Guru's AP Women's Poll Trivia: Which Ranked Team in History Has Had the Most Coaches Lead It Into the Poll?
Several years ago when Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jim Foster took Chattanooga into the rankings, he became the first and still now the only women’s coach to have four different teams in the Associated Press poll with UTC joining Ohio State, Vanderbilt, and, in his native Philadelphia area, Saint Joseph’s.
And so the question came up during the many AP women’s poll karaoke car rides that occur with AP national women’s basketball writer Doug Feinberg and your Guru as to which AP ranked team has had the most women’s coaches at one school lead them into the poll.
Well, the Guru with too much time on his hands during the down period across Christmas has come up with the winner.
Southern Cal has had seven coaches when the Trojans at times were in the rankings.
The coaching seven are:
And right behind USC are two schools with six coaches each.
The sideline six-packs are:
In terms of multiples, next down the line are the four big coaching fives at programs that made the rankings:
There are a bunch more with four but since that grouping is so plentiful it is not worth taking the microscope to learn the identities of those groupings.
Now that teams become more numerable Wednesday in terms of games, the Guru will be heading to a day-long triple header in the City of Brotherly Love beginning with Marquette at Villanova opening Big East play at noon on the Main Line, then on to La Salle hosting UMKC at 3 p.m. at the Tom Gola Arena, and then to Saint Joseph’s playing James Madison at Hagan Arena which is the third straight opponent for the Hawks from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
Then Thursday it’s the big showdown in College Park, Md., in front of a 17,000-seat sellout Xfinity Center as No. 4 Maryland hosts top-ranked Connecticut, possibly the last barrier to the run of 86 straight wins extending to 99 heading into the South Carolina game in February on the Huskies’ Storrs campus in Gampel Pavilion.
And don’t forget late Thursday afternoon the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) 2017 Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award handout will be revealed and it will be special, trust the Guru, who has been overseeing the process in his role as women’s rep to the USBWA board.