In the few months we have before the College Basketball season gets back underway, lists have been coming out as of late to quench our collective thirst for our beloved sport in the meantime.
CBS Sports released a list of the most under-appreciated coaches in College Basketball. Writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed 100 coaches across the country (both head and assistants) and came to the following list, with each coach below receiving a minimum of three votes each.
|Bob McKillop (Davidson)||10.5 percent|
|Ed Cooley (Providence)||9.5 percent|
|Rick Byrd (Belmont)||7.6 percent|
|Mike Brey (Notre Dame)||5.7 percent|
|Brad Brownell (Clemson)||5.7 percent|
|Mick Cronin (Cincinnati)||5.7 percent|
|Bob Huggins (West Virginia)||3.8 percent|
|Bruce Weber (Kansas State)||3.8 percent|
|John Beilein (Michigan)||2.9 percent|
|Lon Kruger (Oklahoma)||2.9 percent|
|Matt Painter (Purdue)||2.9 percent|
|Mike Young (Wofford)||2.9 percent|
Providence’s Ed Cooley came in second amongst those tallied, trailing only Davidson’s Bob McKillop, a very fine choice for the most under-appreciated coach in the Nation. Cooley was also the only Big East coach to make the list although I would argue that Creighton’s Greg McDermott should have gotten some recognition as well.
Here’s a quote from one of the coaches talking about Cooley in the article:
“Ed Cooley probably isn’t underappreciated within the Big East or the northeast in general — but I am not sure if nationally people realize how good this guy is and how good he has things rolling at Providence. To get to five straight NCAA Tournaments at Providence is an unbelievable accomplishment. Once he pushes through to the next level and gets to a Sweet 16, and people really take a closer look, they will see how good he is.”
I can tell you one thing for certain, those of us in Friartown certainly do not under-appreciate the fact that Ed Cooley is our coach. In fact, we thank our lucky stars every single chance we get.
In Cooley We Trust.