Candidates on board in men’s college basketball

The coaching circuit has fully rebounded from the COVID-affected 2020 cycle that saw only one Energy Conference program change for coaches. In 2021, there were 14 changes in the first seven leagues. And last spring, there was more, as 17 change jobs in the first seven leagues — including two retired Hall of Famers of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Villanova’s Jay Wright (and replaced by former assistant coaches John Scheer and Kyle Neptune).

The SEC has been the center of the ring, with six of these changes, while the Big East has seen four new coaches.

What is the early reading of the hot seat 2023? There’s very little to discuss in the majority of the major leagues, but it looks like two conferences are poised to grab most of the coaching circuit’s titles five months from now.


ACC is probably busy, which could mean any two to five or six jobs open if things go wrong a certain way. ClemsonBrad Brownell seems to have been on a hot seat since the Obama administration, but he actually signed a contract extension last October through 2026. He’s been with the Tigers since 2010, going to three NCAA championships and one. Season on the tear, winning four straight to end the regular season. Did this run save Brownell’s job? And does Brownell need to get to the NCAA Championship to save her again?

It hasn’t quite happened to Jeff Cable since he took the job Pittsburgh In 2018. The recruiting prowess he showed at Duke and the success he had leading the VCU and Oklahoma didn’t get carried away. The Panthers are only 29-53 in ACC play under Capel. There was little desire to make a move last spring, although a $15 million purchase may have had something to do with it.

North CarolinaKevin Keats and Georgia TechJosh Pastner is facing some pressure to succeed this season, although they both have long contracts that theoretically add some protection. NC State finished last in the ACC last season after dealing with major injury issues and has now missed the past three NCAA tournaments (although the 2020 tournament may have been cancelled). But Keats has the option to run his contract until 2027-28, which would likely make the acquisition deal extravagant. Pastner was the ACC Coach of the Year in 2017 and reached the NCAA Championship in 2021. But this was the only yellow jacket appearance in Pastner’s six seasons in Atlanta. He signed a contract extension last September through 2025-26, and the school just fired its athletic director – and owes soccer coach Jeff Collins more than $11 million after he was sacked in September as well.

The retirement watch will be shown in full at ACC this season, with rumors of varying degrees following SyracuseJim Boheim (77), Notre DameMike Bray (63), MiamiJim Laranaga (73), FloridaLeonard Hamilton (74) for the past two years. “Realistically speaking, I’m pretty close,” Boeheim recently told ESPN’s Myron Medcalf. The Fighting Irish, Hurricanes and Seminoles should all be the NCAA Championship teams this season, however, Brey (2025), Hamilton (2025) and Larrañaga (2026) have a few more years in their deals.

Great East

after driving George Town In a stunning run during the 2021 Big East Championship that culminated in the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Championship since 2015, the wheels took off at Hoyas Patrick Ewing last season. They have not won a single game in the Big East, finishing 6-25 overall and 0-19 in the conference. In Ewing’s five seasons as head coach, Georgetown has never finished above 0.500 in the Big East, and has only finished above 0.500 overall once. Despite all this, Ewing secured a vote of confidence from sporting director Lee Reed last spring and also secured a contract extension after the championship debut – which is said to put his purchase into eight figures.

There is some talk about St. John’s Coach Mike Anderson has been on the hot seat after three seasons without an NCAA appearance, but the Red Storm coach is under contract for another four seasons after this season ends and will owe him a significant amount of money. Anderson needs to have St. John’s fight for this season’s competition, though.

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Two coaches are entering the season under pressure to turn things around. Fred Hojberg’s three classes in his hometown school Nebraska His five years in Iowa didn’t go nearly as well as he did in Iowa, when the Hurricanes went to four consecutive NCAA Championships and one single. Hoiberg’s contract was restructured after last season, cutting his salary – and buying him.

Then there is Chris Collins in North West, whose sporting director issued a statement in March saying that he had “assigned coach Collins to make the changes necessary to achieve success in the 2022-23 campaign.” Collins led Northwestern to her NCAA debut in 2017, which earned him an extension through the end of 2024-25. Despite bright starts the past two seasons, the Wildcats haven’t finished .500 or better in the league since then. He had about $9 million left on his contract after last season.


After six programs that changed coaches last spring, it was rumored that only one coach on the hot seat at the end of the season was still holding out. can happen Ole MissKermit Davis. It didn’t really make sense as a hot seat candidate last spring, although a handful of well-respected industry sources reported it when the season ended. There is definitely some pressure going into this season. It’s his fifth year in Oxford for Davies, who led the Ole Miss to the NCAA Championship in 2019 but hasn’t heard his name on Selection Sunday since. The Rebels finished the penultimate round of the league last season. On the plus side, they are expected to compete for a championship bid this season and also have a nationally ranked recruiting class already in 2023.

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Washington It looked likely to open early last season, but Mike Hopkins and the Huskies were surprisingly competitive, finishing 17-15 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-12. They have only competed in the NCAA once in five seasons under Hopkins. He has a fully secured deal through 2025 and was owed more than $9 million last spring. Arizona Equally hot, with Bobby Hurley under pressure to enter 2022-23. Athletics director Ray Anderson had to confirm last spring that he intended to bring Hurley back – although the Sun Devils’ win seven of their last eight regular season games helped. The three consecutive 20-win seasons from 2018 to 2020 feel like a long time ago, and they need to get back to those levels.

stanford Athletic Director Bernard Moyer announced that he is looking forward to his “ongoing partnership with [Jerod] Haase “after the regular season finale, but the results” are not what we want them to be. “The Cardinal did not attend the NCAA Championship in any of Haase’s six seasons, but they have recruited well and have a knack for pressing for a show this season. Mark Fox took over a California The program was in poor shape when it replaced Wyking Jones in 2019, but the Golden Bears are only 8-32 in the Pac-12 over the past two seasons, athletic director Jim Knowlton told Cal Sports Report in March. It was not working on the extension for Fox.

Finally, maybe we should keep an eye on it OregonWayne Tinkle after a season in which the Beavers went 3-28 overall and 1-19 in the Pac-12. Granted, they went to the Elite Eight the year before, a race that earned Tinkle an extension through 2026-27 — plus a big buy-out beyond this season. It is clear that they should avoid repeating last season.

who is next?

Three names expected to be at the top of most substitution lists coming in March and early April are Loyola Chicago Drew Valentineby us Mark Pope and the State of Colorado Nico Medved.

Valentine, 31, was head coach for only one season, but led Loyola to 25 wins and appearances in the NCAA Championship in 2021-22. The Ramblers have already moved to Atlantic 10 this season, giving him a natural step up without changing jobs. Bob has won no fewer than 20 games in his past five seasons at BYU and Utah Valley, going on to the NCAA Championship in 2021. Medved had consistent success at Foreman, Drake, and Colorado State, and added NCAA championship appearances to his resume, with the Rams finishing 25- 6 last season.

Other notable names likely to make a move include Wyoming Jeff LinderNorth Texas Grant McCaslandDrake Darian DavisOhio Jeff BowlesForeman Bob Ritchie and UAB Andy Kennedy.

The elephant in the room might be Iona Rick Pettino. Clearly one of the best coaches in the sport, Pitino led the Gaels to the NCAA Championship in year one and won 25 games last season. Does a higher specialization program take the opportunity and pursue it? There was some speculation that Seton Hall could try, but then the pirate hired Shaheen Holloway.

Jason Hart is an interesting name, especially for West Coast jobs. He played in the NBA for 10 years, established himself as an assistant coach at USC and cemented his reputation as the head coach of the G League Ignite. There were also some conversations that the Boston Celtics assistant had said Damon Stoddamer He would be interested in returning to the college game, where he was an assistant in Memphis and Arizona before winning 71 games in five seasons in the Pacific.

In terms of coaches who could be looking to make a comeback – like Sean Miller, Thad Mata and Archie Miller – there are a number of good names available. Chris McAnd the Konzo MartinAnd the Mark TurgonAnd the Laval JordanAnd the Tom Crane And the Steve Wojciechowski It immediately comes to mind.

Some other must-see names in the Northeast include Yale James JonesVermont John BakerBryant Jared Grassowhile the mid-Atlantic is marked by the likes of Colgate Matt AngellNorfolk Robert JonesDelaware Martin Engelsby، Pat Skerry and George Mason English Kim.

The Southeast has seen many notable names in recent years, but Belmont Casey AlexanderCharleston Pat KelseyLiberty Richie McKayjacksonville Jordan Menci and South Alabama Ritchie Riley It must be mentioned. Texas State Terence Johnson is a must-see name in the southwest, while Austin Clash He did really well at Nichols.

Out West, South Dakota Eric HendersonBoise State Leon RiceUniversity of California, Santa Barbara Joe PasternakGrand Canyon Press DrawMontana Danny Rush and North Dakota Dave Richman will be mentioned.

Not many are expected to open in the Midwest, but in Missouri Dana Ford and Toledo Todd Kowalczyk You will gain appearance.

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