After firing long time coach Blaine Taylor in February, Old Dominion University started a nation wide search for his replacement. The Monarchs found Taylor's successor in Washington D.C., hiring American University head coach Jeff Jones. Jones lead American for 12 seasons, accumulating a record of 212-182, four Patriot League regular season titles, and the schools only two NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to AU, Jones served as head coach at Virginia, reaching the NCAA Tournament six times in eight years. He also won the 1992 NIT championship in his second season with the Cavaliers.
While ODU was hiring a new coach FIU was losing theirs. After only one year with the Golden Panthers Richard Pitino was hired away by Minnesota. In his lone season at the Miami based school Pitino reached the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship game before falling to Western Kentucky.