10 College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat in the 2013-14 Season
UCLA and Minnesota fired their coaches after NCAA tournament appearances this past season.
Other than those two programs, however, athletic directors across the country showed unusual patience, and the coaching carousel was relatively quiet. Part of that could be a reluctance to move elsewhere for many of the top mid-major coaches.
Fans and alumni are not always so patient, and it wouldn't be surprising to see a lot more action next March and April.
These 10 coaches should be on notice.
Oliver Purnell, DePaul
DePaul gave Oliver Purnell a seven-year contract three years ago to lure the coach from Clemson following three straight NCAA tournament trips.
The rebuilding project has yet to get off the ground. Purnell is 34-60 in three seasons at DePaul, including only six wins in the Big East.
Purnell still has the support of the administration as the school enters the new Big East, but another ugly season could have DePaul considering a buyout of that contract.
Rick Barnes, Texas
I've written before that I believe Rick Barnes is a better coach than he's perceived to be, but perception and another season like the last one could have Barnes in trouble.
Texas missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in Barnes' 15 seasons in Austin this past year. Unfortunately for Barnes, he'll be in rebuilding mode this upcoming season after losing his best two players—Sheldon McClellan decided to transfer and Myck Kabongo bolted for the NBA.
Many Texas fans are either ready for Barnes to go or are apathetic. Texas is an attractive job because of the athletic department's budget, and the state is filled with talent.
That could put Barnes in a situation similar to the one Tubby Smith had at Minnesota, where the program and its fans were ready for something different.
Ben Braun, Rice
Rice had its second 1-15 season in Conference USA in the past four years. Ben Braun is 56-115 in five seasons at the school and has only one winning season.
That was in 2012, when the Owls were led by Arsalan Kazemi, who transferred to Oregon and was allowed to play immediately this past year. It recently came out why—Sports Illustrated learned that Kazemi told the NCAA he dealt with racial discrimination at Rice.
That was a bad look for Braun and the program. With the graduation of leading scorer Tamir Jackson and the transfer of second-leading scorer Julian DeBose, there's not a lot of hope for 2014.
Tony Barbee, Auburn
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs sent out a letter of support for Tony Barbee after the season.
Jacobs said, according to the Associated Press, that his "expectation is for our program to show significant improvement under coach Barbee's leadership."
These are the kind of statements that usually come about a year before a pink slip. There's hardly any reason to believe the Tigers will show "significant improvement" next season. Every year, Auburn has gotten worse under Barbee. He's 35-59 in three seasons, including a 12-38 record in the SEC.
Auburn finished this past season with 10 straight losses and a 3-15 record in the SEC.
Mark Fox, Georgia
Mark Fox has had only winning season and one NCAA tournament appearance in four seasons at Georgia.
It's not like he inherited a winner, but it was expected Fox would have the Bulldogs farther along than they are. His 65-63 record at the school is not awful, but there's not a lot of promise surrounding the program, especially with star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope declaring for the NBA draft.
Ken Bone, Washington State
Ken Bone had his worst season in four years at Washington State this past year, finishing 13-19 with a 4-14 record in the Pac-12.
Unlike many other coaches on this list, it's not like Bone took over a struggling program. The Cougars were on the rise under Tony Bennett, who took the team to two NCAA tournaments in his three seasons as head coach.
Bone may need a bounce-back season to keep his job, as athletic director Bill Moos said this after the season, via The Seattle Times:
He knows, and all my people know, we're not going to be hanging around at the bottom of the league. We've got to be moving this thing forward.
Craig Robinson, Oregon State
Craig Robinson is best known as Barack Obama's brother-in-law. The Oregon State coach has not given us much else to talk about in five seasons in Corvallis.
Robinson has yet to have a winning record in the Pac-12, and the team's only postseason appearances are three trips to the CBI. Next season, Robinson returns four of five starters, including Eric Moreland, who decided to stay in school after flirting with the NBA. At some point, the president's brother-in-law is going to need to produce some results.
Tom Pecora, Fordham
The Fordham job is not an easy one. Tom Pecora took over for former North Carolina State star Dereck Whittenburg, who won five games in his final two seasons at the school. The Atlantic 10 is not an easy conference to suddenly become a winner in.
But in college basketball, you only get so many excuses. Pecora is 24-64 overall and 7-41 in the A-10 in three seasons. At some point, the program will need to show some progress.
Stan Heath, South Florida
Stan Heath had a lot of goodwill coming into the 2012-13 season. The Bulls had made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years and even won two games in the tourney to get to the round of 32.
A 12-19 season with a 3-15 record in the Big East kind of ruined all that goodwill.
The 2012 season is the only year Heath has had a winning conference record in six years at USF, and that winning season was sandwiched between two 3-15 records in the Big East. He had a similar run at Arkansas, where he lasted only five seasons.
Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest
Try to figure this out...
Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman fired Dino Gaudio after three seasons at Wake Forest. In his final two seasons, Guadio led the Demon Deacons to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and made the round of 32 in his final season.
Wellman replaced Gaudio with Jeff Bzdelik, who is 34-60 in three seasons at the school without one winning season. He's 11-39 in the ACC, has won one conference road game in three seasons and the last time he coached a team with a winning record was 2007.
And Bzdelik still has a job.
This has to be a put-up-or-get-out season for Bzdelik, although the same could have been said going into this past year. To his credit, the Demon Deacons did pull off upsets of North Carolina State and Miami. He also started three freshmen.
With four starters returning, Bzdelik does not have many excuses. If he puts up another losing season, which would be his seventh straight as a head coach, and he still has a job, Wellman will need to explain his reasoning.