Vanderbilt Hires James Madison’s Mark Byington Amidst NCAA Tournament Loss, Signaling the End of High-Major Coaching Carousel

Vanderbilt Welcomes Mark Byington as Head Coach: Former James Madison Coach Guides Dukes to Impressive 32-4 Season in 2023-24

On Monday, a flurry of changes occurred in the world of college basketball as coaches made moves. Firstly, Kyle Smith left his position at Stanford and was replaced by Danny Sprinkle who joined Washington. Lastly, James Madison coach Mark Byington was hired by Vanderbilt. Sources close to the matter confirmed the news to CBS Sports.

The hire came quickly after Byington’s James Madison team lost to Duke in the NCAA Tournament just 18 hours before. Despite their defeat, the Dukes had an impressive season with a 32-4 record and were ranked 62nd at KenPom.com. Their tournament run began with a notable victory over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament win since 1983. Over the past four years, Byington played a key role in turning JMU into a strong mid-major program with an 82-36 record and leading them through a conference transition.

With this move by Vanderbilt, it signifies the end of the coaching carousel for high-major programs as only Louisville, Oklahoma State, and SMU still have vacant head coaching positions.

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