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10 College Basketball Coaches Who Deserve Coal in Their Stocking

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10 College Basketball Coaches Who Deserve Coal in Their Stocking

Mark Fox

With each and every college basketball season, some teams and coaches make early statements, rising up the rankings and exceeding preseason expectations. On the flip side of that discussion there are the teams that disappoint to begin the year, maybe taking some time to develop chemistry and playing as one, while others are simply listed as overrated.

The 2012-13 college basketball season has teams on both sides of the fence and with it comes their respected coaches who face the uncertainty of getting their players and teams back on track. With the Christmas holiday approaching early this week, we can look back at college basketball's first two months and take a peek into just which coaches are performing or under performing.

From the sub .500 winning percentages to records that just seem off considering preseason hype, there are a number of coaches who need to right their ship with the new year and conference portion of the schedule approaching.

There is plenty of time for some of the coaches listed in this slideshow to change the course of the team's respected starts to the season, but for others, hot seats may be developing rather quickly.

Santa may not be all that happy with the job performances of some coaches around the country and with stocking across the nation awaiting his arrival, let's take a look at ten college basketball coaches for deserve coal on Tuesday morning.

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS

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Bo Ryan-Wisconsin

Bo Ryan
Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 7-4

Wisconsin doesn't really have any bad losses this season, but at 7-4 overall, the Badgers appear to lack the true toughness and defensive ability that Bo Ryan's squad are consistently known for. The lack of a true point guard doesn't help either, but Wisconsin has some work to do if they hope to dance in March.

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Rick Barnes-Texas

Rick Barnes
Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 7-5

I'm going to give Rick Barnes and Texas the benefit of the doubt because they have a win over North Carolina on their resume and the loss of star point guard Myck Kabongo certainly isn't helping. However, the Longhorns have lost five of their first 12 games and have looked awful at times. One of those five losses came at the hands of Chaminade, so that's worth a lump of coal to begin with.

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Anthony Grant-Alabama

Anthony Grant
Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 7-4

Anthony Grant would not have been on this list if coal was handed out during the Thanksgiving holiday, but how funny it can be as the calendar changes. Alabama has lost four of its past five games, including a recent defeat at the hands of Mercer. Grant needs to figure things out quickly with SEC play approaching fast.

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Bob Huggins-West Virginia

Bob Huggins
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 5-5

Bob Huggins certainly isn't on the hot seat by any means, but a 5-5 start doesn't help his case with Santa. The loss of Kevin Jones from a season ago has been more than Huggins probably bargained for, but there is still time for West Virginia to figure it out.

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Matt Painter-Purdue

Matt Painter
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 5-6

Well, let's be serious, expectations for Purdue were not as high as they have been in recent years, but Matt Painter squad may struggle to finish above .500 this season. Just how competitive can the Boilermakers be in a league that is being considered the best in the nation?

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Kevin O'Neill-USC

Kevin O'Neill

Record: 4-8

USC is still trying to figure things out with a roster loaded with newcomers, but let's be serious, things are already better than they were a year ago. However, that doesn't mean that Kevin O'Neill doesn't deserve coal in his stocking again in 2012. A loss to UC-Irvine is enough to warrant that and that's just one of eight losses before the Christmas holiday.

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Blaine Taylor-Old Dominion

Blaine Taylor

Record: 1-10

Old Dominion certainly doesn't have the toughness and potential that they have had in recent memory, but at 1-10 overall to begin the season, coal is coming for head coach Blaine Taylor. It's already been a rough start to what will likely be a long year for the Monarchs.

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Josh Pastner-Memphis

Josh Pastner

Record: 7-3

Josh Pastner is a good coach and the future of the Tigers' program looks bright. However, a 7-3 start may not be what fans were expecting, especially with the loaded roster that Memphis features.

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Mark Fox-Georgia

Mark Fox

Record: 4-7

Losses to Iona, Southern Miss, and Youngstown State are just three of the Bulldogs' seven losses to begin the season. Mark Fox is struggling to make a contender out of Georgia, so coal is undoubtedly coming for the head man.

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Ben Howland-UCLA

Ben Howland
Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Record: 8-3

UCLA's record isn't bad, but Ben Howland hasn't helped his case despite winning eight of the team's first 11 games. A highly-touted freshman class and increased expectations have been grounded already this year, as reports of Howland's job security have recently surfaced.