ESPN.com ranked the top 50 men’s basketball coaches in the nation, and Iowa’s Fran McCaffery made the cut.
It looks pretty good for Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, too.
The website released Nos. 25-50 on Monday, with the top 24 to be released over the next five weeks. McCaffery is ranked 33rd, three spots ahead of former Iowa coach Steve Alford, who is currently at UCLA.
To formulate the list, ESPN says it polled nearly 100 of its journalists and researchers “to rate college basketball coaches on all aspects of running a program,” and mentioned as a disclaimer, “This isn’t about legacy. It’s all about the present.”
Hoiberg is not listed in Nos. 25-50, nor was he mentioned among coaches who “just missed” making the list. It’s safe to assume The Mayor is somewhere in the top 24, considering he has led his team to three straight NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 berth in March.
Alford’s Bruins advanced to the Sweet 16 this year. McCaffery’s Hawkeyes reached the top 10 in this year’s national rankings at one point, but lost in a “First Four” game of the NCAA Tournament.
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