Charting the Billy Donovan era of SEC hoops

SEC men’s basketball will have a very different look when the 2015-16 season tips off. There are four new coaches and one significant former one who is missing.

Turnover in basketball coaching is expected in a 14-team league. But the last year or so have been something else. Bruce Pearl has one year on the job at Auburn and is already up to ninth place in seniority. Of the four departed coaches, Florida’s Billy Donovan is the only one who will be remembered in any significant manner. His 451 wins at an SEC school rank second only to Adolph Rupp. His 19 years at Florida rank fifth in SEC longevity behind Kentucky’s Rupp (42 years), Harry Rabenhorst of LSU (29), Dale Brown of LSU (25) and John Crisp of Alabama (20).

So here’s the seniority ranking for 2015-16:
Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt, 16 years (hired 1999)
Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss, 9 years (hired 2006)
John Calipari, Kentucky, 6 years (hired 2009)
Mark Fox, Georgia, 6 years (hired 2009)
Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M, 4 years (hired 2011)
Mike Anderson, Arkansas, 4 years (hired 2011)
Johnny Jones, LSU, 3 years (hired 2012)
Frank Martin, South Carolina, 3 years (hired 2012)
Bruce Pearl, Auburn, 1 year (hired 2014)
Kim Anderson, Missouri, 1 year (hired 2014)
Ben Howland, Mississippi State (hired March 24, 2015)
Rick Barnes, Tennessee (hired March 31, 2015)
Avery Johnson, Alabama (hired April 7, 2015)
Michael White, Florida (hired May 7, 2015)

Here’s a look at how the SEC shook out during Donovan’s 19 seasons at Florida (1997-2015)

NCAA bids: Kentucky 17, Florida 14, Tennessee 11, Missouri 10, Arkansas 8, Vanderbilt 7, Ole Miss 7, Texas A&M 6, Georgia 6, LSU 6, Mississippi State 6, Alabama 6, South Carolina 3, Auburn 3.

SEC regular-season titles: Kentucky 6 plus 2 ties, Florida 4 plus 2 ties, LSU 2 plus a tie, Tennessee 1 plus a tie, Alabama 1, Mississippi State 1, Auburn 1, South Carolina 1, Vanderbilt 0, Ole Miss 0, Arkansas 0, Georgia 0, Missouri 0, Texas A&M 0. (Missouri and Texas A&M have been members for 3 years).

SEC tournament titles: Kentucky 9, Florida 4, Mississippi State 2, Ole Miss 1, Vanderbilt 1, Georgia 1, Arkansas 1.

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