The latest analysis and info on the latest big openings: LSU, Missouri, Georgia and Kansas State

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The biggest news in college basketball on Saturday might not wind up being related to a game. 

LSU coach Will Wade was fired. 

The school’s announcement Saturday afternoon took some attention away from a huge day of games, as Wade managed to hang on to his job for three years despite being caught on a wiretap in 2017 discussing paying players to come to LSU. The school received its long-overdue Notice of Allegations from the NCAA earlier this week, which prompted the process to fire Wade for cause, meaning the university doesn’t intend to pay him another dollar. LSU is a very good SEC job that has a prideful history. The next coach will have work to do to repair its image under Wade, but there won’t be a shortage of candidates. Still: LSU could face significant sanctions from the NCAA even after firing Wade.

The Wade news means there are 27 jobs that have changed so far in this year’s coaching carousel.

Three of the jobs expected to flip did so late this week. Cuonzo Martin was fired at Missouri on Friday. Bruce Weber announced his resignation at Kansas State after 10 years on Thursday. At Georgia, the school severed ties with Tom Crean after four years on Thursday as well. Potential candidates at those openings can be found in the capsules below. Also on Friday: David Cox was fired at Rhode Island, a move that was viewed as inevitable in recent weeks. 

In talking to various sources in the past couple of weeks, it’s fair to expect about another half-dozen power-conference jobs to open as March moves along. 

The SEC is expected to be the league with the most amount of change, with the potential for as many as six jobs to come open. Georgia was the first, and as previously reported here, Missouri coming open was no surprise. LSU now has a vacancy, and Mississippi State is also expected to open, according to multiple sources.

But not everyone on the hot seat is getting a pink slip. One coach who received good news Thursday: Stanford’s Jerod Haase. After Stanford lost against Arizona in the Pac-12 quarterfinals, Stanford AD Bernard Muir announced Haase would return for a seventh season. Speculation about Haase’s future increased heavily behind the scenes on Thursday prior to Muir ending that guesswork.

There are now six power-conference jobs with vacancies: Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, LSU, Kansas State and Georgia. 

Notable on the Maryland front: USC announced Wednesday morning it’d signed Andy Enfield to a restructured contract through 2027-28. Enfield is in his ninth season at USC and, because he attended grad school at Maryland and is from that area, gained traction in the past two months as a viable candidate to take the Terps gig. That won’t be happening. Enfield has the 25-6 Trojans ranked No. 21 in the AP poll. Last year’s team made a run to the Elite Eight.

Elsewhere, Jim Larrañaga put the retirement whispers to rest: Miami announced Larrañaga has signed a new deal through 2025-26.

Other coaches who have been given another year: Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, Nebraska’s Fred Hoiberg and NC State’s Kevin Keatts. 

This story will serve as a continually updating home of all the latest as news comes in about who’s been hired, who’s been fired, retirements and more. It will be updated daily, sometimes multiple times in a day, so check back often.

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