Coaching Changes in College Basketball: Kyle Smith Leaves Virginia Tech for Stanford, Danny Sprinkle Joins Washington, James Madison’s Mark Byington Hired by Vanderbilt

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

Monday saw a flurry of coaching changes in the world of college basketball, as several high-profile coaches made moves. Firstly, Kyle Smith left his position at Virginia Tech to take over at Stanford, followed by Danny Sprinkle’s departure from UT Arlington to join Washington. And finally, James Madison coach Mark Byington was hired by Vanderbilt, just 18 hours after his team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Duke.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the news to CBS Sports. This hire came quickly, less than 18 hours after Byington’s James Madison team was defeated by Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss, the Dukes had an impressive season, finishing with a 32-4 record and being ranked 62nd at KenPom.com. Their tournament run started with a notable victory over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament win since 1983. Byington played a key role in transforming JMU into a strong mid-major program over the past four years, posting an 82-36 record and guiding them through a conference transition.

Vanderbilt’s decision to hire Byington signifies the end of the coaching carousel for high-major programs, with only Louisville, Oklahoma State, and SMU still having vacant head coaching positions.

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