College Basketball Coaches That Find Themselves on the Hot Seat

Greg Peterson

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Staff Writer 750 & 102.9 The Game

Prior to NC State’s 97-73 loss to North Carolina Wednesday night, there were articles being posted that Head coach Mark Gottfried would have to lead his team to a big finish for him to keep his job. That puts him squarely on the hot seat, and at this point, he might be toast. But it got me thinking who some of the other coaches on the hot seat are and here are mine:

Brad Brownell-Clemson

It is year number seven for Brownell at Clemson and the last time he led his team to the NCAA Tournament was in 2010, his first season.

Many speculated coming into the year that Clemson would move on from the former Wright State and UNC Wilmington head coach if Clemson did not go dancing this year and after a hot start to the season, the team has gone flat in ACC play.

A 4-9 conference record likely will not put Clemson into the dance, no matter how stacked the league is, and the team is 3-10 since the calendar started reading 2017.

Their next three games are against projected NCAA Tournament in Miami, Virginia Tech, and Florida State, they could really use two wins out of those three to avoid having to make a 2008 Georgia-style run in their conference tournament.

Lorenzo Romar-Washington

The fact the Romar has not been fired yet boggles my mind, he is truly the Jeff Fisher of college basketball. The last time Washington made the NCAA Tournament, the Pac-12 was not in existence, because it was still the Pac-10 when Isaiah Thomas led them in 2011.

We saw Washington go from ranked in the top 10 to miss the field entirely during the 2014-15 campaign. Even more insane, the team is 9-16 this season, allowing 98 points to Yale in their season-opening home loss.

That was a Yale team without the services of Makai Mason, Brendan Sherrod, and Justin Sears, but I think you get the point.

Despite this train wreck, a report from 710 ESPN in Seattle says Romar will not be getting fired….alrighty then….

It’s nice that he gets highly touted recruits to come to Seattle, but if he cannot teach his teams how to play defense better than Casper the Friendly Ghost, then what good is it?

If Markelle Fultz is the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft, it will be the second straight year the top player in the draft missed the dance, which is a good transition to my next coach.

Johnny Jones-LSU

How a coach can keep his job after missing the NCAA Tournament with the top pick in the NBA Draft on his roster is absurd, but Johnny Jones did it last year and it looks like Lorenzo Romar will follow in his hallowed footsteps.

LSU looked like they had a chance to make a deep run in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, leading NC State by 14 points with under nine minutes left in their round of 64 game. They blew the lead, and LSU has not recovered since.

This is a man who got the job after winning the Sun Belt West regular season crown once in his 11 years at North Texas. This man got a power five job after winning HIS OWN DIVISION in the Sun Belt ONCE IN 11 YEARS!!!

The team decided to stay loyal to Jones this year and what has it gotten them, a 1-12 record in SEC play and 9-16 overall mark, he should start packing his bags because he’s gone!

Kim Anderson-Missouri

While Kim Anderson took over a Missouri program that was in a bit of disarray thanks to Frank Haith, he’s done an awful job in three seasons on the job.

He gave about 75 percent of the players on his team some sort of suspension in his first year at the helm and….shocker, they didn’t respond well.

Anderson got the job because of the success he had at Central Missouri, if you’ve never heard of that school, it is because they are a Division II program. The fact he got this job is maddening and since he got to Columbia, he has given away wins to his SEC foes like it’s a bottomless basket of breadsticks.

The team has went 27-62 overall since he took the job and 8-41 in SEC play, he deserves a pink slip before he can reach the locker room when this team gets crushed in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

John Groce-Illinois

John Groce should have been fired two years ago, but it appears as though the masses have finally turned on him and he will be leaving Champagne following this season.

The team has not made the NCAA Tournament since his first year on the job in 2013. In every subsequent year, his record has dipped further south, and though the team is 14-12 thus far this year, there is no guarantee they match the 15 wins they had last year with how poorly this team is playing.

Groce has never led the team to a Big Ten conference record above .500 and has zero control over his players, with four players getting arrested last year. Turn out the lights, the Groce party is over.

Jeff Lebo-East Carolina

At some point East Carolina is going to have to say enough is enough. This is Lebo’s seventh year on the job and he has not had a record above .500 since year three.

On top of that, the only postseason tournament this team has made is the CIT, not to poo poo the College Insiders Tournament and the fine folks that run that wonderful tournament, but if you have a .500 record and a pulse you can make that field.

Since joining the American Conference in 2014-15, the team has went 14-35 in league play, that is unacceptable.

Jerry Slocum-Youngstown State

If you are on this list and are in the Horizon League, then you really deserve to get canned. Youngstown State has had a winning record in just one of his 11 seasons and they are in danger of losing more than 20 games for a team third straight season.

The man had never coached a DI program before hitting the scene in the Horizon League and his 139-227 cumulative record shows that. While he did a nice job with the Geneva Golden Tornadoes and Nyack Warriors, his style is not cutting it with the big boys.

Coaches that shouldn’t be sleeping too easy: Bruce Weber-Kansas State, Tom Crean-Indiana, Tim Miles-Nebraska, John Gallagher-Hartford, Thad Matta-THE Ohio State University, Tim Floyd-UTEP, Dave Pilipovich-Air Force

UPDATE-Where there is smoke there’s fire, NC State has fired head coach Mark Gottfried.

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