The 10 Worst College Basketball Coaching Hires This Decade

Yesterday we covered the 10 best college basketball head coaching hires this decade.

Now it’s time for the 10 worst.

Ironically, three schools that were on the list of 10 best hires are also on the list of the 10 worst hires and one school made this list for two different hires.

Worst hires in the last decade

 

T10. Orlando Antigua, USF – Mark Harlan, who is now the AD at Utah, hired the former Kentucky and Pittsburgh assistant to replace Stan Heath. The Antigua tenure lasted a little more than two years due to poor on-court performance and also NCAA violations from his brother – who was on his staff.

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T10. James Johnson, Virginia Tech – Johnson was brought back to Blacksburg by former Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver in 2012 after Seth Greenberg was fired and his tenure lasted just two seasons and ended with a 22-41 record.

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9. Danny Manning, Wake Forest – Ron Wellman makes his first of two appearances on this list after hiring Manning to replace Jeff Bzdelik in 2014. Manning had been at Tulsa for two seasons and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, but he has struggled mightily at Wake in his five seasons.

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Search Firm: Todd Turner

 

8. Eddie Jordan, Rutgers – Rutgers brought Jordan back to his alma mater in 2013 to replace Mike Rice. Jordan, a former NBA coach, won a total of eight league games in three seasons and finished 14th in the conference in each of his last two years.

Search Firm: Eddie Fogler

 

7. Donnie Tyndall, Tennessee – Former Tennessee AD Dave Hart hired Tyndall despite prior NCAA issues and then had to fire him after one season — a 16-16 campaign in 2015 – due to more NCAA problems that dated back to his time at Southern Miss. Tyndall wound up receiving a 10-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA.

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6. Kevin Stallings, Pittsburgh – This was a baffling decision from Day One, until you connect the pieces. The AD, Scott Barnes, used a search firm led by Todd Turner, who hired Stallings at Vandy. But Stallings was the wrong hire, as things had fallen off the last few years at Vandy and he’s hardly known for his grinding mentality on the recruiting trail. His tenure at Pitt lasted just two seasons, including a winless ACC campaign and a 8-24 mark in his second season.

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Search Firm: Todd Turner

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5. Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest – Ron Wellman hired his buddy Bzdelik in 2010 coming off a three-year run at Colorado in which Bzdelik went 36-58 and won just 10 league games. It made no sense. Bzdelik was 51-76 in four seasons at Wake with a 17-51 league mark. Bzdelik has been terrific in the NBA as Mike D’Antoni’s defensive coordinator but this hire didn’t work out for Wake at all.

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4. Billy Gillispie, Texas Tech – Billy Clyde would have made the list twice, but his hire at Kentucky was more than a decade ago. However, he was hired at Texas Tech in 2011 after supposedly being rehabbed. He lasted just one season, a miserable 8-23 campaign, before all sorts of allegations surfaced about his treatment of players and staff.

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3. Wyking Jones, Cal – He wasn’t the first choice after Cuonzo Martin left for Missouri in 2017 but former AD Mike Williams struck out on a few guys and Jones was cheap and on Martin’s staff. It’s been a brutal two seasons as you can make as case that the Bears have been as bad as any power conference team in the nation. Jones was 8-24 overall and 2-16 in Pac-12 play in his first season and Cal is 7-22 (2-15 Pac-12) this year. This was a colossal fail by Williams.

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2. Isiah Thomas, FIU – Pete Garcia opted to roll the dice and hired the Hall of Famer and former NBA head coach at FIU in 2009. It was a train wreck that lasted three seasons and saw a total of 26 victories. Thomas didn’t have any college coaching experience and it got the school attention for one news cycle.

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1. Kim Anderson, Missouri – Mike Alden, with the help of a search firm (Todd Turner), hired the Mizzou alum in 2014 fresh off a Division II national title at Central Missouri. Anderson had spent a dozen years as the head coach at Central Missouri and he was ill-equipped to make the transition to the high-major DI ranks. He was 27-68 in three seasons and won just eight league contests.

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Search Firm: Todd Turner

 

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