There were 60–plus job changes in the past year, and many of them came in the SEC and the A-10.
We give you a dozen coaches who can ill afford to finish near the bottom of their respective leagues if they want to remain employed at their current school.
PATRICK EWING, GEORGETOWN
Record: 68-84, 26-63 (conference record) (5 seasons)
Ewing may be the greatest player in school history, but he can’t keep going winless in Big East play. He revamped the roster, and we’ll see if he can get the Hoyas back to respectability at the very least. Ewing will never be fired, but if he doesn’t make significant strides this season, there should be a mutual parting of ways.
CHRIS COLLINS, NORTHWESTERN
Record: 132-148, 56-113 (9 seasons)
Contract: 2017 signed an extension through 2024-25
Collins was considered a rising star six years ago when he led Northwestern to its first-ever NCAA tourney berth. But since then, it’s been rough sledding with five straight losing campaigns. Collins also watched as his top frontcourt players, Pete Nance and Ryan Young, transferred to North Carolina and Duke, respectively. Fairly-new AD Derrick Gragg may have a decision to make after this season.
FRED HOIBERG, NEBRASKA
Record: 24-67, 9-50 (3 seasons)
Contract: 2020 signed a one-year extension through 2026-27
Hoiberg restructured his contract so the buyout dropped from $18.5 million to $11 million. He just hasn’t had the same level of success in Lincoln that he had at his alma mater, Iowa State, winning just nine Big Ten contests in three years at Nebraska.
BRAD BROWNELL, CLEMSON
Record: 218-166, 103-111 (12 seasons)
Contract: 2021 signed two-year extension through 2025-26
Brownell has to get to the NCAA tourney. It’s likely that simple. Brownell has gone to a trio of NCAA Tournaments in his tenure, but it’s difficult to imagine Brownell going to another one this season — especially with star PJ Hall coming off an injury.
JEFF CAPEL, PITTSBURGH
Record: 51-69, 21-53 (4 seasons)
Contract: 2020 signed two-year extension through 2026-27
Capel had it rolling a few years ago, but then it all unraveled and his top three players all transferred out. This is Year 5 and he has just 21 ACC wins, finishing no higher than 11th in the conference thus far. Sure, he inherited a tough gig, but he’ll need to make a jump to get another year.
MIKE ANDERSON, ST. JOHN’S
Record: 50-41, 23-33 (3 seasons)
Contract: 2021 signed a six-year extension through 2026-27
Anderson enters his fourth season in Queens without an NCAA tourney appearance, but he certainly has enough to get there this year with the addition of Andre Curbelo (Illinois) and David Jones (DePaul). The Johnnies are 10 games under .500 in Big East play in his three years.
BOBBY HURLEY, ARIZONA STATE
Record: 118-100, 60-67 (7 seasons)
Contract: 2019 signed a two-year extension through 2023-24
Hurley raised the expectations, taking the Sun Devils to the NCAA tourney in 2018 and ’19. The last two years have been rough with just 25 total wins and a 17-20 league mark. Hurley went to the portal in the offseason in hopes of turning it back around in the right direction.
MARK FOX, CAL
Record: 35-58, 15-43 (3 seasons)
Contract: 2019 signed a five-year contract though 2023-24
Fox inherited a mess in 2019, but this is his fourth season and his roster doesn’t look like one that will be able to compete for the top half of the Pac-12. The Bears are 15-43 in his tenure in league play.
KERMIT DAVIS, OLE MISS
Record: 64-61, 30-42 (4 seasons)
Contract: 2021 signed a new four-year deal through 2024-25
Davis went dancing in his first season, but the Rebels have been mediocre the last three years. Ole Miss is coming off a 4-14 campaign in the SEC, and a repeat performance could cost Davis his job.
MIKE HOPKINS, WASHINGTON
Record: 85-75, 45-49 (5 seasons)
Contract: 2019 signed a six-year extension through 2024-25
Hopkins had it heading in the right direction his first two seasons with an NIT and NCAA tourney appearance, but then the Huskies finished 12th (2020) and 11th (2021) in the Pac-12 before going 17-15 overall a year ago. This year will be pivotal for Hopkins.
KEVIN KEATTS, NC STATE
Record: 90-68, 43-50 (5 seasons)
Keatts enters his sixth season in Raleigh, and he can’t have another season like the one a year ago in which the Pack went 11-21 overall and finished 4-16 in the ACC. Keatts went to the NCAA tourney in his first season, and doesn’t necessarily have to get back this season, but he needs to get back to the NIT after appearances in 2019 and ’21. There’s also a significant buyout if AD Boo Corrigan makes a move after this season.
JEROD HAASE, STANFORD
Record: 98-90, 52-60 (6 seasons)
Haase enters his seventh season and is looking for his first NCAA tourney appearance in Palo Alto. The good news is that Stanford generally has patience with its coaches, but Haase could certainly use a tourney bid for job security.