You're a successful college basketball coach. You like your job but there's no harm in being curious about what else is out there.
Your agent calls with the following information:
Tennessee, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma, they all wonder if you'd be interested.
So who are you willing to listen to?
There are five major jobs on the market. Two in the ACC, two in the Big 12 and then there's Tennessee.
Which is the most attractive? How do they rank?
Those are questions a bunch of folks are asking this week, including athletic directors, candidates and, of course, fan bases.
Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Oklahoma fired coaches for losing. Tennessee fired a coach who won big but had ethical issues with the NCAA. Missouri's coach got poached by Arkansas.
While all five aren't necessarily going after the same candidates, you can bet there is plenty of overlapping.
Brad Stevens of Butler, for one, could have his choice of the five, but he's unlikely to make a move.
But several candidates will inevitably find themselves being courted by two or more schools hungry to win.
I asked a couple of experts to help me with the pros and cons of the Big Five. Their opinions varied.
Chris Dortch publishes Blue Ribbon Yearbook, the most thorough preseason guide on the market, offering a detailed breakdown on every Division I team from Vermont to Virginia to Valparaiso.
Tony Barnhart is best known for SEC and national college football analysis but he's also a past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Both agree Oklahoma is a good job but that Missouri, the newest school on the market, is a really good job.
There is a recent history of success, passionate fans and a rich recruiting base in St. Louis, Kansas City and Illinois. Plus, the Tigers return a ready-made tournament team next year.
As to which job east of the Mississippi is best, there's no consensus.
Georgia Tech has pros (Atlanta, the ACC) but also cons (academic restrictions, budget limitations).
"If you put all the positives together, I think Tennessee is the best of these jobs,'' said Dortch. "I talk to coaches from all around the country and Tennessee is a coveted job.''
Dortch lives in Chattanooga and admits he might be a tad partial. But he points to the facilities, the budget and the success Bruce Pearl achieved the past six years.
"A young coach wants to go to a school that's in the top three in its league,'' Dortch said. "The SEC has Kentucky and Florida but Bruce showed you can deal with them.
"And they have the checkbook. There's nothing like putting your money where your mouth is.''
Barnhart gives the nod to N.C. State, even though the Wolfpack hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2006 and lives in the shadow of Duke and North Carolina.
"I know (athletic director) Debbie Yow is willing to pay whatever it takes,'' Barnhart said. "Money will not be the issue.
"They have a good building and the fan base is hungry.''
Tennessee has a problem, obviously, with unknown NCAA sanctions looming and AD Mike Hamilton's popularity at low ebb.
"In the place they're in right now,'' said Barnhart, "it's hard for me to see Tennessee hiring a really good coach away from somebody else.''
An AD search would complicate UT's dilemma at the moment. Damage control is the better option.
"The administration has to pledge its support for Mike Hamilton,'' Dortch said. "They have to convince people Mike is going to be there and that he knows what he's doing.''
So now we wait and see who listens to whom.