Sure, there’s Kentucky and Florida. But the SEC isn’t exactly a basketball hotbed like it is for football.
Of the eight coaches named by CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander as having the hottest seats in college basketball, two hail from the SEC. Safe to say John Calipari doesn’t make the list.
Missouri’s Kim Anderson is Norlander’s first coach listed. Entering his third season after replacing Frank Haith, Anderson has only 6 conference wins to his name and has finished below .500 in each of his first two seasons. South Florida’s Orlando Antigua is the only other coach with only two seasons helming his current program to make the list.
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.
Joining Anderson is LSU’s Johnny Jones, whose Tigers failed to make the NCAA tournament — or even win 20 games — last season, despite having one of the most heralded prospects to come through college basketball in the last decade.
Jones, entering his fifth season at LSU, became the “biggest punchline in college basketball coaching,” Norlander writes, for his failure to capitalize on having Ben Simmons. Similar critiques have been made of the football coach fired by LSU last month.
Here’s Norlander on Jones:
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.