: $900,000
Career Record: 302-143 (108-60 in 5th year at WSU)

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Notable: Wichita State is currently ranked No. 14 in the country with a 27-5 record and will face VCU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. The program went 11-20 in Marshall's first season, but has improved every year since. Last season, the Shockers beat Alabama in the NIT Championship game to finish 29-8.

Doc Sadler
Currently: Unemployed

Age: 51
Salary: $900,000
Career Record: 149-107 (101 in 6th year at Nebraska)

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Notable: After six seasons with the Huskers, Doc Sadler was fired on Friday. The team finished this year 12-18. During Sadler's tenure, Nebraska made the NIT three times, but only advanced to the second round of the tournament once. Before taking the job with the Huskers, Sadler spent two seasons as the head coach at UTEP, where the Miners went 48-17 and made the NCAA Tournament in the coach's first season.

Pat Knight
Currently: Head Coach, Lamar (SLC)

Age: 41
Salary: $150,000
Career Record: 85-80 (23-11 in first year at Lamar)

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Notable: In his first year at Lamar, Knight led the program to a Southland Conference Championship and a NCAA Tournament bid. It's the first time the school has made the tourney since 2000, and it will be Knight's first appearance as a head coach. A couple weeks ago, Knight made headlines when he ripped his team following a loss to Stephen F. Austin saying the players were "stealing money by being on scholarship." The Cardinals have won six in a row since. Before coming to Lamar, Knight spent 10 seasons at Texas Tech, the last three as the head coach.

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