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A – Our A-group is going to consist of a group of coaches who have changed their team to the positive as a result of them being there. Our A group is the cream of the crop and will more than likely see a huge stock change by the end of the season.

B – Our B-group is going to consist of a group of coaches who are on the rise but needs that little something to get them over the edge. This group needs to do something to give their team that big boost that they need to rise to the top of their conferences. They are almost there.

C – Our C-group are coaches who are doing good but just can’t afford to stay in their current position for more than two (2) seasons. This group needs an NCAA Tournament win and not just an appearance to make the jump to the next grade above. If they don’t they will more than likely fall to the next grade below.

D- Our D-group of coaches are those who are just one season away from being on the Hot Seat Watch List. This group desperately needs a win season or more in their conference to stay off the Hot Seat Watch List.

F – This group of coaches either has been fired or is already on the Hot Seat Watch List.

A Group

Like I’ve mentioned before this is the cream of the crop out this class.

Will Wade (LSU)

Mike Rhoades (VCU)

Chris Jans (New Mexico State)

Ryan Ridders (Bethune–Cookman)

Will Wade (LSU)

The Four of these coaches are doing very well. Unfortunately, Coach Will Wade has gotten himself into a little hot water. You know, I don’t know about you but there is something irking me about these FBI investigations. I’m not a fan of a whole lot of government oversite but the rules are the rules and we must abide by them. With that aside, Coach Wade is a very good coach and I hope that LSU finds a way to punish him without firing him. However, with LSU winning the way they are with Coach Tony Benford that may spell trouble for coach way in the near future. I’m just saying. Coach Benford was once head coach at North Texas, where he spent five seasons and over saw the team’s transition from the Sun Belt to the Conference USA.

Mike Rhoades (VCU)

There is a good chance that Coach Mike Rhoades may be moving on to bigger and better things after this season. Coach Rhodes VCU team finished in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Chris Jans (New Mexico State)

Coach Chris Jans has led New Mexico State to back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament champions. Will some bigger programs try to pick him up after the post season is over? There is a good chance.

Ryan Ridders (Bethune–Cookman)

This young coach is under the radar. He has Bethune-Cookman, a small D1 school, winning. Bethune-Cookman has never gone to the NCAA Tournament in its Division 1 College Basketball history. I got a feeling that this will change very soon with this young coach. Bethune-Cookman tied for the MEAC conference title in 2018.

B Group

This group is not doing badly at all. It.s just a matter of time before they drive their team to the next level. Those in the major six (6) conferences needs a deep run into the NCAA Conference. Those who on the mid major level needs to just get to the tournament. But this group is more than likely just a season from getting there.

Brian Gregory (South Florida)

Kevin Keatts (N.C. State)

Brian Dutcher (San Diego State)

Matt Figgers (Austin Peay)

Grant McCasland (North Texas)

Mike Hopkins (Washington)

Baker Donleavy (Quinnipiac)

Josh Pasternach (UC Santa Barbara)

Derek Kellogg (LIU Brooklyn)

Donte Jackson (Grambling State)

Brian Gregory (South Florida)

South Florida didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament this year. As a matter of fact, Florida didn’t even have a winning season in the American, but the reason that he’s on this list is because South Florida was at least competitive this past season. South Florida should have a lot of key players returning next season. If David Collins, LaQuincy Rideau, and Alexis Yetna all return to South Florida, they could possibly go to the NCAA Tournament next season.

Kevin Keatts (N.C. State)

I still have faith in Kevin Keatts. Even though I thought that this team was going to do better than they did this season. But if Coach Keatts doesn’t make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament next season he’s going to fall down to category “C”. However, I got a good feeling that N.C. State will be very competitive next season.

Brian Dutcher (San Diego State)

Coach Steve Fisher single handedly put this team in the national light. San Diego State has been competitive since Steve Fisher took over as Coach. Because of him this school get to draw a lot of good recruits. But Coach Brian Dutcher gets credit for keeping them competitive. However, if Coach Butcher doesn’t make it to the tournament next season he could easily move down to category “C”.

Matt Figgers (Austin Peay)

Austin Peay is winning but they went from 3rd to 4th. Austin Peay needs to do more than just have a winning season. They need to win the Conference Regular season or Ohio Valley Conference in order for Coach Figgers to move up into the next category.

Grant McCasland (North Texas)

North Texas’ record doesn’t reflect how competitive this team has been. North Texas won the CBI Championship in coach McCasland’s first season as head coach. However, this team needs to win the Conference Regular season or Tournament Title in order for Coach McCasland to move up into Category “A”

Mike Hopkins (Washington)

Washington won the Pac-12 Title this season under Coach Hopkins. That’s all good. I’m just waiting to see what happens to Washington in the NCAA Tournament. Can he lead this team past the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament or did he get their just because his Conference was so weak this year. We’ll see.

Baker Donleavy (Quinnipiac)

Baker Donleavy’ s Quinnipiac team is improving each season. His second season with the team was a winning one. Quinnipiac finished 2nd in the Mid American Athletics Conference and the team also participated in the CIT, where they loss in the first round. It’s a totally different outcome than the one his father had at Tulane. We all know that Coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. was just recently fired from Tulane.

Josh Pasternach (UC Santa Barbara)

Coach Josh Pasternach’s two (2) seasons with UC Santa Barbara have been winning ones. UC Santa Barbara finished 2nd in the Big West Conference for two (2) seasons in a row.

Derek Kellogg (LIU Brooklyn)

LIU Brooklyn won the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship under the leadership of Coach Kellogg in just his first season.

Donte Jackson (Grambling State)

Coach Jackson has Grambling State competing in the SWAC. He led them to a Conference regular season championship in 2018 and both season have been winning ones.

C Group

This group isn’t doing bad but yet they aren’t doing good enough. This group needs an NCAA Tournament win and not just an appearance to make the jump to the next grade above or they will find themselves on the hot seat list soon. They are:

Shantey Legans (Eastern Washington)

Keith Dambrot (Duquesne)

Dustin Kern (Presbyterian)

Jim Hayford (Seattle)

Barret Peery (Portland State)

Robert McCullen (Florida A&M)

Bob Richy (Furman)

Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)

Anthony Grant (Dayton)

Cuonzo Martin (Missouri)

Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)

Patrick Ewing is the one coach out of this list that has to be very careful. He’s going to need to have a good showing next season, I mean a Sweet Sixteen appearance or better. He’s in a major six (6) conference and finishing in the first round of the NIT isn’t gonna cut it. However, a 3rd place finish in the Big East wasn’t bad.

Anthony Grant (Dayton)

The same thing with Coach Anthony Grant. Coach Grant has to do more than just finish in the first round of the NIT next season. That third season is crucial. Each of these coaches could find themselves on the Hot Seat after next season if they don’t do well.

Cuonzo Martin (Missouri)

Coach Martin finished in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season with a pretty decent team. Missouri finished in 8th place in 2018-2019 and did not participate in any post season tournament. He also has to have a good showing next season.

D Group

This group desperately needs a win season or more in their conference to stay off the Hot Seat Watch List. They are:

John Groce (Akron)

Lamont Paris (Chattanooga)

Paul Weir (New Mexico)

Jerrod Calhoun (Youngstown State)

Dennis Felton (Cleveland State)

Matt McCall (UMass)

Jack Owens (Miami (OH)

Mike Balado (Arkansas State)

C.B. McGrath (UNC Wilmington)

Juan Dixon (Coppin State)

Scott Pera (Rice)

Brad Underwood (Illinois)

Archie Miller (Indiana)

Brad Underwood (Illinois)

Illinois hasn’t had a winning season as of yet under Coach Underwood. They were a real disappoint me this season. That’s why they are on this list. Next season is real crucial for Coach Brad Underwood.

Archie Miller (Indiana)

Unlike Illinois, Indiana is in the NIT at least. But another NIT appearance after this season is not going to cut it.

F Group

This group of coaches either has been fired or resigned before the school got around to firing them or is already on the Hot Seat Watch List.

Donnie Marsh (Alabama A&M)

Wyking Jones (California)

Donnie Marsh (Alabama A&M)

Coach Donnie Marsh resigned from Alabama A&M last season after a very slow start.

Wyking Jones (California)

Coach Wyking Jones is already on our Hot Seat watch list. He finished the last two (2) seasons in 12th place.


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