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There's no overriding theme to the hiring of a successful coach

Eight Big Six coaching jobs came open this offseason, and all have been filled.

That's two fewer Big Six jobs than last year. But just like last year, there was no overriding theme to the new hires: Of the eight new Big Six coaches, three came from mid-major programs, two were hired away from other Big Six programs, two were assistants at Big Six programs (the same one, actually) and one was a fired Big Six coach.

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John Calipari arrived at Kentucky from Memphis. (US Presswire)

This offseason's coaching hires underscore the same point as previous Big Six hires: There isn't really a sure-fire way to hire a successful coach.

Seven schools have combined to win the past 10 NCAA titles (three have won it twice in that span): Three had a former mid-major coach (Connecticut, Florida and Kentucky), two had a former Big Six coach (Kansas and North Carolina), one had a former low-major coach (Duke) and one was coached by an assistant who had been promoted (Syracuse).

We crunched some numbers among the 75 Big Six programs (we're counting TCU, which will be a member of the Big 12 next season) to find out what path athletic directors have taken when they've hired new basketball coaches.

Here's a look at where each current Big Six coach came from. An asterisk denotes a former team that has changed leagues since the coach was hired; the league at the time of the hiring is the one listed.

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ACC

Buzz: The ACC had one opening this offseason, at Virginia Tech. The Hokies hired James Johnson, who was an assistant at Clemson at the time of his hiring; he is the only Big Six coach who was an assistant at another league school when he was hired. There's a caveat with Johnson: He had been at Clemson just two weeks and was a Hokies assistant this past season. Four ACC coaches were hired away from other Big Six programs; three came from the Big 12. Four league coaches came from mid-major programs and one – Duke's Mike Krzyzewski – came from a low-major (Army, in 1980). All four of the coaches who came from mid-majors were hired in the past two years. Two were out of basketball when they were hired; both took their teams to the NCAA tourney this past season (Florida State and North Carolina State).

The particulars

Boston College
Coach: Steve Donahue
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Cornell, in Ivy)

Clemson
Coach: Brad Brownell
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Wright State, Horizon)

Duke
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski
Tenure: Hired in 1980
Status when hired: Low-major coach (Army, independent*)

Florida State
Coach: Leonard Hamilton
Tenure: Hired in 2002
Status when hired: Out of basketball

Georgia Tech
Coach: Brian Gregory
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Dayton, Atlantic 10)

Maryland
Coach: Mark Turgeon
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Texas A&M, Big 12)

Miami
Coach: Jim Larranaga
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (George Mason, Colonial Athletic Association)

North Carolina
Coach: Roy Williams
Tenure: Hired in 2003
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Kansas, Big 12)

North Carolina State
Coach: Mark Gottfried
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Out of coaching; working for ESPN as analyst

Virginia
Coach: Tony Bennett
Tenure: Hired in 2009
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Washington State, Pac-10)

Virginia Tech
Coach: James Johnson
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: Big Six assistant (Clemson, ACC)

Wake Forest
Coach: Jeff Bzdelik
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Colorado, Big 12)

Big East

Buzz: There were no changes made this offseason, which means a third of the conference's coaches (five of 15) will be in their second or third seasons at their school next season. Six league coaches were hired from mid-major programs - and all came from conferences in the Northeast (two from the MAAC, two from America East, one from the Ivy and one from the defunct North Atlantic). Three were promoted from assistant's jobs and two were hired from low-major programs; that's the highest in both of those categories of any Big Six league. Two came from other Big Six programs.

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Mick Cronin is one of the many Murray State coaches who have moved on to bigger jobs. (US Presswire)

The particulars

Cincinnati
Coach: Mick Cronin
Tenure: Hired in 2006
Status when hired: Low-major coach (Murray State, Ohio Valley)

Connecticut
Coach: Jim Calhoun
Tenure: Hired in 1986
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Northeastern, North Atlantic*)

DePaul
Coach: Oliver Purnell
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Clemson, ACC)

Georgetown
Coach: John Thompson III
Tenure: Hired in 2004
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Princeton, Ivy)

Louisville
Coach: Rick Pitino
Tenure: Hired in 2001
Status when hired: NBA coach (had resigned as Celtics coach)

Marquette
Coach: Buzz Williams
Tenure: Hired in 2008
Status when hired: Promoted from assistant

Notre Dame
Coach: Mike Brey
Tenure: Hired in 2000
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Delaware, America East*)

Pittsburgh
Coach: Jamie Dixon
Tenure: Hired in 2003
Status when hired: Promoted from assistant

Providence
Coach: Ed Cooley
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Fairfield, MAAC)

Rutgers
Coach: Mike Rice
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Low-major coach (Robert Morris, Northeast)

St. John's
Coach: Steve Lavin
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Out of coaching; working for ESPN as an analyst

Seton Hall
Coach: Kevin Willard
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Iona, MAAC)

Syracuse
Coach: Jim Boeheim
Tenure: Hired in 1976
Status when hired: Promoted from assistant

USF
Coach: Stan Heath
Tenure: Hired in 2007
Status when hired: fired Big Six coach (Arkansas, SEC)

Villanova
Coach: Jay Wright
Tenure: Hired in 2001
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Hofstra, America East*)

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Big Ten

Buzz: Two Big Ten schools changed coaches, Illinois and Nebraska. Seven conference coaches, including both new guys, were hired from mid-major programs, the second-most of any conference; each of the seven came from a different league, too. Three coaches came from other Big Six leagues, including two from the Big East.

The particulars

Illinois
Coach: John Groce
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Ohio, Mid-American)

Indiana
Coach: Tom Crean
Tenure: Hired in 2008
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Marquette, Big East)

Iowa
Coach: Fran McCaffrey
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Siena, MAAC)

Michigan
Coach: John Beilein
Tenure: Hired in 2007
Status when hired: Big Six coach (West Virginia, Big East*)

Michigan State
Coach: Tom Izzo
Tenure: Hired in 1995
Status when hired: Promoted from assistant

Minnesota
Coach: Tubby Smith
Tenure: Hired in 2007
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Kentucky, SEC)

Nebraska
Coach: Tim Miles
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Colorado State, Mountain West)

Northwestern
Coach: Bill Carmody
Tenure: Hired in 2000
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Princeton, Ivy)

Ohio State
Coach: Thad Matta
Tenure: Hired in 2004
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Xavier, Atlantic 10)

Penn State
Coach: Ed DeChellis
Tenure: Hired in 2003
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (East Tennessee State, Southern*)

Purdue
Coach: Matt Painter
Tenure: Hired in 2005
Status when hired: Promoted from assistant

Wisconsin
Coach: Bo Ryan
Tenure: Hired in 2001
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (UW Milwaukee, Horizon)

Big 12

Buzz: There will be two new coaches next season, at Kansas State and at league newcomer TCU. Half of the league's 10 coaches come from other Big Six schools, which is the most of any league. Conversely, three were hired away from mid-majors, which is the fewest for any league. Kansas and Kansas State each have a coach whose previous stop was Illinois.

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Scott Drew came to Baylor from Valparaiso. (US Presswire)

The particulars

Baylor
Coach: Scott Drew
Tenure: Hired in 2003
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Valparaiso, Mid-Continent*)

Iowa State
Coach: Fred Hoiberg
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: NBA administrator

Kansas
Coach: Bill Self
Tenure: Hired in 2003
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Illinois, Big Ten)

Kansas State
Coach: Bruce Weber
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: fired Big Six coach (Illinois, Big Ten)

Oklahoma
Coach: Lon Kruger
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (UNLV, Mountain West)

Oklahoma State
Coach: Travis Ford
Tenure: Hired in 2008
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Massachusetts, Atlantic 10)

Texas
Coach: Rick Barnes
Tenure: Hired in 1998
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Clemson, ACC)

TCU
Coach: Trent Johnson
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: Big Six coach (LSU, SEC)

Texas Tech
Coach: Billy Gillispie
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Out of basketball

West Virginia
Coach: Bob Huggins
Tenure: Hired in 2007
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Kansas State, Big 12)

Pac-12

Buzz: There was no coaching turnover in the Pac-12 this offseason. Two of the league's 12 coaches were hired away from other Big Six programs, tied for the fewest nationally with the Big East. In addition, two came from low-major programs, tied for the most with the Big East. Two league coaches were NBA assistants when hired. Four coaches were hired from mid-major programs. One was an athletic administrator at another league school and one was an assistant at another Big Six school.

The particulars

Arizona
Coach: Sean Miller
Tenure: Hired in 2009
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Xavier, Atlantic 10)

Arizona State
Coach: Herb Sendek
Tenure: Hired in 2006
Status when hired: Big Six coach (NC State, ACC)

California
Coach: Mike Montgomery
Tenure: Hired in 2008
Status when hired: Out of basketball; was working in the Stanford athletic administration

Colorado
Coach: Tad Boyle
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Low-major coach (Northern Colorado, Big Sky)

Oregon
Coach: Dana Altman
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Creighton, Missouri Valley)

Oregon State
Coach: Craig Robinson
Tenure: Hired in 2008
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Brown, Ivy)

Stanford
Coach: Johnny Dawkins
Tenure: Hired in 2008
Status when hired: Big Six assistant (Duke, ACC)

UCLA
Coach: Ben Howland
Tenure: Hired in 2003
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Pittsburgh, Big East)

USC
Coach: Kevin O'Neill
Tenure: Hired in 2009
Status when hired: NBA assistant

Utah
Coach: Larry Krystowiak
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: NBA assistant

Washington
Coach: Lorenzo Romar
Tenure: Hired in 2002
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Saint Louis, Conference USA*)

Washington State
Coach: Ken Bone
Tenure: Hired in 2009
Status when hired: Low-major coach (Portland State, Big Sky)

SEC

Buzz: There will be three new coaches in the SEC next season, the most of any Big Six conference. That means six league coaches will be in their first, second or third year at their school next season. Eight league coaches were hired from mid-major programs, the most of any conference. Four came from other Big Six leagues and one was an assistant at another Big Six school.

The particulars

Alabama
Coach: Anthony Grant
Tenure: Hired in 2009
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (VCU, Colonial)

Arkansas
Coach: Mike Anderson
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Missouri, Big 12)

Auburn
Coach: Tony Barbee
Tenure: Hired in 2010
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (UTEP, Conference USA)

Florida
Coach: Billy Donovan
Tenure: Hired in 1996
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Marshall, Southern*)

Georgia
Coach: Mark Fox
Tenure: Hired in 2009
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Nevada, WAC)

Kentucky
Coach: John Calipari
Tenure: Hired in 2009
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Memphis, Conference USA)

LSU
Coach: Johnny Jones
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (North Texas, Sun Belt)

Mississippi
Coach: Andy Kennedy
Tenure: Hired in 2006
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Cincinnati, Big East - had been Bearcats interim coach)

Mississippi State
Coach: Rick Ray
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: Big Six assistant (Clemson, ACC)

Missouri
Coach: Frank Haith
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Miami, ACC)

South Carolina
Coach: Frank Martin
Tenure: Hired in 2012
Status when hired: Big Six coach (Kansas State, Big 12)

Tennessee
Coach: Cuonzo Martin
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Missouri State, Missouri Valley)

Texas A&M
Coach: Billy Kennedy
Tenure: Hired in 2011
Status when hired: Low-major coach (Murray State, Ohio Valley)

Vanderbilt
Coach: Kevin Stallings
Tenure: Hired in 1999
Status when hired: Mid-major coach (Illinois State, Missouri Valley)

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