Mark Byington’s Hiring Marks the End of High-Major Coaching Carousel for Now.

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

On Monday, there were significant coaching changes in the world of college basketball. Firstly, Kyle Smith left his position at Stanford and joined Washington. Next, James Madison coach Mark Byington was hired by Vanderbilt. Sources close to the situation confirmed this news to CBS Sports. This hire happened quickly, just under 18 hours after Byington’s James Madison team lost to Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss, the Dukes had an impressive season, finishing with a 32-4 record and being ranked 62nd at KenPom.com. Their tournament run began with a notable victory over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament win since 1983. Byington played a crucial role in turning JMU into a strong mid-major program over the past four years, posting an 82-36 record and guiding them through a conference transition.

Vanderbilt’s decision to hire Byington signifies the end of the coaching carousel for high-major programs. As of now, only Louisville, Oklahoma State, and SMU still have vacant head coaching positions.

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