College coaches on the hot seat

Travis Ford's Oklahoma State Cowboys, a preseason top-10 team, have struggled as of late. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

The postseason is fast approaching, the time of year when coaches receive their pink slips. In the past, they would get five or six seasons to prove to fans and administrators they were the right man for the job. Nowadays it has become increasingly common for coaches to get a four-year window -- and if there isn't improvement and/or results, a change is made.

Delaware State got the coaching carousel moving when the Hornets fired Greg Jackson on Jan. 30. Lamar's Pat Knight, the son of legendary coach Bob Knight, was let go this past week.

Coaches who may be in play for some of the openings include former UCLA head coach Ben Howland and ex-Tennessee head man Bruce Pearl, currently an analyst with ESPN.

Without further ado, we give you the rundown of coaches who have work to do the remainder of the regular season and in conference tournament play, or else they could find themselves unemployed.


Steve Donahue, Boston College Eagles -- The challenging nonleague slate he put together backfired, and the Eagles are 6-19 with just a pair of conference wins. The only team in the ACC currently behind BC is Virginia Tech. Donahue can coach, but the issue has been recruiting at the ACC level. There just aren’t enough "ACC caliber" players.