Top 10 CBB Hot Seats in BCS Conferences
January 13th, 2012| by Lost Lettermen
Now that we have arrived at the meat of college basketball’s conference season, let’s look at the coaches from BCS conference who sit squarely on the hot seat. And remember, just because some schools are rebuilding their programs or simply have low expectations, it doesn’t mean that coaches’ jobs are safe or that the fans and alumni are satisfied.
10. Jeff Bzdelik (Wake Forest)
Bzdelik’s squad isn’t akin to your Wake Forest teams of Tim Duncan or Chris Paul. Heck, Darius Songaila would be ashamed. The Demon Deacons went 8-25 in Bzdelik’s first season, including 1-15 in conference play. This season, Wake has started 10-6, including a split of its conference games. It’s only his second season on the job, so his future is to be determined. But Bzdelik – a former head coach of the Denver Nuggets – better hope that there is a stark turnaround.
9. Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech)
The gregarious Greenberg is a fast-talking New Yorker who made the Hokies respectable after they were nothing more than a laughingstock before his arrival. In 2007, he guided Virginia Tech to its first NCAA appearance since 1996. But Greenberg is going to be expected to produce postseason results after winning 47 games in the last two seasons but falling on the wrong side of the tourney bubble both times. Two straight losses to start ACC play this season has sparked whispers about Greenberg’s job.
8. Craig Robinson (Oregon State)
A presidential pardon won’t save Robinson’s job at Oregon State, but a winning season might. President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law has had two straight losing seasons after an 18-18 campaign and a CBI championship in his first campaign with Beavers. Oregon State looked ready for a turnaround this year after beating Texas but has lost four of its first five Pac-12 games. The league won’t exactly be a tough gauntlet this season, meaning that Robinson – with a full recruiting cycle behind him in his fourth season – will have to show some results. Or he might have to call Air Force One for a ride out of town.
7. Travis Ford (Oklahoma State)
Ford’s teams have been decent thus far in Stillwater. He has gone 65-36 in his first three seasons, making two tourney appearances. But it’s more about what will happen going forward. The Cowboys’ Fred Gulley and Reger Dowell decided to transfer last month and forward J.P. Olukemi tore his ACL. Oklahoma State has won two of its first three Big 12 games – over Texas Tech and Oklahoma, both winless in conference games – but it’s likely to be a struggle the rest of the way considering the Pokes are just 9-7 overall and barely beat UTSA and SMU.
6. Herb Sendek (Arizona State)
Sendek has been named coach of the year in the MAC, ACC and Pac-10 during his head-coaching career. He won the Pac-10 accolade with the Sun Devils in 2010. But things have taken a turn for the worse in Tempe, where Arizona State went 12-19 last season, including 4-14 in conference play. They haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2009, when James Harden was the team’s star. There isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel this season for the 5-11 Sun Devils, whose top recruit, Jahii Carson, has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and top scorer Keala King was just kicked off the team. We think that Sendek will have a bit of a leash – but it won’t be long.