The Jimmys and the Joes are always going to matter more than the X's and O's, but you don't have to pick one above the other. Go get someone who can do both. Because those are the coaches who consistently win. There's so much more that goes into recruiting now. Coaches have to either have or create name, image and likeness action. They have to combat poaching for the transfer portal while also lining up potential transfers themselves. Connections matter more than ever before, as does knowing what talent is out there in high school and college for quick pivots when a need emerges.
If Dana Altman has any reason to want out of Oregon, you start and end there. Whether it works or not, that's a hire no one could complain about. It would be a head-turning hire. He's proven. He's connected. He's going to be a Hall of Famer.
He hasn't been mentioned much but I would make Greg McDermott say no. It didn't work for him at Iowa State but he has turned Creighton into a force in the Big East and he is regularly landing wow-worth recruiting classes, including the four-star center out of Trinity Catholic in STL recently. His AD recently retired. Maybe he wants a change? Creighton popped up in the FBI probe but it seemed far less scandalous than what was going on at Arizona, with Sean Miller, which included some bad academic misconduct.
Golden is intriguing at San Francisco, and his all-in analytics approach could impress Desiree Reed-Francois, who values that approach. Grant McCasland is really good at North Texas; I like his track record. I'm not cold on Murray State's Matt McMahon, but I do wonder how much of his success is the program's as much as his. One of my most trusted basketball guys said he would have McMahon at the top of Mizzou's list if he was running the search.
One thing that should be mentioned. Kim English did not have the debut season he wanted at George Mason but if Mizzou started missing on certain guys, a pivot toward English and his potential would sell. He has relationships that would help instantly with NIL action. Rick Barnes doesn't hire bad coaches, and he learned a lot from his time at Tennessee. Good recruiter. One of Barne's top assistants just got the head job at East Carolina. So, I don't hold English's 14-16 first season at George Mason against him too much. A lot of those losses were by a few points, too. English is going to be a really good high major head coach one day, I believe. Maybe the timing isn't right, but he does run the risk of being the alum who got away if this is the one shot Mizzou has to hire him and does not take it.