Ben Howland's post for the UCLA Bruins might be the best basketball head coaching gig in the Pac-12, and you can probably thank John Wooden for that little praise.
You can also thank Lute Olson for building current coach Sean Miller what 14 panelists for ESPN voted as the second-best men's basketball coaching job in The Conference of Champions. So what exactly is the formula for said panel?
When voting, our 14 panelists were asked to take into consideration facilities, expectation level, athletic budget, wins and losses, recruiting base, fan support/pressure and all of the other factors that go into determining the "best" jobs in the ever-crazy profession of college basketball coaching.
And what's their take on Miller's cushy job?
Like UCLA, the past few years don't define the lure of this post. The Wildcats added another top-10 recruiting class in 2012, proof that elite players still view Tucson as a top destination. A new practice facility is just another asset the program can use to lure players to the program Lute Olson built. Sellout crowds are the norm. The Wildcats haven't won the national championship since 1997, but they've managed to assemble squads that contend. Sean Miller makes more than $2 million per year, and he's earned it by re-assembling the program with talented recruiting classes. He's in a good spot.
After the jump is the full list.
5. Oregon 6. Stanford 7. USC 8. Colorado 9. ASU 10. Utah 11. Oregon State 12. Washington State
11. Oregon State
12. Washington State