As coaching search expands, Pitt could consider these 5 candidates |

As coaching search expands, Pitt could consider these 5 candidates

Pitt’s coaching search is sharpening into focus, if for no other reason than two of the leading candidates dropped out of contention.

Arizona’s Sean Miller said no to the Panthers. His younger brother, Dayton coach Archie Miller, received a one-year contract extension Wednesday.

Pitt, which along with Stanford and St. Louis are the top Division I schools with open coaching positions, will continue sifting through applicants.

Three openings have been filled: Former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon filled TCU’s vacancy; former Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell was hired at Rutgers; and former Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins took over at Central Florida.

If Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes doesn’t hire Dixon’s replacement this week, he could wait until next week’s Final Four. Coaches will gather in Houston for the annual National Association of Basketball Coaches convention.

Listed alphabetically, here are five possibilities who satisfy Barnes’ primary requirement of Division I head coaching experience.

Jeff Capel, Duke associate head coach

A former Blue Devils standout, Capel joined the Duke staff as an assistant coach in May 2011 after spending nine years as head coach at VCU and Oklahoma.

Capel is 175-110 with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2008 with Oklahoma.

If interested, Barnes won’t be able to interview Capel until the defending champions repeat or are eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils face Oregon in the Sweet 16.

Bryce Drew, Valparaiso coach

The most decorated player in Valparaiso history, Drew replaced his father, Homer, in 2011. He has a 123-48 career record and has posted back-to-back 25-win seasons, with two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Drew, who led Valpo to three NCAA Tournament appearances as a player, is best known for the shot he hit in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament to upset Mississippi.

Barnes won’t speak with Drew, who is being considered for the St. Louis vacancy, until the middle of next week at the earliest.

Valpo (29-6) faces BYU in the NIT semifinals in New York City.

Andy Enfield, Southern Cal coach

Enfield recently completed his third season at USC and produced the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.

Before coaching USC, Enfield established himself at Florida Gulf Coast, where as a No. 15 seed his team upset No. 2 seed Georgetown.

Enfield, a Shippensburg native, doesn’t have a winning record at USC. He’s 83-76 overall but has a reputation for quickly building (and rebuilding) programs.

Seth Greenberg, ESPN college basketball analyst

If you’re looking for a true longshot candidate, Greenberg is your man. A Pitt assistant under Roy Chipman from 1980-83, Greenberg had a 383-293 record at Virginia Tech, South Florida and Long Beach State, with six 20-win seasons and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Greenberg, 59, last coached in 2012.

Chris Mack, Xavier coach

Mack developed under his former coach, Sean Miller, and took over when Miller left for Arizona. He’s 162-77 in seven seasons, including a 28-6 record this year after a last-second loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.

Mack has a quality that should appeal to Barnes: His teams advance to the postseason. Xavier has reached the NCAA Tournament in six of his seven seasons.

John Harris is a Tribune-Review staff writer Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @jharris_trib.

Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew reacts to his team's play during the first half of the Horizon League Tournament championship game against Green Bay on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Valparaiso, Ind.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is hugged by associate head coach Jeff Capel after getting his 1,000th career win against St. John's on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.