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Pac-12, SEC coaches make appearance, but Rick Barnes is under pressure, too
Earlier this week, Athlon Sports broke down the top 50 coaches in college basketball for 2013-14.
This isn’t necessarily the flip side to that, but coaches certainly would rather be on that list than this one. The coaches on this list have been hot commodities at one point and all of have been successful. After all, they all had to get their current jobs before starting to feel the pressure.
And the pressure is clear for these 15 coaches as the enter the 2013-14 season.
Relatively speaking, this was a quiet season for coaching moves in the SEC and Pac-12 (outside of Los Angeles, that is). That means a handful of coaches in those leagues specifically are on the hot seat.
But the most intriguing hot seat may be that of Texas coach Rick Barnes. The overall coaching record for the Longhorns coach is impressive, despite a CBI appearance last season. But there's still a sense the program has underachieved for its talent in recent years. Will Barnes begin to feel the heat as his counterpart with the football program has?
Top 15 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013-14
Tony Barbee, Auburn
Two things have been constant in Barbee’s three seasons at Auburn: roster turnover and losing. The Tigers are 35–59 overall and 12–38 in the SEC under his watch and are picked to finish last in the league this season.
Rick Barnes, Texas
It’s tough to put a coach who led his school to 14 straight NCAA Tournament invites (1999-2012) on the hot seat, but Barnes is under pressure to win big at Texas. The Longhorns went 7–11 in the Big 12 last season and have won fewer than 10 league games in four of the last five seasons. He has coached 10 first-round NBA Draft picks since 2000 yet has only reached one Final Four at Texas.
Ben Braun, Rice
It’s not easy to win at Rice, but Braun has struggled to keep the Owls competitive in a bad Conference USA in recent years. After surging to an 8–8 league mark in ’11-12, the Owls slumped to 1–15 last season. He is 56–103 overall and 19–61 in the league in five seasons.
Ken Bone, Washington State
After winning big at Portland State, Bone appeared to be a good fit at Washington State. In Year 2, he won 22 games overall and went 9–9 in the league, but he is just 32–37 overall and 11–25 in the Pac-12 in the last two seasons.
Brad Brownell, Clemson
Brownell has a strong reputation and did well in stops at UNC Wilmington and Wright State, but the Tigers are trending in the wrong direction. After going 17–15 in the ACC in his first two seasons (including an NCAA invite in ’10-11), Clemson slumped to 5–13 last season and is picked to finish near the bottom of the league this year.
Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons showed some signs of life last season in Year 3 of the Bzdelik era, but a 6–12 record in the ACC won’t please a fan base that grew accustomed to annual trips to the NCAA Tournament in the 1990s and 2000s. Bzdelik is 11–39 in the ACC at Wake and 21–77 in league play in his last six seasons as a head coach, at Colorado and Wake.
Johnny Dawkins, Stanford
The numbers aren’t awful (93–73 overall, 39–51 Pac-12), but it’s hard to look past this damaging stat: Stanford made the NCAA Tournament 13 times in the 14 years before Dawkins was hired but has not been to the NCAAs in his five seasons on the job.
Mark Fox, Georgia
Fox has managed a .500 SEC record or better in two of his four seasons at Georgia, but he has yet to win a postseason game (one NCAA Tournament bid) and has a 28–38 mark in the league. Last year, he had the SEC Player of the Year (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) on his roster yet had a losing record.
Tom Pecora, Fordham
Pecora’s move from Long Island (Hofstra) to the Bronx (Fordham) hasn’t gone well. The Rams are 24–64 overall and 7–41 in the A-10 —with three straight 14th-place finishes — in his three seasons.
Buzz Peterson, UNC Wilmington
Peterson’s sixth stop as a head coach (including two stints at Appalachian State) could be his last. The former North Carolina Tar Heel is 33–57 overall and 17–37 in the Colonial in three seasons in Wilmington. The prospects for ’13-14 aren’t too bright.
Oliver Purnell, DePaul
Purnell has yet to win an NCAA Tournament game in 25 seasons as a Division I head coach. That dubious streak isn’t likely to end anytime soon. DePaul is 30–64 overall and 6–48 in the Big East in his three seasons as the head coach. The Blue Demons will have a tough time avoiding a last-place finish in the new-look Big East.
Eric Reveno, Portland
He’s a good follow on Twitter, but Reveno needs to start winning more games. The Pilots had a nice run in the late 2000s, but are 18–44 overall and 7–25 in the WCC over the last two seasons.
Keith Richard, Louisiana-Monroe
It’s never easy to fire an alum, but Richard has really struggled in his three seasons at Monroe, with an overall mark of 14–73 and a 7–45 record in the Sun Belt.
Craig Robinson, Oregon State
Oregon State is one of the toughest jobs in a high-major conference, but Robinson will need to show progress at some point. He is 31–59 in the Pac-12 in five seasons, with a high-water mark of 8–10 in Year 2.
Herb Sendek, Arizona State
Sendek has guided Arizona State to the NCAA Tournament only once in his seven seasons in Tempe. Expectations are high this season — if the ASU fails to make the NCAAs, Sendek could be out of a job.