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As usual, there was a plethora of changes on the college basketball coaching landscape. The reasons for changes are plenty, from up & coming coaches moving upward, to elder statesmen retiring, to simply poor performers being replaced. On every program that makes a change, there will be some impact felt. Most schools hope that the impact is positive, but as we know, that is not always the case. Let's take a look at this year's changes and analyze what impact it might have on our wagering this winter.

BINGHAMTON
Former Coach: Mark Macon (3 seasons)
New Coach: Tommy Dempsey (Rider Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 1
Analysis: Rider has played a faster pace than Binghamton recently. Complete rebuilding job after finishing with two wins and lowest RPI in the country last season.

BROWN
Former Coach: Jesse Agel (4 seasons)
New Coach: Mike Martin (Pennsylvania Assistant)
Returning Starters: 3
Analysis: Mike Martin is just 29 years old and a former player on very successful Brown teams. He was most recently at Penn last year as assistant so well familiar with Ivy League play.

CANISIUS
Former Coach: Tom Parrotta (6 seasons)
New Coach: Jim Baron (Rhode Island Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Jim Baron had a great run at Rhode Island before the wheels fell off last year. His teams were up-tempo. After just five wins last season, four starters return in what should be a much more competitive team under Baron.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Former Coach: Ernie Zeigler (6 seasons)
New Coach: Keno Davis (Former Drake and Providence Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 1
Analysis: Keno Davis had good runs at Drake and Providence then spent last season as an analyst on Big Ten Network. Offense should be faster paced than recent CMU teams but this is a big rebuilding job with just one starter back.

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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

Former Coach: Bobby Cremins (6 seasons)
New Coach: Doug Wojcik (Tulsa Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Tulsa's loss could be College of Charleston's gain after Wojcik was let go due to falling attendance. Wojcik is a disciple of Tom Izzo and thus his teams are offensively efficient while focusing on defense and rebounding. Expect a bit slower pace in Charleston.

COLORADO STATE
Former Coach: Tim Miles (5 seasons)
New Coach: Larry Eustachy (Southern Miss Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 3
Analysis: Larry Eustachy is well known for resurrecting crumbling programs. That won't be needed at Colorado State, as this team has three starters back from the 2012 group that reached the NCAA tourney for first time in nine years. Don't expect much change for pace or quality.

DUQUESNE
Former Coach: Ron Everhart (6 seasons)
New Coach: Jim Ferry (Long Island Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Jim Ferry's teams at Long Island got up and down the court like few others so expect a up-tempo, aggressive offensive team this season at Duquesne.

EASTERN ILLINOIS
Former Coach: Mike Miller (7 seasons)
New Coach: Jay Spoonhour (Former UNLV Assistant)
Returning Starters: 0
Analysis: Jay Spoonhour has served as a Head Coach in the D-II ranks as well as an assistant at UNLV. This is his first D-I head coaching gig and will be a fresh start for a team replacing all of its starters from a 12-17 season of a year ago.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Former Coach: Isiah Thomas (3 seasons)
New Coach: Richard Pitino (Louisville Assitant)
Returning Starters: 0
Analysis: Son of Rick Pitino gets his first head coaching gig, replacing the embattled Isiah Thomas. Pitino should recruit well and his teams will play fast, but don't expect a whole lot from this group this season.

GRAMBLING
Former Coach: Bobby Washington (3 seasons)
New Coach: Joseph Price (Lamar Assistant)
Returning Starters: 1
Analysis: Grambling is on NCAA probabtion, making the need for a first year Head Coach necessary. Price won't figure to change a whole lot pace-wise for this team, but it won't take much to improve on last year's 4-24 record.

IDAHO STATE
Former Coach: Deane Martin (1 season)
New Coach: Bill Evans (Montana Assistant)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: A tumultuous 12-month period at Idaho State finds Evans as the third Head Coach during that span. The school has had nine straight losing seasons. Having come from Montana, Evans is familiar with the Big Sky Conference.

ILLINOIS
Former Coach: Bruce Weber (9 seasons)
New Coach: John Groce (Ohio U Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: The Bruce Weber era at Illinois ran its course but not after some very fine moments. A high profile job like Illinois figured to attract a well-known commodity or a rising star. They got the latter, as Groce was climbing the ranks with what he built at Ohio. He was also at Ohio State prior to that as an assistant to Thad Matta so expect this to be a stable situation.

ILLINOIS STATE
Former Coach: Tim Jankovich (5 seasons)
New Coach: Dan Muller (Vanderbilt Assistant)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Muller is a ISU alumn, having played there the last timethe team made the NCAA's in '88. His team has four starters back and shouldn't miss a beat after going 21-14 last season.

KANSAS STATE
Former Coach: Frank Martin (5 seasons)
New Coach: Bruce Weber (Illinois Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: When blessed with talent, Bruce Weber's Illinois teams resembled the Kansas State teams of Frank Martin. Unfortunately that was years ago. This team will probably drop off a bit as it will be hard to match the intensity Martin instilled in recent K-State teams. Don't expect them to play as fast either.

LONG ISLAND
Former Coach: Jim Ferry (10 seasons)
New Coach: Jack Perri (Long Island Assistant)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Four starters are back and the system will remain the same under former assistant Jack Perri. Don't expect much change or any drop off.

LSU
Former Coach: Trent Johnson (4 seasons)
New Coach: Johnny Jones (North Texas Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 3
Analysis: LSU put a "LSU man" back in charge after Trent Johnson in no fewer words told the school that it wasn't for him. Johnny Jones played at LSU and has many former alums in his corner, no less than Shaq himself. Jones resurrected North Texas' program and should bring an energy and up-tempo game that has been missing here lately.

MIAMI OHIO
Former Coach: Charlie Coles (16 seasons)
New Coach: John Cooper (Tennessee State Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 3
Analysis: This could be as big of a coaching change as any in college basketball. Miami Ohio was known for patient play under Coles. Cooper prefers a more up-tempo style. Tennessee State averaged some 6 possessions more per game than Miami Ohio last year.

MISS VALLEY STATE
Former Coach: Sean Woods (4 seasons)
New Coach: Chico Potts (Miss Valley State Assistant)
Returning Starters: 0
Analysis: Chico Potts gets the unenviable task of taking over a program that is on a one-year postseason ban and must replace 98.9% of its offensive production from last season. There's no way this team comes anywhere close to matching its 21-13 record.

MISSISSIPPI STATE
Former Coach: Rick Stansbury (14 seasons)
New Coach: Rick Ray (Clemson Assistant)
Returning Starters: 0
Analysis: Rebuilding in a conference as tough as the SEC is one thing. Having to do it with as much roster changeover as Rick Ray does is a whole other. All five starters are gone from the 21-12 Bulldogs' team of last season. Ray, an assistant with Clemson last season, but really relies on the systems of Purdue, where he also once coached.

MOREHEAD STATE
Former Coach: Donnie Tyndall (6 seasons)
New Coach: Sean Woods (Miss Valley State Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Sean Woods built Mississippi Valley State into a NCAA tournament team. He won't have to build as much at Morehead State, but he will transform the Eagles. Watch this team closely in the early going, as MVS averaged almost nine possessions more per game than Morehead State did last season.

MOUNT ST MARY'S
Former Coach: Robert Burke (2 seasons)
New Coach: Jamion Christian (VA Commonwealth Assistant)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Jamion Christian was a former 3-year captain at Mount St Mary's as a player. This is is first head coaching assignment after leaving VCU. The Rams played a higher tempo brand of basketball than the Mountaineers so don't be surprised to see a pick-up in pace.

NEBRASKA
Former Coach: Doc Sadler (6 seasons)
New Coach: Tim Miles (Colorado State Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 1
Analysis: Tim Miles took Colorado State to the NCAA tournament last year after a 9-year absence. Coaching in the Big Ten was too much to pass up though. Although the Rams weren't exactly playing at an up-tempo pace, don't expect Nebraska to be as painfully slow as they played under Doc Sadler.

NORTH TEXAS
Former Coach: Johnny Jones (11 seasons)
New Coach: Tony Benford (Marquette Assistant)
Returning Starters: 5
Analysis: Tony Benford has spent 20 years as an assistant and is well known in the recruiting ranks. That impact will be felt down the road. For now, the Mean Green have all five starters back from an 18-win team, so don't expect too much to change in 2012-13. If anything, this team might play even faster.

NORTHERN ARIZONA
Former Coach: Mike Adras (7 seasons)
New Coach: Jack Murphy (Memphis Assistant)
Returning Starters: 3
Analysis: Jack Murphy takes over a program that experienced its first real troubles over the course of the last 12 months. He is the third Head Coach in that span. Murphy will be looking for the Lumberjacks to pick up the pace and his recruiting prowess will certainly help NAU over the long haul.

OHIO U
Former Coach: John Groce (4 seasons)
New Coach: Jim Christian (TCU Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 5
Analysis: TCU averaged about 2.5 more possessions per game than Ohio did last season, but with five starters returning, don't expect anything more than a gradual change in style from this team. After all, who would tinker too much with a team that was 29-8 a year ago and has almost all of its production back.

RHODE ISLAND
Former Coach: Jim Baron (11 seasons)
New Coach: Dan Hurley (Wagner Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Dan Hurley did some very nice things at Wagner and hopes to do the same at Rhode Island, a school coming off a miserable 7-24 campaign. Hurley's first order of business was to introduce his aggressive, attacking style of play to a roster that sees just five total players back.

RIDER
Former Coach: Tommy Dempsey (6 seasons)
New Coach: Kevin Baggett (Rider Assistant Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Baggett served as an assistant at Rider under Tommy Dempsey so there doesn't figure to be a whole lot of changes in store for the Broncos other than a little more stress on the defensive end of the court.

SMU
Former Coach: Matt Doherty (6 seasons)
New Coach: Larry Brown (Former coach at many stops)
Returning Starters: 3
Analysis: Only Larry Brown can explain why he made the choice to come back to a school with so little of a basketball pedigree as SMU. In any case, his team figures to be better than the 13-19 team of Matt Doherty, if for no other reasons than they will play faster and better defensively.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Former Coach: Darrin Horn (4 seasons)
New Coach: Frank Martin (Kansas State Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Martin's teams at Kansas State played with a fire and intenstiy rarely matched in college basketball. They also played a much faster pace than recent South Carolina teams. Expect those changes in South Carolina as Martin inherits a reasonably athletic SEC roster.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Former Coach: Chris Lowery (8 seasons)
New Coach: Barry Hinson (Kansas Assistant)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Southern Illinois was just 8-23 last season. However, four starters return and the Salukis plucked a top assistant from one of the best programs in the country to try and right the ship.

SOUTHERN MISS
Former Coach: Larry Eustachy (8 seasons)
New Coach: Donnie Tyndall (Morehead State Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Morehead State played 90% matchup zone defense and mixed in full court pressure. While those tendencies would suggest a higher pace, the truth is that the Eagles averaged just over 60 possessions per game, a VERY slow pace. Expect the same at Southern Miss in what he self-admittedly calls a rebuilding season.

ST FRANCIS-PA
Former Coach: Don Friday (4 seasons)
New Coach: Rob Krimmel (St Francis-PA Assistant)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Rob Krimmel served as an assistant under Don Friday and figures to implement the same style of play. With four starters back, the Red Flash should improve on their 6-23 record.

TCU
Former Coach: Jim Christian (4 seasons)
New Coach: Trent Johnson (LSU Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Trent Johnson admits the fit wasn't right for him at LSU. He claims to have taken the TCU job because it was an opportunity to keep building to a program on the rise. Now in the Big 12, TCU is finally in "big time" basketball. His teams at LSU typically played about three possessions less per game than what TCU is used to.

TENNESSEE STATE
Former Coach: John Cooper (3 seasons)
New Coach: Travis Williams (Tennessee State Assistant)
Returning Starters: 4
Analysis: Travis Williams watched John Cooper build Tennessee State into a 20-win team and doesn't figure to mess with the momentum being built when four starters are returning from an OVC championship contending team.

TEXAS SOUTHERN
Former Coach: Tony Harvey (4 seasons)
New Coach: Mike Davis (UAB Head Coach)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: The word "deliberate" can be used to describe the pace of play that UAB employed under Mike Davis. Considering that Texas Southern averaged four more possessions per game last season than UAB, Davis' impact could be a shock to the system.

TEXAS TECH
Former Coach: Billy Gillispie (1 season)
New Coach: Chris Walker (Texas Tech Assistant)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Four head coaches have been at Texas Tech since 2008, and the best word to describe the program right now is "disarray". Gillispie's stay was volatile at best. With two carryover starters from last year's 8-23 team, expectations are much lower than they have been in Lubbock in a long time.

TULSA
Former Coach: Doug Wojcik (7 seasons)
New Coach: Danny Manning (Kansas Assistant)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: Yes. That Danny Manning. The former Kansas star and assistant coach takes over a Tulsa team that has consistently been a 20-win club perennially. If he injects any of Kansas's systems or success into the program, the Golden Hurricane could be even better.

UAB
Former Coach: Mike Davis (6 seasons)
New Coach: Jerod Haase (North Carolina Assistant)
Returning Starters: 3
Analysis: Talk about a shock to a system. After an up & down run during Mike Davis' six years at UAB, the Blazers turn to a UNC assistant and Roy Williams disciple. It remains to be seen however, whether or not Haase implements the same systems that UNC employed, recognizing the difference in athletes.

VIRGINIA TECH
Former Coach: Seth Greenberg (9 seasons)
New Coach: James Johnson (Clemson Assistant)
Returning Starters: 2
Analysis: James Johnson most recently served as an assistant at Clemson but prior to that he was right where he is now, in Blacksburg, helping Seth Greenberg put this football-heavy school on the basketball map. Don't expect a whole lot different in terms of schemes, but this team could be better with four starters back from its 16-17 team of 2011-12.

WAGNER
Former Coach: Dan Hurley (2 seasons)
New Coach: Bashir Mason (Wagner Assistant)
Returning Starters: 5
Analysis: Other than having just hired a coach that is a mere 28 years old in Bashir Mason, the typical Wagner fan shouldn't have a whole lot of worries on his or her mind. Five starters are back from a team that was 25-6 a year ago, and Mason served under Danny Hurley, who left in indelible mark on this program. Mason just hopes to keep the momentum going.

WINTHROP
Former Coach: Randy Peele (5 seasons)
New Coach: Pat Kelsey (Former Wake Forest Assistant)
Returning Starters: 0
Analysis: Pat Kelsey learned coaching under his Mentor Skip Prosser, who loved a faster pace of play. Under Randy Peele, Winthrop stressed defense and patience. Suffice to say, a lot could be different in 2012-13 for the Eagles. If ever there was a time for a scheme change, this would be it, as Winthrop not only replaces its coach, but its entire starting five as well.

  
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