No coach was on the hot seat last year in NCAA Basketball more than Kevin Stallings of Pittsburgh. Here are the likeliest candidates for 2018-19.
When it comes to being a head coach in NCAA Basketball, the first three seasons are crucial in terms of surviving. Expectations are high, and patience is low and social media amplifies everything.
Over the last five years, the number of coaches throughout D-1 Basketball that are fired is around 30. That’s the official numbers, although “forced” retirements and coaches jumping ship early to avoid that fate add to the number.
When it comes to last season, there too many departures from the power conferences. A big reason for that was due to the massive amount of turnover from the previous season, meaning that there weren’t too many guys on the hot seat.
There still were some departures – seven total from the top seven conferences. Three of them came from the AAC (UConn, East Carolina, and Memphis), two from the ACC (Pittsburgh and Louisville), and another couple from the SEC (Ole Miss and Georgia). Surprisingly there were none from the Big East, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 had no coaching changes.
Looking ahead to next season, there seem to be some coaches clearly on the chopping block, with a few somewhat a surprise they were still with a job. Then there are others that will need to make an NCAA Tournament appearance coming up to avoid more heat coming their way.
Here’s a look at the head coaches who should be sweating it for 2018-19.