Tommy Amaker, Harvard

The 48-year-old former Duke guard has guided Crimson to seven-year record of 139-71, with four straight Ivy League titles. His 2012 squad became first Harvard team to play in the NCAA tournament since 1946. Amaker will be tough to land. Saturday, after being wooed by crosstown Boston College, he announced he is staying put, saying "My heart is at Harvard."

Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's

The Gaels' all-time winningest coach with a 14-year record of 286-137. Bennett, 51, guided Saint Mary's into the Sweet 16 in 2010. SMC was 23-12 this season, interrupting a run of six straight years of at least 25 victories. He has led Gaels to five NCAA tournament berths since 2005 -- as many or more than any Bay Area school over the same time frame, including Cal. Bennett, however, served a five-game suspension this past season as part of sanctions for NCAA violations.

Ben Howland

The 56-year-old has won at every stop, with career record of 398-205. He was 233-107 in 10 seasons at UCLA. Mentioned past week as a candidate for the Marquette job. Guided Bruins to three straight Final Fours through 2008. However, Bruins won just two NCAA tournament games in a span of five seasons ending in 2013.

Leon Rice, Boise State

Rice, 50, has compiled a four-year record of 77-54 at Boise State, with back-to-back 20-win seasons. The Washington State grad is credited with significantly improving the team's home attendance figures. Just signed a four-year contract extension.

Archie Miller, Dayton


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At 35, Miller directed Flyers to Elite Eight of NCAA tournament after a decisive win over Stanford last week. He is 63-38 in three seasons, including 26-11 this year. Younger brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller is familiar with Pac-12, having spent two seasons as associate head coach for Wildcats. Rewarded last week with a contract extension through 2018, Miller nonetheless has been mentioned for vacancies at Wake Forest and Marquette.

Steve Prohm, Murray State

Prohm, 39, has guided Racers to three straight 20-win seasons, a pair of Ohio Valley Conference regular-season titles and record of 73-23. His price tag will be affordable. However, Prohm has a limited resume after just three seasons as a head coach.

Shaka Smart, VCU

Smart, 36, guided Rams to 2011 Final Four and has reached NCAA tournament past four seasons. He is 137-46 in five years as VCU's coach. A dream candidate. However, he will be almost impossible to pry from a recent contract extension worth a guaranteed $1.45 million per year (before incentives) and runs through 2028.