College basketball coaching changes 2022 tracker, rumors, coach carousel analysis: LSU fires Will Wade

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The biggest news in college basketball on Saturday might not be game-related.

LSU Coach will wade was fired.

The school announcement on Saturday afternoon distracted from a huge day of games, as Wade managed to keep his job for three years despite a phone tap in 2017 discussing paying players to come to USL. The school received its long-awaited Notice of Allegations from the NCAA earlier this week, prompting the process to fire Wade for cause, meaning the university has no intention of pay him another dollar. LSU is a very good SEC job that has a proud history.

The next coach will have his work cut out for him to restore his image under Wade, but there will be no shortage of candidates. Still: LSU could face significant NCAA penalties (including a possible postseason ban) even after firing Wade. With seven major violations imposed on the men’s basketball program, LSU’s future looks murky at best heading into this offseason.

More Saturday coach carousel news: Tulsa Frank Haith told CBS Sports that he was stepping down after his eight-year run with the program. The school went 138-108 (11-20 this season) and made an NCAA Tournament under Haith.

The news from Wade and Haith means there are 28 jobs that have changed so far in this year’s coaching carousel.

Three of the jobs that should switch did so at the end of the week. Cuonzo Martin was fired in Missouri on Friday. Bruce Weber announced his resignation to Kansas State after 10 years on Thursday. In Georgia, the school severed its ties with Tom Crean after four years on Thursday as well. Potential candidates for these openings – and more – can be found in the capsules below. Also on Friday: David Cox was fired in Rhode Island, a move seen as inevitable in recent weeks.

Speaking to various sources over the past two weeks, it’s fair to expect another half-dozen power conference jobs to open up as March progresses.

The SEC is expected to be the league with the most change, with the potential to open up to six jobs. Georgia was the first, and as previously reported here, Missouri’s opening came as no surprise. LSU now has a vacancy and Mississippi State is also expected to open, according to multiple sources.

But not everyone in the hot seat gets a pink slip. A coach who received good news on Thursday: Stanford’s Jerod Haase. Following Stanford’s loss to Arizona in the Pac-12 Quarterfinals, Stanford DA Bernard Muir announced that Haase would return for a seventh season. Speculation about Haase’s future rose sharply behind the scenes on Thursday before Muir put that speculation to rest.

There are now six power conference jobs with vacancies: Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, LSU, Kansas State and Georgia.

Notable on the Maryland front: USC announced Wednesday morning it was signed Andy Enfield to a restructured contract until 2027-2028. Enfield is in his ninth season at USC, and because he attended graduate school in Maryland and is a native of that area, he has gained ground over the past two months as a candidate. viable to take the Terps gig. It will not happen. Enfield has the Trojans 25-6 ranked No. 21 in the AP poll. Last year’s team qualified for the Elite Eight.

Elsewhere, Jim Larrañaga put an end to retirement rumors: Miami announced that Larrañaga had signed a new contract until 2025-26.

Other coaches who received another year: Patrick Ewing of Georgetown, Bobby Hurley of Arizona State, Fred Hoiberg of Nebraska and Kevin Keatts of NC State.

This story will serve as a continuous update house of all the latest news as news comes in about who’s been hired, who’s been laid off, retirements and more. It will be updated daily, sometimes multiple times a day, so check back often.

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