Northwestern is the latest to tap into the Duke pipeline, hiring Chris Collins. But having a former Duke assistant as a head coach is no guarantee for success. The Mike Krzyzewski tree does not always produce fruit for another program.

5. Quin Snyder »

He headed to Missouri as the next-best thing in 1999. He started strongly: four straight NCAA tournament appearances and an Elite Eight berth in 2002. But Snyder was fired in 2006 amid 17 NCAA allegations. Since then, he has coached in the NBA Development League and served as a Lakers assistant and now is an assistant with CSKA Moscow.

4. Jeff Capel » He made a big jump from VCU to Oklahoma, but the move looked good when he won 30 games in his third season, advancing to the Elite Eight. But 27 combined wins the next two seasons resulted in his firing. He's back at Duke as an assistant.

3. Johnny Dawkins »

He's on life support at Stanford, having received a vote of confidence for next season from the Cardinal athletic director. But Dawkins hasn't done much to inspire anyone at Stanford, which hasn't made the NCAA tournament in his five seasons.

2. Tommy Amaker » He resurrected his coaching career at Harvard, a place where nobody had won in the past. It's hard to imagine he won't be tempted by other offers. But while he did a nice job at Seton Hall, he wasn't great. And he was fired after six seasons at Michigan.

1. Mike Brey »

He turned the Irish into a solid winner in his 13 seasons. Brey was the Associated Press coach of the year two seasons ago when the Irish won 27 games. He has won at least 20 games in 10 of his 13 Notre Dame seasons but has just one Sweet 16 appearance in nine trips to the tourney.

- John Keim