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Joe Dooley Named Head Coach at Florida Gulf Coast

The KU assistant for the last 10 years is the latest in a line of Bill Self assistants to get a head coaching gig

Doug Pensinger

Joe Dooley has been a big part of a program that has 300 wins over the last 10 seasons, 9 straight Big 12 titles, 6 Big 12 tournament titles, and the list goes on and on.

Now Dooley will be taking his act to the Southeast as he takes over at Florida Gulf Coast. The school that had a magical run to the Sweet 16 will return four starters off last year's team and welcomes in a pretty good recruiting class.

At Kansas, Dooley was one of the most highly regarded assistant coaches in the country and was a big part of pulling in the #2 rated recruiting class in 2013. As a head coach, Dooley led East Carolina to a 57-52 record, and is one of just two coaches to be above .500 there.

Dooley is obviously an excellent coach and it will be sad to see him leave, but he deserves the chance to capitalize on some of the momentum built at FGCU and see if he can turn that into a regular tournament team.

As for the KU staff, this probably puts Doc Sadler in the position to be the new assistant, which will work well thanks to his great Xs and Os skills, but Dooley's skills as a recruiter means that Kansas needs to go out and replace those skills as well. Jerrance Howard was a hot name last summer when Manning and Hinson left, and I imagine he will be on the short list of guys Self will target. One thing is for sure though, with three guys getting head coaching gigs in two years, the list of people willing to replace them will be long.

Edit: Holy crap I forgot to even mention Jeff Boschee. He probably is a little green, especially in terms of recruiting, but he took over Barstow and had three of their best seasons ever, then helped lead Missouri Southern State to 20+ win seasons in his first two years on the staff. He's only 33, so he is definitely green, but even with my overwhelming bias taken out of the equation I think he'd be a good, if a little out of the box, hire.