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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1:23 p.m.

ESPN: men’s basketball coaching job at GW isn’t the best, or worst, in A-10

 

Head coach Mike Lonergan exits the court last season. Hatchet File Photo

ESPN.com ranked the best and worst of men’s collegiate basketball coaching jobs today, giving the Xavier gig the nod for top in the Atlantic 10 – and Fordham the worst.

The rankings only listed the top and bottom three for each conference, and though GW’s head coaching position “picked up some votes” for the worst in the league, the article said, it wasn’t enough to make the list. Conferences were ranked based on the 2012-13 league profiles by 14 ESPN writers and TV analysts.

They took into consideration “facilities, expectation level, athletic budget, wins and losses, recruiting base, fan support/pressure and all of the other factors that go into determining the “best” jobs in the ever-crazy profession of college basketball coaching,” Brett Edgerton of ESPN.com reported.

The top three men’s basketball head coaching jobs in the A-10 were ranked as Xavier, Temple and Butler. The bottom three were Duquesne, St. Bonaventure and Fordham.

“No matter who the coach is, Xavier just keeps winning year after year. That would be the definition of a good coaching job — and that’s why X was the unanimous pick. VCU was the group’s choice for the third spot before Butler’s decision to move to the A-10 immediately prompted a re-vote,” the article reported. “As for the bottom three, Rhode Island and GW picked up some votes but Fordham’s non-stop losing, the Bonnies’ remote location and Duquesne’s 25-year tourney drought was too much to overcome. “