Georgia’s Tom Crean, Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing Among Coaches On The Hot Seat

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. 

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.

Author: Lucy Green