Athlon Sports has just finished up their college basketball coaching rankings for each major BCS conference (Rick Pitino checked in at #2 behind Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim in the Big East) and now they’ve encored with a composite ranking for the best coaches OVERALL. Using the following criteria – recruiting, talent development, teaching and preparation, in-game coaching, regular and post season success and whom their peers would least like to face – Athlon compiled this list of the nation’s very best coaches. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo checks in at #1, followed by Duke’s Mike Krzysajsojdwjdowjdwjdiowjdopwski, Kentucky’s The Squid, Kansas’ Bill Self and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim. And in case you were wondering, Louisville’s own Rick Pitino checked in at #6. While it’s hard to argue against Izzo’s successes over the last ten years, Coach K’s overall reign throughout the last 25 years and maybe even Cal due to his rising star and the fact that he gets the best players, I’m still trying to figure out how Boeheim makes any list over Pitino. He’s coached hundreds more games, yet Pitino has been to more Final Fours and has the same amount of championships. Plus, Pitino has repeatedly done more with less. Simply check the NBA rosters for further proof. But whatever, Athlon, it’s your world, I’m just here mocking in it.
6. Rick Pitino, Louisville
Overall record: 627-230 (42-16 in the NCAA Tournament)
Record at Louisville: 275-106 (81-41 Big East)
Similar to the other active Hall of Fame coaches, Pitino keeps winning and keeps adding to his list of accomplishments. He and rival John Calipari remain the only coaches to take three teams to the Final Four. Last season, he joined Roy Williams as the only coaches to take two teams to multiple Final Fours. He’s accomplished this at Louisville without a consensus All-American in his tenure (he had three at Kentucky). Of course, there’s plenty of talent at Louisville. The 2012-13 season won’t be an exception as the Cardinals are likely to start the season in the top five.