News broke late Sunday night that TCU had dismissed head basketball coach Trent Johnson, after Johnson's fourth season at the helm. In that time, he was just 8-64 in Big 12 play, giving him the worst conference winning percentage (.111) of any coach ever in the Big 12.
In a statement Monday morning, TCU SID Mark Cohen noted that, "A search will begin immediately for TCU’s next head men’s basketball coach." We don't know who is on the list quite yet, but here are ten names to keep an eye on as the coaching search begins. (Note: We'll update this list throughout the day as other names crop up).
Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin: Underwood has found unparalleled success at Stephen F. Austin, compiling an 88-13 record in three seasons at SFA, including 53-1 in Southland Conference play. This year, Underwood's team earned its third straight NCAA Tournament bid. The 51-year-old Kansas State alum has only coached for three years at the Division I level but had been an assistant for nearly 25 years prior to being hired by SFA. Most notably, he was an assistant under Bob Huggins and Frank Martin at Kansas State for six seasons. Underwood signed an eight-year contract extension after 2013-14 season, but is only making $400,000 per year. It's safe to assume that if TCU calls, he'll pick up the phone.
Scott Cross, Texas-Arlington: Cross is the winningest coach in Texas-Arlington history, earning three postseason appearances in the last eight years. He is a local candidate that knows the DFW recruiting landscape well. However, the 41-year-old is a UTA alum and might not want to part ways with his alma mater, especially when you consider that earlier this week, he signed an extension to keep him at UTA until 2020. It's logical to think TCU has the financial means and name recognition to lure him away, but the Frogs would be hard pressed to actually do so.
Scott Brooks, (former) Oklahoma City Thunder: Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has been out of coaching since being let go by OKC after the 2015 season. However, he was successful in his time in the NBA. After winning the league's Coach of the Year award in 2010, he was selected to coach the NBA All-Star Game in 2012 and 2014. Brooks played one season at TCU before transferring to San Joaquin Delta College, then UC-Irvine. While Brooks has never coached at the collegiate level, he is only 50 years old and could bring a wealth of experience and clout to Fort Worth.
Josh Pastner, Memphis: Pastner might be on his way out at Memphis, and would be an interesting name to consider for the TCU gig. Pastner won a national championship as a player with Arizona, before joining Lute Olsen's staff as an assistant. He then moved on to work under John Calipari with the Tigers, and was named head coach when Cal jumped ship for Kentucky.
Bryce Drew, Valparaiso: The younger bother of Baylor head coach Scott Drew, Bryce has put together a very successful tenure at Valparaiso, going 119-47 in five seasons at his alma mater. With the team's NIT bid last night, Drew has now taken all five of his Valpo teams to the postseason. The four-time Horizon League Champion picked up the conference's Coach of the Year award in 2015 and 2016. He signed a 10-year contract extension during the 2013 season but makes less than $300,000 per year at the school.
Chris Beard, Arkansas-Little Rock: Beard has been an assistant coach or head coach as seven different colleges/universities in the state of Texas dating back to 1991. He was a student assistant at the University of Texas, before moving on to Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian, before becoming an assistant at North Texas in 1997. From there, he moved on to become a head coach at a few small schools in Oklahoma and Kansas, before returning to Texas to be on Bobby Knight's staff at Texas Tech, where he was a part of a program that went to four NCAA tournaments. In his first season as head coach at UALR, he went 27-4, winning the Sun Belt and earning a 12-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee State: I mean, his nickname is "Froggy," how perfect is that? Davis has Middle Tennessee State dancing this season, for the second time in four years. His long-term success has been rather limited, but if other "first choice" options begin to fall through, Davis may be a fallback option.
Jeff Capel III, Duke: Capel III is currently the associate head coach for Duke, his alma mater. As a player, Capel III was a four year starter for the Blue Devils, prior to playing professionally in France and the CBA. He was an assistant coach at Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth, before being hired ad VCU's head coach in 2007. After one season he was hired as the head coach at Oklahoma, where he was fired one impermissible benefits scandal and five seasons later.
Hubert Davis, North Carolina: Currently an assistant coach for the Tarheels, Davis had a 12 year NBA career, including a four year stint with the Dallas Mavericks, before retiring in 2004. This would be Davis' first opportunity to be a head coach at the collegiate level.
Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh: Realistically, there isn't much of a chance that Dixon would leave Pittsburgh to come to TCU. He signed a 10-year contract extension after the 2012-13 season and is making almost $3.2 million per year at Pitt. Dixon has been adamant that he is going to finish his career with the Panthers, turning down several other high profile opportunities over the last several seasons. Although he is a TCU alum, it is hard to see a scenario where he leaves his current situation to come to Fort Worth.