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Missouri hires Cuonzo Martin; Washington fires Lorenzo Romar

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Good news, everyone! I mean, probably. It’s probably good news. Missouri is hiring Cuonzo Martin, who’ll be returning to the SEC after a brief foray at Cal. Mizzou could potentially have been a competitor with NC State for a number of candidates, including Gregg Marshall (still not happening) and Kevin Keatts.

Martin is getting a seven-year deal worth about $21 million from Missouri, per ESPN. Good for them, that may all work out well for the Tigers, but it’s also a bit of a relief to have them out of the way. Mizzou is a good job, with good facilities and proximity to St. Louis.

Washington fired Lorenzo Romar today, which now leaves both that job and Cal open on the west coast, along with Illinois, NC State, and LSU. Those are your power-conference vacancies at this point, and I think that plays pretty favorably if you’re NC State.

Especially if Illinois may be ready to throw its entire kitchen sink-full of money at Tony Bennett. I feel like that whole thing is probably bogus since UVA is a better job but then again that’s a whole lot of that Big Ten Network cash money and Tony Bennett is probably better suited for the Big Ten. More than that, I’d just like Tony Bennett to leave and be some other league’s problem since his style of play is awful and effective at the same time.

Every coaching change is a ripple that affects everyone to some degree, so we’ll see what happens, but so far these don’t seem like discouraging developments.