At some universities, the two most high profile people on campus rarely interact: The football and men’s basketball head coaches.
Despite being intertwined at the top of their school’s athletic department, the leaders of the gridiron and hoops’ programs can often go days or weeks without crossing paths. They usually have offices in different buildings and stay bunkered in their team’s facilities without leaving. When they need something from the outside world, they can send someone to go get it.
The time when the football and men’s basketball coaches see each other the most is when one of them tries to use the other’s team to benefit his. Recruiting high school prospects is a year-round activity. When recruits come to visit, the coaches want to show them their campus at its best; this usually happens at football and men’s basketball games. So you’ll usually see a football coach bringing a recruit to a basketball game, or a basketball coach bringing a recruit to a football contest.
Which school’s coaches can help each other the most?
Earlier, we ranked the most successful football and men’s basketball programs of the 21st century. Now, we’re ranking the 10 schools that have the best combination of coaches in football and men’s basketball.
The ranking is based on current status, and while a coach’s past achievements are obviously taken into account, if it was achieved a while ago and nothing close has happened since, it doesn’t mean much to this ranking. If a coach achieved something at a school other than the one he’s currently at, he’s still given credit, but timeliness is weighed.