For those with access, this is a fascinating story in The Athletic about the ladder climbing, self-promotional frenzy that goes on during the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention during the Final Four.

It goes a tremendously long way in explaining why we knew so little about Donny Daniel’s departure and the sudden announcement of Roger Powell’s offer.
This NABC Convention is a frenzied meat market:
Every year, regardless of the host city, this event is Mt. Sinai to those in and around the basketball coaching profession. There are the overeager youngsters coming to make connections; farsighted and ambitious. There are the old junkies latching to frayed connections; nearsighted and desperate. Then there’s everyone in-between. High-level. Low-level. Realistic. Delusional.
This is an environment that I can see Mark Few wanting to have as little do with as possible. The convention clearly lets coaches get together legitimately and address issues as a profession and work to make college basketball better, but it seems to be half used-car salesmen convention as well.
… the ones who are either fathoms out of their depth or impressively phony… To watch them operate is like seeing the “Rolexes” sold in suitcases outside the Statue of Liberty come alive to perform a lively musical... Then there are the other cameo actors — the agents, both big and powerful, and the small and shady. Plus, the search committee reps. And the runners. And the hangers-on. “The henchmen,” one high-major assistant calls them.
The Final Four is of course the one time where you can get all the talent in one place and have the opportunity to efficiently and economically knock out interviews for vacant positions from head coach to video coordinator. But schools had better have their ducks in a row going in to avoid being overwhelmed by flim-flam artists.
Those coach-hunting ADs are able to do things somewhat discreetly. The horror, everyone will tell you, is not being an AD with an opening, but being a head coach with an opening on staff. This is a hellscape.
One high-major head coach recounts walking through the lobby of last year’s coaches’ hotel and realizing that someone in the room was attempting to airdrop a résumé into his iPhone.
Obviously Coach Few and the staff were aware of this going into the planning for the candidate search to replace Coach Daniels. After reading this, there was a pretty good reason they didn’t want to have the potential position made public. They clearly did their research ahead of time, went into the Final Four weekend with a pretty defined set of candidates who they knew were viable, and were decisive making their decision.

When we talk about the team being experienced, it goes beyond just having NCAA playing experience, it include experience the staff has with running the program. They clearly did not just wander wide-eyed into the NABC Convention asking if anyone knew a good assistant coach. They executed a pretty well thought-out succession plan.