Coaching Carousel: High-Major Programs Make Big Hires in Latest Round of Changes

Vanderbilt Welcomes Mark Byington as Head Coach: Former James Madison Coach Guides Dukes to Impressive 32-4 Season in 2023-24

The world of college basketball experienced a whirlwind of coaching changes on Monday, with several high-major programs making big hires. First up, Kyle Smith made the move from Virginia to Stanford, followed by Danny Sprinkle heading to Washington. But that wasn’t all – Vanderbilt also hired James Madison coach Mark Byington, just 18 hours after his team was defeated by Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the news to CBS Sports. Despite their loss in the tournament, the Dukes had an impressive season overall, finishing with a 32-4 record and being ranked 62nd at KenPom.com. Their tournament run started with a notable victory over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament win since 1983.

Byington played a key role in transforming JMU into a strong mid-major program over the past four years, posting an impressive 82-36 record and guiding them through a conference transition. His departure signifies the end of the coaching carousel for high-major programs, as only Louisville, Oklahoma State, and SMU still have vacant head coaching positions.

The world of college basketball experienced a whirlwind of coaching changes on Monday, with several high-major programs making big hires. First up, Kyle Smith made the move from Virginia to Stanford, followed by Danny Sprinkle heading to Washington. But that wasn’t all – Vanderbilt also hired James Madison coach Mark Byington, just 18 hours after…

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