SEC Basketball: Odom, Felton, Lebo on the Hot Seat
As we try to sort out the mess that is the SEC football standings, basketball season is almost upon us.
All but four SEC teams moved on to postseason play last year. Three of the four bottom-feeders are led by coaches who've posted mediocre records year-in and year-out since arriving at their respective campuses.
The upcoming 75th anniversary season could be the last for Dave Odom, Dennis Felton, and Jeff Lebo in the SEC if they don't turn things around.
1. Dave Odom (South Carolina)
Résumé: 114-86 in six years at South Carolina, two NIT championships (2005 and 2006), four postseason appearances
34 years have passed since the Gamecocks last won an NCAA Tournament game, the longest such stretch in the SEC. The natives in Columbia are getting restless—and should Odom fail to measure up this season, change could come in Columbia.
2. Dennis Felton (Georgia)
Résumé: 58-63 in four years, two NIT appearances
Since the Jim Harrick scandal, it's been hard to land recruits capable of returning Georgia basketball back to national prominence.
Although Felton's bunch has beaten the likes of Arkansas on the road and LSU at home in the last two years, the Bulldog faithful want more than just occasional wins against the nation's best—they want NCAA Tournament appearances.
3. Jeff Lebo (Auburn)
Résumé: 43-48 in three years, no postseason appearances
Auburn posted a respectable 17-15 record in 2006-07, and the program looks to be on the upswing. That said, last season might simply be a prelude to a fall, given the recruits the Tigers have coming.
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