College basketball's coaching carousel accelerated rapidly during the 2021 offseason after there was just one hire made within the sport's seven major conferences during the 2020 offseason amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. That one hire was Wake Forest's Steve Forbes, who replaced Danny Manning. But in the 2021 cycle, there were 15 coaches hired in the sport's major seven leagues as the sport received a significant shakeup within the coaching ranks.
Will there be as many high-profile changes in 2022? It seems unlikely, but there will certainly be some moves. Duke is set for a transition from Mike Krzyzewski to Jon Scheyer, and with high-dollar programs Louisville and Maryland already in the market for new coaches, the carousel is starting to spin. Pink slips will be waiting in March for some who can't get their teams turned around over the next month, and it's not hard to figure out who may be in trouble.
Of the five coaches who we mentioned in this feature last February, three were done at the end of the season, and another -- Josh Pastner at Georgia Tech -- used an improbable run through the ACC Tournament to cast his tenure in a different light.
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Who are the coaches on the hottest seats this time around? CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and David Cobb share their thoughts for this edition of the Dribble Handoff:
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
When I first started watching and caring about sports, as a child in the Memphis area in the early 1980s, my two favorite sports were baseball and college basketball. So Patrick Ewing is literally one of the first larger-than-life sports figures I can remember. He was so incredible at Georgetown. Villanova depriving the world of a Patrick Ewing-Keith Lee matchup in the title game of the 1985 NCAA Tournament is probably my earliest sports disappointment.
When Ewing was hired to coach Georgetown in April 2017, I loved it. I wasn't certain it would go well because, at this point, I fully realize that you never know when it comes to these things. But, hand to heart, I wanted it to go well because there would just undeniably be something awesome about Patrick Ewing making Georgetown awesome again.
Alas, it's not going well. Georgetown is 6-12 overall and 0-7 in the Big East in Ewing's fifth season. The Hoyas are on an eight-game losing streak. KenPom.com projects them as underdogs in every remaining game. So becoming the first team to win zero games in the Big East since DePaul went 0-18 in league games in 2009 is very much on the table.
Either way, Georgetown is about to finish eighth-or-worse in the Big East for the fourth time in five years -- and Ewing is currently 68-71 overall as coach of his alma mater, just 26-51 in Big East games. Georgetown is 168th at KenPom. A brand this big should never be this bad. So the administration might have to confront an uncomfortable situation come March and figure out how to address a legend struggling badly. -- Gary Parrish
Tom Crean, Georgia
Josh Brooks is the athletic director at Georgia, someone who's held the position officially for not even 13 months. The football team is coming off a national championship for the first time in two generations, and the momentum behind that university right now is as optimistic as it's been in a long time due to how great of a program Kirby Smart has built on the field. This means Brooks is in a position to make a move in men's basketball if he chooses, and should that happen, he'll have full autonomy over the search and the hire.
Georgia is mired in a 6-15 season. It rates as the worst power-conference team in multiple metrics (206th at KenPom, for one). I kind of can't believe this is already Crean's fourth season in Athens, Georgia, but it is, and he carries with him a 47-64 record. I think he's got the hottest seat of anyone. At a certain point it's worth asking if Georgia should go through one more season of this before starting all over again anyway. Multiple industry sources told me in the past two weeks that they anticipate Georgia will make a change at the end of this season. Crean's buyout drops from $7.5 million to $3.5 million on April 6. I don't know if Brooks will want or even need to wait that long. The SEC will likely see multiple openings and pieces are already quietly moving behind the scenes in advance of what's expected to be a headline-generating carousel in that conference come March. -- Matt Norlander
Bruce Weber, Kansas State
Kansas State is clearly better this season than in the past two under Weber, who is now in Year 10 with the Wildcats. But their record (10-10, 2-6 Big 12) does not show it, and fan patience must be nearing a breaking point. Weber's seat was already warm before the season started, but K-State showed its potential in back-to-back wins over Texas Tech and Texas on Jan. 15 and Jan. 18, and it should have beaten Kansas on Jan. 22 to make it three wins in a row over ranked teams. Instead, the Wildcats against the arch rival Jayhawks, lost in crushing fashion and have now dropped three straight.
The loss to Kansas marked five losses by three points or less for K-State this season. While the series of narrow defeats could be used in defense of Weber, at this point it's probably just more ammo against him. Close losses would be easier to categorize as moral victories if he hadn't led K-State to three straight 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearance between 2017 and 2019. Since then, Kansas State is just 9-35 in Big 12 play.
Weber led Southern Illinois to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, took Illinois to a national title game and had K-State in the Big Dance for five of his first seven seasons on the job. Who knows? At 65, maybe he's even got enough left for a final hurrah somewhere else. The man has won a lot in his career. But, barring a miraculous turnaround for the Wildcats during the second half of Big 12 play, it seems apparent that a change is needed at Kansas State. -- David Cobb