Jankovich Receives Mid-Year Coaching Notoriety
Jan. 8, 2009
BOSTON - Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich has guided the Redbirds to a 14-1 record this season and to the best start (14-0) in school history. As a result, Jankovich finished ninth in the voting for CollegeInsider.com's Jim Phelan Mid-Season Coach of the Year Award and second in the Hugh Durham Mid-Season Coach of the Year Award, which is presented to "mid-major" programs.
Jankovich received 10 votes in the Phelan voting, which was won by Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, and was in some select company with Tubby Smith (Minnesota), Oliver Purnell (Clemson), Dino Gaudio (Wake Forest), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Brad Stevens (Butler), John Beilein (Michigan) and Al Skinner (Boston College).
Butler's Stevens topped Jankovich for the Durham Award. Stevens received 64 votes, including seven first-place tallies, while ISU's Jankovich had three first-place votes and 59 total.
The awards, which are named after legendary Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan and Georgia and Jacksonville head coach Hugh Durham, are presented annually by CollegeInsider.com at the NCAA Final Four. Last season, Wisconsin's Bo Ryan received the Phelan Award, while Drake's former head coach, Keno Davis, won the Durham Award.