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The pressure is mounting on these eight coaches
 
 
A lot of familiar names on this list:

Missouri's Kim Anderson
 
Record at Missouri, record in the SEC: 19-44 | 6-31
 
Last NCAA Tournament appearance: N/A
 
Missouri is a top-30 program, historically, in college hoops. It's in a small cluster of the best schools to never make a Final Four (only BYU and Xavier have more NCAA Tournament appearances without one). Anderson did not inherit an easy situation, taking over the Tigers after Frank Haith left plenty to pick up. But the program has not had any forward progress through two years under Anderson. Now, in year three, an NCAA Tournament isn't necessary, but getting to .500 probably is. And few think Missouri has the personnel to pull that off this season. Anderson, a Mizzou alumnus, won more than 75 percent of his games as D-II coach across an 11-year period prior to getting the Mizzou gig. That success is yet to translate.

USF's Orlando Antigua
 
Record at USF, record in the American: 17-48 | 8-31
 
Last NCAA Tournament appearance: N/A
 
Antigua would be getting a longer leash if he wasn't facing an academic scandal. His brother resigned over the summer, and the NCAA is conducting an investigation into the program. The school hired athletic director Mark Harlan in March 2014, and if you remember, the school wound up scrambling with this hire. It initially went with Manhattan's Steve Masiello, but his resume incorrectly stated he graduated from the University of Louisville. Masiello was in fact credits shy of that, so USF bailed on the hire only to get Antigua in his place. Now the team's struggled in two years under Antigua, the NCAA is sifting through its files, and Harlan probably has to be thinking about potential replacements if USF can't climb out of the cellar in the American. Most coaches don't face do-or-die years in season No. 3, but Antigua -- like Anderson -- are in unusual circumstances.

 

 


Clemson's Brad Brownell
 
Record at Clemson, record in the ACC: 107-87 | 50-54
 
Last NCAA Tournament appearance: 2011 (Lost to No. 5 WVU in Round of 64)
 
This is Brownell's seventh season at Clemson. He's made only one NCAA Tournament, and now he's got Jaron Blossomgame back on his roster. That's a likely 2017 NBA first-rounder, not to mention one of the 15-or-so best players in the sport this season. But this league Brownell's in. It's really tough. Getting above .500 in the ACC this season would be huge for the Tigers; they went 10-8 last year. And Clemson fans, I ask you: Are you satisfied with Brownell/would you accept an 18-win season? If the answer is yes (and I think 18-win seasons should be satisfactory at a football-first, football-second, football-third place like Clemson), then you keep Brownell. Why 18 wins? It's his average there over the past six seasons. If Clemson is an NIT team again this season, if the school decides to get ambitious and make a change because of this, it would be reasonable. And Brownell's established enough as a coach that he could get a head gig at a smaller school once again.

LSU's Johnny Jones
 
Record at LSU, record in the SEC: 80-51 | 40-32
 
Last NCAA Tournament appearance: 2015 (Lost to No. 8 NC State in the first round)
 
The damage of last year's impotent showing with Ben Simmons on the roster made Johnny Jones the biggest punchline in college basketball coaching. Simmons went No. 1, yet LSU was never on the better half of the bubble, and the team didn't even accept a postseason bid. After being projected as a top-20 team by many, the Tigers went 19-14 and could not accrue any momentum. Jones has had some nice talent come through Baton Rouge, but you could say the same -- 20 times over -- for that football guy they just fired. Les is the name, I think. So don't believe Jones' overall record will necessarily keep him safe this season. LSU might well need to make an NCAA Tournament for him to hold on to his job. Every scenario is different. Jones has never won fewer than 19 games in a season since he got to LSU, but Bayou Bengal fans feel his record shouldn't be 80-51 overall, instead something closer to 95-36.

 

 


East Carolina's Jeff Lebo
 
Record at ECU, record in C-USA, American: 99-100 | 37-63
 
Last NCAA Tournament appearance: N/A
 
East Carolina is no basketball sanctuary, but Lebo's been pulling rope for a program that's about the 170th-most impressive in the sport since he took over in 2010. The Pirates just can't make any progress here, and if Lebo goes a fourth year without getting above .500, a changing of the guard is completely warranted. Lebo's failed to coach any program he's been at (he's also coached Auburn, Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech) to the Big Dance.

 

 

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