Today, I’m going to single out two coaches from each of the Power Six conferences who are likely on their way out after the season. Before I do that, I want to congratulate the nation’s Athletic Directors for not firing anybody mid-season this year. After watching programs like DePaul and UNC-Wilmington struggle to find new leaders after firing coaches in January, perhaps the notion that it’s better to finish the season before handling your business is taking root again.
Now, on to our Power Six Pink Slip Pairings:
ACC: NC State’s Sidney Lowe (2-7 in conference) and Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt (3-6)
Big Ten: Michigan’s John Beilein (4-7) and Penn State’s Ed DeChellis (5-6)
Big 12: Texas Tech’s Pat Knight (3-6) and Nebraska’s Doc Sadler (3-5)
Big East: Providence’s Keno Davis (3-8) and South Florida’s Stan Heath (2-9)
Pac-10: Oregon State’s Craig Robinson (4-7) and Arizona State’s Herb Sendek (1-10)
SEC: Arkansas’ John Pelphrey (right, 4-5) and LSU’s Trent Johnson (2-6)
Not all of these men will be fired, but you can bet each has a sizable contingent of fans who would pay good money for a firecoachx.com domain name right about now. A couple of honorable mentions go to Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel and Miami’s Frank Haith. Both coaches have let promising programs slide, but each is overshadowed by more deserving colleagues in his own conference.
To my mind, the least likely pair to fall is the Beilein/DeChellis double bill in the Big Ten. Their relatively strong records show just how tough the league is from top to bottom. The most likely is the Lowe/Hewitt duo in the ACC – both coaches have had ample time and talent to build winning programs and haven’t come through.
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