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April 4, 2013

Shocker coach Marshall in no hurry to leave town

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ATLANTA —

After winning 166 games and reaching a pair of national title games, nobody has managed to drive a wedge between Brad Stevens and Butler. Shaka Smart is still at VCU after his Final Four run a couple years ago, and Jim Larranaga spent 11 seasons at Bowling Green and another 14 seasons at George Mason — with a Final Four of his own — before he left for Miami last season.

“You have so much invested in these kids. You have so much invested in your program,” said La Salle coach John Giannini, who has spent the past nine seasons at the Philadelphia school, and whose team lost to the Shockers in a regional semifinal this year.

“Coaches who have been at a school as long as I have now,” he said, “you care about a lot of the people there and you appreciate the school and what they’ve done for you and your family.”

There were 51 coaching changes in men’s Division I basketball last season, including 10 at BCS-member institutions, a three-year low and a drop from 57 changes the previous year. As of April 1, there had only been 31 changes this offseason for a turnover of just over 11 percent, far below the 20-year average of 15.3 percent. By comparison, nearly 1 in 5 jobs changed hands as recently as 2008, and the turnover rate was more than 20 percent just 10 years prior.

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