Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Best and Worst Coaching Jobs in the Big Sky

ESPN had an article the other day ranking the best and worst coaching jobs in all of the conference, and here is what they had to say about the Big Sky:

Big Sky
Best: Weber State/Montana -- Only fitting since these two easily have been the best programs in the Big Sky in recent history.
Worst: Sacramento State -- The Hornets have a coach named Katz, but even that wasn't enough to impress the voters.
It's hard to argue with the results.

Weber State and Montana seem to clearly be above the rest of the conference right now, which obviously helps this distinction. Both have great fan bases (with the top two attendance figures in the conference) and excellent stability.

On the flipside, Sacramento State seems like the best choice for the worst job right now. While there are definitely fans passionate about the program (I have interacted with many such people), interest as a whole is not nearly as much as other schools, and they can sometimes be an afterthought in the city of Sacramento. Their facilities are not great either, and their attendance is pitiful. This year could be their best year in quite some time, so it will be interesting to see if perceptions change.

Another Big Sky school got a mention later in the article:

Best: Oakland -- No more Oral Roberts, so the we'll-play-anyone Golden Grizzlies were the easy pick here. But are they long for the Summit League? They've made no secret of wanting to be Butler's replacement in the Horizon.
Worst: Missouri-Kansas City -- This honor probably would've gone to Southern Utah, but it's off to the Big Sky. So UMKC it is.
When the article first posted, Southern Utah was listed as the worst job in the Summit... but thankfully, the fact checkers did earn their salaries.

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