Colorado State basketball head coach Larry Eustachy is considered to be in the best situation to succeed among the newly hired coaches in the NCAA, according to Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated.
Eustachy was hired by CSU after eight years with Southern Mississippi University, when Tim Miles accepted the head coaching position at Nebraska after five seasons with the Rams. Colorado State enjoyed a 20-12 season in 2011-12 and enjoyed an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament before losing in the second round to Murray State.
Says Davis of the situation that Eustachy is stepping into:
The Rams return four starters from the team that earned an at-large bid by finishing fourth in the Mountain West Conference, and they're adding Colt Iverson, a 6-10, 280-pound senior transfer from Minnesota. Though the team suffered a tough blow earlier this month when it lost senior guard Jesse Carr to a torn ACL, that loss will be mitigated by the arrival of Daniel Bejarano, a transfer from Arizona. Moreover, San Diego State will move to the Big East next season, which will make it easier for the Rams to compete in the Mountain West. Timing is critical to a coach's ability to succeed in a new situation, and in this case Eustachy's timing was perfect. And make no mistake: The man can coach.
The Colorado State Rams begin the season on Oct. 26 at home against Metro State College of Denver.