In just over a year, a significant portion of college basketball's coaching brain trust has left the sport, with Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jay Wright headlining those opting to retire amid the sport's changing landscape. While the retirements of Williams, now 71, and Krzyzewski, 75, were somewhat expected due to age, Wright's decision came as a surprise to those outside his circle.

At just 60 and at a time when many of the sport's big-name coaches routinely work until age 70 or beyond, Wright's departure from the sideline makes him something of an outlier. As a well-polished figure in the sport with a couple of recent national titles, many assumed Wright was positioned to assume the leadership void created by Krzyzewski and Williams retiring. Instead, the void is widening at a time when college basketball needs trusted figures to chart its course.

As the proliferation of transferring and the arrival of the NIL era change what's required of college coaches, it's worth wondering if Wright's retirement may start a trend. After decades of increasing salaries, many high-major head coaches should be well-positioned to retire early if they grow fatigued of the sport's changes.

So which of college basketball's big-name coaches is most likely to follow in Wright's footsteps and retire before reaching their mid-60s? Our writers make picks for this edition of the Dribble Handoff.


Todd Golden, Florida

I talked with a coach the other night who predicted there will be more coaches fired and retired in the next five years than in any previous five-year period because of the changing landscape of the sport and the not-fun parts of the job that are expanding. He's convinced coaches with enough money will start getting out earlier. He doesn't think Jay Wright will be a story of one.