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College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat

Steve Alford: College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat

Steve Alford: College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat

These college basketball coaches find themselves with a lack of long-term job security heading into the 2018-19 season. We'll have to wait and see who survives the season.

Steve Alford, UCLA
Alford is 20 games over .500 in the Pac-12 and has reached the NCAA Tournament four times in his five seasons in Westwood. The Bruins, however, have not advanced past the Sweet 16 during his tenure and were dangerously close to missing the NCAA Tournament last March — they lost in the First Four — for the second time in three years.  

Pat Chambers, Penn State
The good news: Chambers guided Penn State to 26 wins and an NIT championship last season. The bad news: The Nittany Lions failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in Chambers’ seven seasons and are 50 games under .500 in Big Ten play. 

Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount
Dunlap, a former head coach in the NBA, won big at the Division II level at Cal Lutheran and Metro State but has failed to make Loyola Marymount relevant in the WCC. The Lions are 48–75 overall and 23–49 in the league in his four seasons. 

Wyking Jones, California
It’s not common for a coach to be on the hot seat after only one season, but Jones’ first year as the boss in Berkeley was a disaster. The Golden Bears went 8–24 overall and 2–16 in the Pac-12, the school’s worst record in league play since going 1-11 in the PCC in 1954-55. 

Ernie Kent, Washington State
Washington State is clearly one of the most difficult jobs among the high-major ranks, but it’s also clear Kent is not the answer in Pullman. The Cougars are 47–77 overall and 18–54 in the Pac-12 in his four seasons. Dating back to his time at Oregon, Kent’s teams have had a winning record in Pac-10/12 play only four times in 17 seasons. 

Greg Lansing, Indiana State
The Sycamores went 52–38 in the MVC in Lansing’s first five years, highlighted by a 2011 trip to the NCAA Tournament, but have struggled the last three seasons. His record is decent (133–126 overall, 73–71 in the conference), but Indiana State has not been a factor in the league race since 2015. 

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Dave Leitao, DePaul
In his first stop at the school, from 2002-05, he went 58–34 overall and 30–18 in Conference USA with one NCAA Tournament berth and two trips to the NIT. The numbers upon his return aren’t pretty: 29–65 overall and 9–45 in the Big East. 

Danny Manning, Wake Forest
Manning continues to recruit at a high level — two of his four classes have ranked in the top six in the ACC — but the Demon Deacons have struggled on the court. Last year, Wake slumped to 11–20 overall and 4–14 in the ACC, dropping Manning’s four year league record to 20–52 with finishes of 12th, 13th, 10th and 14th. 

Fran McCaffery, Iowa
McCaffrey’s seat is getting a little toasty after the Hawkeyes tied for 11th in the Big Ten with a 4–14 mark, the school’s worst since 2010-11. The Hawkeyes have made the NCAA Tournament three times in his eight seasons on the job. 

Tim Miles, Nebraska
The Cornhuskers were one of the surprise teams in the Big Ten last season, tying for fourth in the league with a 13–5 record. Still, Nebraska failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in Miles’ six seasons at the school. 

Chris Mooney, Richmond
Mooney has won a bunch of games in his 13 seasons at Richmond and is only two years removed from a 13–5 record in the A-10. But the Spiders have now missed the NCAA Tournament in seven straight years, the longest drought for the school since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. 

Chris Mullin, St. John’s
This surely wasn’t what the St. John’s administration had in mind when it dumped Steve Lavin in favor of Mullin following the 2014-15 season. Arguably the best player in school history, Mullin is 38–60 in three seasons at his alma mater with a horrific 12–42 record in the Big East. 

Jeff Neubauer, Fordham
The Rams are trending in the wrong direction under Neubauer, who enjoyed a nice 10-year run at Eastern Kentucky before making the move to the Bronx. Last year, Fordham went 9–22 overall and 4–14 in the A-10. In three seasons, Neubauer’s teams are 19–33 in league play.   

Richard Pitino, Minnesota
Minnesota was a huge disappointment last season, slumping to 15–17 overall and 4–14 in the Big Ten after a breakthrough ’16-17 campaign that featured the first (and only) trip to the NCAA Tournament in Pitino’s five years. He is 31–59 in conference games during his tenure.