2016 Hirings and Firings: TCU hires Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon

Which coaches have been fired, which jobs are opening up, and which coaches are being looked at as possible replacements? We’ve got everything you need to know about 2016 coaching hirings and firings.


Out: Trent Johnson. Johnson arrived at TCU right as the Horned Frogs were making a move to the Big 12, and the transition was not kind to the basketball program. After taking three teams to the NCAA tournament (LSU, Stanford, Nevada), Johnson went 50-79 overall and won just eight conference games in four years.

In: Jamie Dixon. According to CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish and Jon Rothstein, Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon has accepted an offer from the school to be its next head coach. Dixon played at TCU from 1984-87, making this a move to familiar territory to rebuild the Frogs’ program after leading Pitt to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in 13 seasons.


Out: Jamie Dixon. With Dixon out after 13 seasons, moving on to take the vacant job at TCU, Pittsburgh has now become the first open position in the ACC during this hiring cycle. Dixon was on Ben Howland’s staff as an assistant before his promotion, making this one of the most intriguing offseasons for Pitt since 2000.

Arkansas State

In: Grant McCasland. Arkansas State has hired McCasland, a Baylor assistant, as its next head basketball coach, sources told CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. An official announcement is expected soon. McCasland has spent the past few seasons with the Bears under Scott Drew and has been an integral part of Baylor’s perennial success in the Big 12. Arkansas State finished 11-20 this season.

Out: John Brady. Brady announced in December his intentions to step down at the end of the 2015-16 season. The former LSU coach won two SEC titles and reached the Final Four in 2006 with the Tigers but has just four winning seasons and no postseason appearances since taking over the Red Wolves’ program in 2008.


Out: Johnny Dawkins. After eight years and just one NCAA tournament appearances, Stanford decided not to bring back Johnny Dawkins for 2016-17. The Cardinal did win the NIT twice and reached the Sweet 16 in 2014 but never won more than 10 games in Pac-12 play.


Out:: Ed Conroy. Conroy was 92-103 and only had one winning season in six seasons as coach of the Green Wave. He never had a winning season in league play but reached the postseason twice (CBI, CIT).

“Tulane University owes a debt of gratitude to Coach Conroy for the six years of service he has given to our institution and our student-athletes,” athletic director Troy Dannen said. “He has consistently represented himself and our men’s basketball program with character and integrity, and has carried himself with class in all matters.”


Out: Donnie Jones. CBS Sports’ Ryan Bass was first to report that Jones is out at UCF. The school confirmed in an announcement late Thursday that it has parted ways with the coach. Jones, a longtime assistant at Florida, had led the Knights in Orlando since 2010 but never won more than 13 games since UCF made the move to the American Athletic Conference.


Out: Bo Ryan, who abruptly announced his immediate retirement in December. Ryan initially said in June that he would coach the season and then step down, but after a 7-5 start to the season, the 68-year-old coach decided to walk away and let Greg Gard coach the team. With 364 wins, Ryan is the winningest coach in Wisconsin history and led the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in every season of his tenure. Thanks to Greg Gard’s work after the retirement announcement, the Badgers will be dancing again in 2016 too.

In: Greg Gard. Gard coached Bo Ryan for 23 years across multiple stops, but his ascension to the full-time job came as a result of his work in 2016. Since losing at Northwestern on Jan. 12, a loss that dropped the Badgers to 1-4 in conference play, Wisconsin has gone 11-2 with wins over Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland, Iowa and Michigan and will certainly be in the NCAA Tournament field.


Out: Dave Rice was fired after five seasons as head coach in January. The former Rebels’ player and assistant coach went 98-54 as the coach in Vegas, but has failed to convert talented rosters into postseason results. After a 9-7 start to 2015-16 and three straight conference losses, Rice agreed to step aside and let Tom Simon take over as the interim head coach.

Western Kentucky

Out: Ray Harper. Harper resigned abruptly in the wake of the suspensions of three WKU players. There were no specifics given regarding the suspensions except that it was related to the school’s disciplinary process. Harper, 54, was 89-64 in five seasons with two NCAA tournament appearances (2012, 2013). The school’s release included a statement from Harper only saying that his resignation was “in the best interests of the program.”

Wright State

Out: Billy Donlon. After one appearance in the CBI and one CollegeInsider.com tournament in six years, Wright State decided to part ways with Billy Donlon. The 39-year old head coach went 109-94 in six seasons, going 22-13 this past season before falling short of the big Dance with a loss in the Horizon League title game.


Out: Monte Ross. Delaware has decided to move on from the Monte Ross era after a 2015-16 that saw the Blue Hens win just two CAA games and finish with a 7-23 record overall. Ross led Delaware to the NCAA tournament in 2014 but had a 132-184 record in 10 seasons.

Santa Clara

Out: Kerry Keating. Keating had a losing record at Santa Clara (139-159), where he’s been the head coach since 2007. A strong assistant at Tennessee and UCLA, Keating led Santa Clara to a pair of postseason tournament wins (2011 CollegeInsider.com, 2013 CBI) but never finished higher than fourth in the West Coast Conference standings.


Out: Ron Verlin. Verlin was suspended, along with assistant Dwight Young, amid allegations of academic misconduct that resulted in an NCAA investigation. Interim coach Mike Burns finished the season after Verlin’s suspension in December and Pacific self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2016 season.

Saint Louis

Out: Jim Crews. Crews was released moments after the team’s loss to George Washington on Thursday in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Crews, once the interim coach for SLU, had a 77-56 record and took the team to two NCAA tournaments but did not meet his boss’ expectations.

“After reviewing the 2015-16 season and talking with Coach Crews, I have decided that a change in leadership of the men’s basketball program is needed for the program to move forward in meeting our goals,” athletic director Chris May said.


Out: Bill Courtney. Cornell never finished above .500 with Courtney, a longtime assistant who took over the program after three straight Ivy League titles under Steve Donahue. The Big Red went 2-26 in 2014 and never finished higher than fifth in the Ivy League standings during his six-season tenure.


Out: Bruiser Flint. Flint was fired after 15 seasons at Drexel, where the former UMass coach totaled a 245-217 record but bottomed out this season with no Damion Lee, and the 6-25 record at the end of the season sealed his fate.

North Carolina A&T

Out: Cy Alexander. Alexander resigned in January after the Aggies won five of their first 22 games and were destined for a third-straight season with a losing record. The longtime South Carolina State coach wants to stay involved at A&T and will pursue other opportunities within the athletic department.

In: Jay Joyner. Associate head coach was first promoted to interim head coach after Alexander’s resignation, and now the interim tag removed by the school. The Aggies were 5-3 in MEAC play under Joyner’s leadership, but A&T athletic director Earl Hilton said it was the coach’s “energy and passion along with his ability to get his players to give their best effort on the floor each night” that earned him the full-time gig.


Out: Brooks Thompson. Thompson was the second-longest tenured head coach in program history and compiled 133-178 record in 10 years. The highlight of his time with the Roadrunners was the school’s first NCAA tournament in any sport, knocking off Alabama State in the First Four in 2011.

“I met with Brooks earlier today and after evaluating all areas of the program, I have decided that it is time to make a change in leadership,” Hickey said. “I want to thank Brooks and his staff for all their contributions to the university over the years.”


Out: Aki Thomas. Thomas earned the full-time gig after spending a season as the interim coach at UMBC in 2012-13 — taking over following Randy Monroe’s resignation and leading the team a few more wins (7) than expected. But after four straight seasons with single-digit win totals, UMBC fired Thomas in March.


Out: Joe Scott. After nine years of leading the Pioneers, the school announced Friday that Scott would not return as head coach. A former Princeton assistant and then later head coach, replacing John Thompson III, Scott won regular season titles in the Mountain West as head coach of Air Force and in the WAC with Denver but never got the Pioneers to the NCAA tournament.

In: Rodney Billups. Billups was a standout guard at Denver and spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado before being named as the Pioneers’ 32nd head coach. Billups, 33, will stay with Colorado through the NCAA tournament before getting to work on his staff at Denver.

James Madison

Out: Matt Brady. After eight years, JMU announced Monday that it would be “mutually parting” with Brady. The athletic director cited a decline in home game attendance and the team’s struggles to advance in the conference tournament in the school’s release, all leading to a change at the top for the program.

Central Connecticut

Out: Howie Dickenman. After 26 combined years with Central Connecticut as a player, assistant and then head coach, Dickenman announced his intentions to retire at the end of the 2016 season in February. Dickenman has been the head coach at his alma mater since 1996, totaling a 281-311 record with three NCAA tournament appearances.

Prairie View A&M

Out: Byron Rimm. Rimm announced his resignation in January, effective immediately. At the time, the Panthers were 1-16 on the season and Rimm’s record with the program stood at 115-195.

In: Byron Smith. Smith was named interim head coach after Rimm’s resignation and on Monday the school removed the interim tag and named him the next head coach. PVAMU was energized by the change and won four of its final six games.

Jacksonville State

Out: James Green. Green and Jacksonville State announced this week that both sides “mutually agreed” to end the coach’s tenure as the team’s head coach. Green spent eight years on the sideline for Jacksonville State, leaving he program in “much better shape,” according to the school’s athletic director, but went 89-153.

Greg Gard got the interim tag removed at Wisconsin. (USATSI)


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