Which NCAA Basketball head coaches are potentially in the most danger this season?
While it is not quite the season for NCAA basketball season to be fired, it is not too early to see who is on the hot seat. Last year, there were 37 head coaching changes, and there has already been one this season. The following is a list of the head coaches who are most likely to lose their jobs after this season.
10. Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
The 59-year-old Hall of Famer is a Georgetown legend, and it is not that he has done a terrible job, but the Hoyas have only made one NCAA Tournament appearance under his guidance, and this year doesn’t look like it will be No. 2. GU had a horrible loss to Dartmouth in the season opener and is 0-5 in the Big East, with four of the setbacks by double-digits. His contract expires after next season.
9. Brian Gregory, USF
Gregory is under contract through 2023 as USF AD Michael Kelly recently extended several coaches’ contracts to create stability. USF doesn’t have much basketball tradition, and Gregory led the Bulls to a program-record 24 victories in 2018-19, but they have posted just 23 wins since then. The Bulls are one of the worst offensive teams in the nation this year.
8. Bobby Hurley, Arizona State
Hurley is likely safe as he has done a fairly solid job with the Sun Devils, though there have been disappointments, and is under contract thru 2024. However, if ASU doesn’t recover from a slow start, his seat could get hot this upcoming season.
7. Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska
I like the Mayor and would love for him to succeed with the Cornhuskers, but it doesn’t appear that will happen. Hoiberg would be way higher on this list if not for his contract, which runs thru 2027 and cost the University about $18.5 million buyout. The Huskers are 6-13 this year, including losing all eight Big Ten games with six of those setbacks by double-digits. NU ranks 319th in defensive ranking. Hoiberg is 20-58 in two-plus seasons in Lawrence.
6. Dylan Howard, Alabama A&M
Howard is likely safe, but he is just 23-69 in his fourth season with the Bulldogs and 107-191 overall as a head coach.
5. Richard Barron, Maine
Barron’s tenure at Maine has been a disaster. Barron, who coached the Black Bears’ women’s team before getting the men’s job, is 19-69 overall, including 3-13 this year. He has one year left on his deal that pays him under $200,00 a season. Maine has not recorded double-digit wins since 2012-13.
4. Barclay Radebaugh, Charleston Southern
Radebaugh is the program’s longest-tenured head coach as he is in his 17th season with the Buccaneers. The 56-year-old has had some success during this period, leading the Bucs to two of the program’s four conference championships and posting four winning seasons. However, CSU is just 6-31 since the beginning of 2020-21 and 20-49 over the last three seasons.
3. Dan Monson, Long Beach State
Monson has had an excellent run at The Beach. He has produced only one winning season over the past eight. This year, Long Beach St. is 8-9 and 3-1 in the Big West. Monson’s contract runs thru next year.
2. Tom Crean, Georgia
There were high expectations when Georgia brought in Crean, but he hasn’t come close to meeting them. The Bulldogs are 5-13 this season, with eight losses by double-figures. Three of the Dawgs losses were to Wofford, East Tennessee State, and Gardner-Webb (17 points). Crean has produced just one winning season last year, and 16 wins are the most during his tenure. Defense has been a significant issue since his arrival, and the Bulldogs’ defensive rating of 108.6 ranks 339th in the country.
1. Danny Manning, Maryland
Manning replaced Mark Turgeon on an interim basis on December 2. Since then, the Terps are 5-6, which likely means Manning will not be retained.
This is too bad because I believe Manning should be a head coach though not necessarily at College Park. Manning has a 120-145 record with two NCAA appearances.