Top 5 College Basketball Coaches at Risk of Being Fired in 2021-22

By Dan Vasta in Sports
| September 5, 2021 6:30 am PDT

The college basketball season is always an exciting time of the year. Before the excitement of March begins, the offseason and early stages of the season happen first.

Several programs have not been able to find success under their current coaches. There comes a time when the program must look elsewhere for a coach.

The 2021-22 college basketball season is arriving, so here are your top five coaches on the hot seat.

Mike Brey – Notre Dame

The job that Brey has done for the Irish has been impressive. He nearly took them to their first Final Four since 1978 in 2015 and 2016.

The ACC has been the top conference in America for Brey’s tenure, but he has been there since 2000-01.

Notre Dame has been his program, but the losses have been piling up.

Duke and North Carolina will be primed for improvement this season. Virginia is in the same category, and Florida State has been one of the better surging programs.

There are no easy outs in the conference, and they want to get back to their winning ways. If Brey posts a third losing season in the past four years, the program could look elsewhere. Not many coaches bring the intrigue and expectations that Brey has with the Irish.

Tom Crean – Georgia

Tom Crean

Tom Crean’s brother-in-law is Jim Harbaugh, and he is one of the top hot seat coaches in college football entering the season. It must run in the family because the former Indiana Hoosier coach is 41-49 at Georgia.

Despite reaching the NCAA Tournament four times with Indiana in the Big Ten with three trips to the Sweet 16, Crean has not finished in the top nine of the SEC.

Georgia is not well known as a basketball program, but they are another team in a powerhouse conference that has not seen any success. Ironically enough, Mark Fox was the previous coach, and he could not find any answers in Athens either.

Appearing in the dance just once in the past ten seasons has made this program an afterthought. Crean is running out of time, and his inability to pull off any signature victories will come back to haunt him.

Mark Fox – Cal

Four straight losing seasons for a program that has not had any hype is never good news.

The recruiting has been iffy, and the future has suffered. Fox had a losing career in the SEC with Georgia (2009-18) and is looking for that magic he had with Nevada (2004-09).

Fox is 23-38 at Cal with a 10-28 record in the Pac-12. A dead last finish last season was good enough for a firing, but a shortened season has given him one final season to get this team more competitive.

The bad news is the Pac-12 could improve yet again.

That could leave the Bears in the basement in consecutive seasons. Losing 12 of their final 14 games last season was not the springboard they wanted. If Fox cannot overcome a challenging slate this season, he could become the first coach that gets axed.

Bobby Hurley – Arizona State

Bobby Hurley

The Sun Devils had plenty of preseason hype last season, and many believed they would be a dark horse Final Four team last season.

The season did not go as planned, and they went from preseason number 18, to off the national map.

They finished as the four seed in the Pac-12 but had a quick exit to UCLA. The Sun Devils finished with an abysmal 11-14 record, and it was their first losing season since 2016-17, which was the second year for Hurley in Tempe.

The disappointing part is there are teams like USC and UCLA that have emerged. Under Hurley, the program has only made it to the dance twice. Pressure is on the team after they lost Remy Martin to Kansas via transfer.

Another mid-tier finish without a trip to the dance could force Hurley out the door.

Bruce Weber – Kansas State

The top coach that has the hottest seat is Kansas State coach, Bruce Weber.

Weber has seen some success with the Wildcats, but the coach is still known for losing in the 2005 national title against North Carolina.

Manhattan is hopeful for a winning season in Weber’s tenth season despite a 20-41 record the past two seasons.

The Big 12 has been getting several rising programs in recent years.

Texas Tech nearly won a national title a few years ago, and Oklahoma State made moves last season. Kansas is consistent, and Texas seems to be the next to make a rise up the ranks. Oh yeah, Baylor won the national championship too.

So many different teams are having success, and it seems like a party in the Big 12. It was a fun season for the entire conference, excluding last-place finisher, Kansas State.

Going 9-20 overall with a 4-14 conference record isn’t cutting it. Weber is a likely candidate to part ways after the season if there is more disappointment.

Looking Ahead to the 2021-22 NCAA Season

There will be several college basketball coaches that could be coaching their final season for teams in the power conferences.

We see underrated coaches come out of nowhere in the NCAA Tournament, and a few take advantage of winning streaks and stretches where they light the world on fire.

If the five coaches above want to avoid being replaced, posting a winning season would be a start the fanbases would appreciate.

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