Hot Seat Index: Big Ten
With Northwestern's Bill Carmody fired, Minnesota's Tubby Smith becomes the hottest coach in the league.
The coaching carousel will kick into high gear soon and, in advance of that event, Eye on College Basketball will prepare you with a league-by-league Hot Seat Index, corresponding with conference tourney play. With assistance and input from Jeff Borzello, I'll talk to coaches in the league and then rate each head coach from 1 to 10.
If you get a 1, you are as safe as it gets. If you're a 10, you might want to start looking for a new gig.
Next up is the Big Ten, which is in the midst of its conference tournament. Remember, 10 is the hottest of the hot seats, and 1 is the coolest:
Illinois: John Groce -- Came to Champaign after four seasons at Ohio and has done a tremendous job in his first season with the Illini. Illinois is set to go to the NCAA tourney after a 22-win campaign. That doesn't sound like much, but Groce didn't inherit much from Bruce Weber. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Indiana: Tom Crean -- He inherited a mess from Kelvin Sampson, and it took him a while to get it going. But now he has no shortage of job security after turning the program last season. The fans have forgotten about the first three seasons of his tenure because of the past two years -- in which Indiana has become relevant again. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Iowa: Fran McCaffery -- The program has improved each season under McCaffery, but the Hawkeyes still haven't done enough. Iowa was 11-20 in his first season, 18-17 last season and 21-12 and 9-9 in the Big Ten this season. McCaffery is safe, especially due to a revamped seven-year deal signed last offseason that takes him though 2019. HOT SEAT INDEX: 3
Michigan: John Beilein -- Struggled a bit in his first few years, failing to go to the NCAA tournament in two of his first three in Ann Arbor. However, Beilein has it rolling now and will make it three consecutive NCAA tourney appearances. The Wolverines have established themselves as a national player for the first time in more than a decade. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Michigan State: Tom Izzo -- He's Tom Izzo. He goes to the NCAA tourney every season and also has taken the Spartans to a half-dozen Final Fours. He basically runs East Lansing. Nothing more needs to be said. HOT SEAT INDEX: 1
Minnesota: Tubby Smith -- His fate could be determined by whether the Gophers can do anything in the NCAA tourney. Remember, he has a new AD in Norwood Teague and hasn't gotten past the first round of the NCAA tournament in his six-year tenure. HOT SEAT INDEX: 7
Nebraska: Tim Miles -- Did a nice job in his first season in Lincoln, going 15-18 overall and winning a handful of league contests. His personality is engaging, and the expectations are limited with the Cornhuskers hoops program. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Northwestern: Bill Carmody -- He was fired on Saturday after 13 years in Evanston but only 13 victories this season, yet another year without an NCAA bid. HOT SEAT INDEX: N/A
Ohio State: Thad Matta -- He has won at least 22 games in his last eight seasons in Columbus and has led the Buckeyes to a pair of Final Four appearances. Ohio State tied for second in the league and 25-7 going into Sunday's conference final. Matta is rock solid. HOT SEAT INDEX: 1
Penn State: Pat Chambers -- He's just 22-41 in two seasons and has finished in 11th and 12th in the league. However, he wasn't left much by the Ed DeChellis regime -- and lost his best player, Tim Frazier, this season. HOT SEAT INDEX: 3
Purdue: Matt Painter -- Sure, the Boilermakers underachieved this season, going 15-17 and 8-10 in league play. But Painter has done a phenomenal job in West Lafayette, taking the program to six NCAA tourneys in eight years and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. Remember, this is a guy who spurned more money from Missouri to remain at Purdue. HOT SEAT INDEX: 2
Wisconsin: Bo Ryan -- No matter whom he loses, all the guy does is get to the NCAA tournament. Literally. This will be his 12th consecutive appearance in the Big Dance in his 12th season at the helm. Ryan isn't going anywhere -- unless it's his choice. HOT SEAT INDEX: 1
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