College Basketball's 10 Worst Major-Conference Coaching Jobs

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College Basketball's 10 Worst Major-Conference Coaching Jobs
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Oliver Purnell: "Sweet home Chicago, my foot."

Every college basketball coach aspires to a job with opportunities to play in the national spotlight. That spotlight shines brightest on the so-called "major" conferences like the Big Ten, SEC and ACC, and for good reason.

Each major conference has programs whose traditions shape the perception of the conference. National championships and numerous deep runs in the NCAA tournament make schools like North Carolina, Michigan State and Kentucky important, and the schools in turn make the conferences important.

And then there are these schools.

The ones who muddle through each season, winning 25 percent or less of their conference games in front of arenas filled to 25 percent or less of capacity.

The ones who hire new coaches every three to five years, plucking a hot new name from mid-major success only to hurl them onto the curb into obscurity.

The ones whose seasons are neglected for anything related to football, and whose practices are occasionally forced to alternate venues so Bon Jovi can rehearse for a concert. Yes, this happened.

These are the jobs that those successful mid-major coaches should probably pass on. Don't answer the phone, delete the emails, hide under your desk when an athletic director shows up at your office.

These programs are black holes, and those who enter are usually forced to abandon all hope.

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