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10 College Basketball Head Coaches on Hot Seat Heading into 2014-15

College Basketball Coaches on Hot Seat Heading into 2014-15

Tom Crean hot seat
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Getting fired is never fun. However, coaching changes have to be made at all levels and college hoops is no different. With that said, we will be looking at 10 college basketball head coaches on the hot seat heading into 2014-15.

Tom Crean, Indiana

Tom Crean hot seat
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Tom Crean, Indiana

Tom Crean hot seat
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Tom Crean is the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. That automatically puts him under the microspore more than others. He had a very talented team last season and still couldn’t make the tourney. It could be tournament or bust for him in the upcoming season.

Johnny Dawkins, Stanford

Johnny Dawkins, Stanford
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Johnny Dawkins, Stanford

Johnny Dawkins hot seat
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Johnny Dawkins could have boughten himself another year by having a good outing in the 2014 NCAA tournament. However, if his team underperforms this season (doesn’t make the tournament), he very well could be out.

Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss

Andy Kennedy hot seat
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Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss

Andy Kennedy hot seat
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Andy Kennedy is not a bad head coach and Ole Miss is not exactly a powerhouse in college hoops. However, the program rarely makes the tournament under him and missing out on the Big Dance left and right probably wasn’t in the job description. But hey, at least the Rebels made the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Steve Lavin, St. John’s

Steve Lavin hot seat
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Steve Lavin, St. John’s

Steve Lavin hot seat
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I want to say that Steve Lavin has at least one more year left, but you never know. He has had some very talented teams while coaching St. John’s. Unfortunately, those teams have underachieved quite a bit. Once again, the Red Storm will have some talent in the 2014-15 season, so making the dance could be a must.

Mark Turgeon, Maryland

Mark Turgeon hot seat
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Mark Turgeon, Maryland

Mark Turgeon hot seat
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Just like most coaches on this list, Mark Turgeon has been coming up short in the making the NCAA tournament field department. Maryland will be taking its talents to the Big Ten next season. That could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it, but the Terps have to have some success no matter what.

Travis Ford, Oklahoma State

Travis Ford hot seat
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Travis Ford, Oklahoma State

Travis Ford hot seat
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Oklahoma State should have been a top 10 team all season long, but it fell off the map for a span there. The Cowboys had Marcus Smart this year and still couldn’t even manage a run in the tourney. The only good thing is the fact that they were able to rebound from a very tough stretch and make it into the field. However, I think that had more to do with Smart returning form a suspension than it had to do with Ford’s coaching.

Oliver Purnell, DePaul

Oliver Purnell hot seat
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Oliver Purnell, DePaul

Oliver Purnell hot seat
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When is the last time you heard about DePaul basketball? This team is consistently bad and getting a new head coach may be the next best thing to do. Regardless, something has to give with this team because it is absolutely horrible. The Blue Demons have to show signs of improvement this year or else Purnell will probably be shown the door.

Anthony Grant, Alabama

Anthony Grant hot seat
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Anthony Grant, Alabama

Anthony Grant hot seat
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The Alabama Crimson Tide did not have a good season this past year. Well, unless if you think finishing 13-19 is good. They managed to finish that bad when Trevor Releford was on the team. Releford averaged 18.5 points per game and had an awesome season. Grant could have another year left, but another bad season would not be pretty.

Mark Fox, Georgia

Mark Fox hot seat
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Mark Fox, Georgia

Mark Fox hot seat
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Mark Fox is yet another coach who lacks NCAA tournament appearances at his current job. That doesn’t really fly well when you coach in the SEC. With that said, the Bulldogs did finish tied for second in the SEC standings this past season and Fox did get a contract extension. Contracts were made to be broken, though, or that is at least the case in this day and age of sports.

Matt Painter, Purdue

Matt Painter hot seat
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Matt Painter, Purdue

Matt Painter hot seat
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Matt Painter has definitely had some success at Purdue, but the team has had two losing seasons in a row. This is a program that has made the Big Dance 26 times (according to ESPN.com), so that is not exactly a good thing. Not to mention, the Boilermakers finished dead last in the Big Ten standings this year (5-13).

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.