11 College Basketball Coaches Whose Jobs May Be in Jeopardy
The NCAA tournament brackets are out, giving rise to a new season for 64 lucky schools, but for many teams the season is already over.
For some lucky coaches, an NCAA tournament berth may be a temporary reprieve that saves their job for at least a while; others are left on damage control after not being asked to The Dance.
Here is a list of 11 coaches that are feeling the heat after another disappointing season at the helm. And while some of them may be breathing a sigh of relief thanks to making the tournament, that doesn't mean they are entirely safe.
The list features some familiar faces and one surprise guest that I bet many didn't see coming.
The Fighting Illini haven't been putting up too much of a fight these days. Illinois was excluded from the tournament again this year, and many fans have got be be wondering if they were better off with "that guy in Kansas."
The Virginia Tech athletic director is probably more to blame for the Hokies missing the NCAA tournament again this season.
However, you'd have to be certifiably insane to think that the coach who led his team to a third-place finish in the ACC but tanked in the ACC tournament again isn't feeling a bit of pressure.
Granted, Greenberg is a good coach, but he has to start winning when it counts, especially when you have a strength of schedule ranked in the 150s.
Bobby Gonzalez was a hot commodity when he arrived at Seton Hall from Manhattan College. So far the fiery coach has only found himself on the hot seat, having never finished better than 10th in the Big East Conference.
Information continues to come out about Gonzalez being "hot tempered," and his former AD at Manhattan apparently didn't look back on him with much fondness. Only time will tell how much time this angry pirate has left at Seton Hall.
It is hard to imagine how a coach that won back-to-back national championships would even come close to this list, but things haven't been so great in Gainesville lately.
Donovan put the Gators on the college basketball map, but since winning their second title in 2007 the Gators have missed the tournament twice before finally scraping their way in this season.
If Florida bows out early, you can expect that sigh of relief to turn in to a moan of grief.
Time appears to be running out on St. John's Norm Roberts.
Roberts was brought in to restore the Red Storm to a semblance of respectability.
As of right now, though, it appears that Roberts just hasn't done enough.
The Red Storm this season played in many close games but lost most of them. Those losses are probably going to lead to his removal as head coach, which some are saying could come as soon as April.
It can only be a matter of time before the Indiana faithful get frustrated with losing. The Hoosiers are used to being in the mix for at least the Big 10 title.
Crean is still trying to dig Indiana out of the rubble left by disgraced former coach Kelvin Sampson. That, in and of itself, will buy Crean some time, but if he doesn't start picking things up on the recruiting end, he may go the way of Mike Davis.
It may be far too early to have Capel on this list, but I can guarantee there are some fans and boosters in Norman that didn't like what they saw this season.
A drop-off after the departure of Blake Griffin was expected; I'm just not so sure if it was expected to be this big.
Capel should have time to build up the cupboard. He, like Tom Crean at Indiana, has had to undo a lot of damage done by Kelvin Sampson. If the Sooners bounce back next year all will be forgiven, but if they struggle as they did this season it could be trouble for Capel.
Could trouble be brewing for the UCLA Bruins? Ben Howland, who led the Bruins to seemingly every Final Four for a while, is having a hard time of late.
Some of that is do to NBA defections, graduation and injuries, but UCLA isn't used to being this bad and there simply isn't any other word to describe it.
You can better believe that if they don't start picking things up soon, Howland may be in serious trouble.
Of all the coaches on this list it is likely that no one has done less with more than Paul Hewitt.
Hewitt, with the help of players like Derek Favors and Gani Lawal, sneaked into the NCAA tournament this year thanks to a long run in the ACC tournament.
Without that run the Yellow Jackets would most likely not be dancing. Even though they are going to the tournament, though, I'm not expecting anything more than a first-round loss from these guys.
When it comes to coaching, Hewitt appears to be just plain awful, and his time may be running out too.
Surprise Guest: Roy Williams
I know that there is no way that Roy Williams is in any danger of losing his job. But it is fun to speculate nonetheless.
No one was more unhappy with the Tar Heels' fall from grace than Williams, except for perhaps all those North Carolina boosters and fans.
Now while it would be foolish to think his job is in jeopardy now, what would happen if North Carolina doesn't dramatically improve next year with a recruiting class that features top recruit Harrison Barnes?
If Williams doesn't have a huge bounce-back season, I fully expect the Carolina faithful to start turning a bit sour on "good old Roy."
It is a shame that Dion Gaudio hasn't been more successful. After taking over following the death of Skip Prosser, Gaudio managed to keep a talented recruiting class from bolting and last season had the team in the Top 10.
But a late-season swan dive that included an embarrassing first round loss in the NCAA tournament didn't do much to help.
An inconsistent season this year is just piling things on. If Wake is bounced again early in this year's tournament, you can expect the writing to be on the wall, even for a guy as likable as Gaudio.
Trent Johnson may be wishing he had stayed at Stanford. At least this year his 2-14 conference record may not have seemed so bad in the Pac-10.
Johnson has not done much at LSU since taking over two years ago. Winning only 11 games this season isn't doing anything to instill any long-term confidence in him either.
I say he has another year or two to turn things around or he will be out of Baton Rouge pretty quickly.