Names that could pop up on Tennessee’s coaching search for a men’s basketball coach:
School: Virginia Commonwealth (2nd year). Smart’s first VCU team went 27-9 and his second is in the Sweet 16 after wins over Southern Cal, Georgetown and Purdue.
Alma mater: Kenyon College.
Background: Smart was hired at VCU to replace Anthony Grant, who left for Alabama. Smart had been an assistant at Florida for one year, at Clemson for two years and was previously on the staffs at Dayton and Akron. He is originally from Madison, Wis.
School: Butler. Stevens has broken the NCAA record for most wins in his first four years as a head coach and has the Bulldogs back in the Sweet 16 after a narrow loss in the national championship game last season. He signed a new contract last spring that runs through 2022 and is speculated to be in the $1 million per year range.
Alma mater: DePauw (Ind.).
Background: The Indiana native has spent his entire coaching career at Butler. He was an assistant to Todd Lickliter, then replaced him when Lickliter left for Iowa four years ago.
School: Richmond. Mooney has the Spiders in the NCAA Sweet 16 in his sixth season at the Atlantic 10 Conference mid-major progam. He signed a contract extention in 2010 that takes him through 20-17 and could be worth as much as $700,000.
Alma mater: Princeton.
Background: The Philadelphia native played under legendary Pete Carill at Princeton. His first head-coaching job was Arcadia University. He was head coach at Air Force in 2004-05, then was hired at Richmond.
School: Marquette. Williams’ fourth season finds the Golden Eagles in the Sweet 16. His salary a couple of years ago was around $850,000 per year but is no doubt more now.
Alma mater: Oklahoma City.
Background: A Texas native, Williams was an assistant at several small schools in Louisiana and Texas and then Colorado State. He spent two seasons on Billie Gillispie’s staff at Texas A&M and was head coach one year at New Orleans before Marquette hired him to replace Tom Crean.
School: Wichita State. Completing his fourth year, Marshall has had consecutive 25-win seasons that led to NIT appearances.
Alma mater: Randolph-Macon.
Background: He spent eight years under John Kresse at small-college power College of Charleston, then got the head job at Winthrop. In nine seasons at Winthrop, Marshall’s teams made seven NCAA tournament appearances (including taking Tennessee to the buzzer in 2006). He was hired at Wichita to replace Mark Turgeon and reportedly turned down the Iowa job last year. Marshall interviewed at Tennessee in 2001 while at Winthrop, but Buzz Peterson was hired.
School: Texas A&M. Turgeon is 97-40 since taking over for Billy Gillispie four years ago, winning at least 24 games each year. It is believed Turgeon’s package is about $1.5 million a year.
Alma mater: Kansas.
Background: The Topeka native played for LarryBrown at Kansas and also spent five years there as an assistant coach. He went to Oregon on Jerry Green’s staff in 1992, spent one year on Larry Brown’s NBA staff in Philadelphia, then got the head job at Jacksonville State in Alabama. Two years later, Wichita State hired him and he went 128-89 (including a win over Tennessee in 2006 to reach the Sweet 16).
School: Missouri State. Martin won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title in his third year, but had to settle for the NIT after losing in the conference tournament title game. Martin is believed to make around $300,000 a year.
Alma mater: Purdue.
Background: Martin came from tough East St. Louis to star at Purdue from 1991-95. He played pro ball four years then got into coaching at Purdue under Gene Keady and then Matt Painter. Missouri State is is first head job.