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College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

Tony Barbee's rough tenure ended earlier this season
<p> College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85</p>

Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

Mike MacIntyre Brings Hope and a New Commitment to Colorado

Mike MacIntyre is the right fit at Colorado.
<p> Mike MacIntyre Brings Hope and a New Commitment to Colorado</p>

In the days after Jon Embree was fired as head coach at Colorado last fall, the angry and frustrated former Buffaloes tight end went public with complaints about what he perceived was the school’s lack of commitment to winning.

College Football's Top 10 Most-Improved Teams for 2013

Auburn should be a much-improved team in 2013.
<p> College Football's Top 10 Most-Improved Teams for 2013</p>

Every college football season brings a few surprises. Whether it’s a team finishing in the top 10 that no one expected in the preseason or another program struggling to reach .500 after a successful stretch, each year presents many different case studies when trying to project teams for the upcoming season. And some teams are quick to rebound after a disappointing year to contend for a conference title or crack the top 25 once again.

Pac-12 Football 2013 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the All-Pac-12 Team for 2013
<p> Pac-12 Football 2013 All-Conference Team</p>

The 2013 college football season is just around the corner, and Athlon continues its countdown to kickoff with a look at our first, second and third All-Pac-12 teams for this season.

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2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Pac-12

Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14</p>

After several seasons in the wilderness, the Pac-12 finally started to regain some respect last season.

Five league teams reached the NCAA Tournament, the most since 2009. Three teams were ranked in the final Associated Press top 25 before the Tournament. And two teams reached the Sweet 16 with Arizona losing to Ohio State and Oregon losing to eventual national champion Louisville.

Revised College Basketball Early Top 25 for 2013-14

NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season
<p> NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season</p>

The NBA’s early entry draft deadline has come and gone, creating enough movement to make us re-evaluate our early rankings for 2013-14.

Chief among them, we re-visited Oklahoma State after the Cowboys returned point guard Marcus Smart. Originally, we did not rank Oklahoma State under the assumption Smart, projected to be a top-three pick, would leave for the draft. His return makes Oklahoma State the early Big 12 favorite.

Ranking the Pac-12 Quarterbacks for 2013

Oregon's Marcus Mariota ranks as the Pac-12's top quarterback for 2013.
<p> Ranking the Pac-12 Quarterbacks for 2013</p>

Even though coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL, Oregon’s offense is in good hands with quarterback Marcus Mariota. After earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors last year, Mariota should be the Pac-12’s No. 1 quarterback in 2013 and could be in the mix for All-American honors.