Western Athletic Conference

Early returns mixed for familiar first-year coaches

The coaching carousel is a rite of late spring in college basketball, a chance for the next hot young coach to cash in on an unexpected March run or for more established faces to get a second (or third, or fourth) shot at turning around a floundering program.

The spring of 2016 featured a heavy dose of the latter, as coaches with a proven track record whose time at their old jobs may have grown a bit stale sprinted at new opportunities.

With less than two months to go before Selection Sunday, there have been some pleasant surprises (we see you, Tubby Smith) and some harsh reality checks (hunker down for the long run, Kevin Stallings).

A quick look at who has found the...