2 SEC coaches make CBS Sportsâ€™ list of hottest seats in college basketball https://t.co/7c3Z60e97g— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) October 24, 2016
2 SEC coaches make CBS Sportsâ€™ list of hottest seats in college basketball https://t.co/7c3Z60e97g
Entering his third season after replacing Frank Haith, Mizzou's Kim 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.Joining Anderson is LSU’s Johnny Jones, whose Tigers failed to make the NCAA tournament — or even win 20 games —
Tom Crean, Kevin Willard and Andy Enfield got off the Hot Seat. Who will try to do so this season? â€” https://t.co/dDBjjsscMd— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 31, 2016
Tom Crean, Kevin Willard and Andy Enfield got off the Hot Seat. Who will try to do so this season? â€” https://t.co/dDBjjsscMd
Johnny Jones may be working at Jimmy Johns next year.... https://t.co/Wx1tqyk4O8— Mark Pancratz (@MarkPancratz) November 23, 2016
Johnny Jones may be working at Jimmy Johns next year.... https://t.co/Wx1tqyk4O8
It just means less. pic.twitter.com/Cr5yBZ32J2— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) November 23, 2016
It just means less. pic.twitter.com/Cr5yBZ32J2
LSU basketball: Recap, box score of LSUâ€™s embarrassing 92-62 loss to Texas A&M https://t.co/0QiWAoSNvr— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) January 12, 2017
LSU basketball: Recap, box score of LSUâ€™s embarrassing 92-62 loss to Texas A&M https://t.co/0QiWAoSNvr
Credit to LSU for coming back, but it's pretty blatant there's 0 defensive communication on picks.So frustrating to watch...— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) January 22, 2017
Credit to LSU for coming back, but it's pretty blatant there's 0 defensive communication on picks.So frustrating to watch...
LSU basketball: Recap, box score of 99-86 loss at Arkansas https://t.co/iH1LTXuST2— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) January 22, 2017
LSU basketball: Recap, box score of 99-86 loss at Arkansas https://t.co/iH1LTXuST2
For $6 more you can upgrade and get a seat on the LSU bench. https://t.co/y2WkGxtpVL— Ron Higgins (@RonHigg) January 23, 2017
For $6 more you can upgrade and get a seat on the LSU bench. https://t.co/y2WkGxtpVL
Because I'm a little crazy, I'm considering going to Baton Rouge Wed night to cheer on @GatorsMBK. Found some cheap tickets though @RonHigg pic.twitter.com/wJv2DBLL5R— Heather Head (@headreb96) January 22, 2017
Because I'm a little crazy, I'm considering going to Baton Rouge Wed night to cheer on @GatorsMBK. Found some cheap tickets though @RonHigg pic.twitter.com/wJv2DBLL5R
LSU basketball suffers another embarrassing defeat in blowout loss to Florida https://t.co/R0jjFnCYxR— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) January 26, 2017
LSU basketball suffers another embarrassing defeat in blowout loss to Florida https://t.co/R0jjFnCYxR
BATON ROUGE, La. — There’s no other way to write it. The LSU basketball team just got pounded.The No. 25 Florida Gators routed LSU Wednesday night, crushing the Tigers 106-71. With the loss, LSU falls to 1-7 in SEC play and 9-10 on the season, making LSU one of the three teams in the SEC with a sub-.500 record.“Zero. No positives. No positives from this game,” LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones said after the game. “The only thing positive is that somebody came to watch us play tonight.”The loss was the worst home loss LSU has ever suffered to an SEC opponent, topping the Tigers’ 32-point loss to Kentucky on Jan. 16, 1996.“I’m extremely disappointed in our performance tonight across the board,” Johnny Jones said. “From the coaching to the players, you name it. We certainly owe our fans an apology tonight. We did not represent those letters or those colors in the fashion that I think we’ve grown proud to represent night in and night out.”
Cold second half dooms Mizzou in loss at Mississippi State https://t.co/RABi2hJtww via @stltoday— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 26, 2017
Cold second half dooms Mizzou in loss at Mississippi State https://t.co/RABi2hJtww via @stltoday
STARKVILLE, Miss. • For one half, Missouri had a hot hand on the road battling for its first SEC win in over a year.Then the Tigers got cold and the Bulldogs got hot.Tigers lost their 11th game in a row and 30th in a row on the road. It was also their 12th SEC loss in a row.While Mizzou (5-14, 0-7) shot a respectable 46 percent from the field, it hit 62 percent in the first half.“It was a tale of two halves,” MU coach Kim Anderson said. “I thought we did a nice job game planning in the first half and limiting them. Peters and Weatherspoon took over in the second half and we had no answer.”Tigers will look to end their losing skid as they head back to Columbia to take on No. 23 South Carolina at home.
Anderson on 93-54 loss at Florida: "It was kind of like getting hit by a train": https://t.co/1HuH6STsIF— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) February 3, 2017
Anderson on 93-54 loss at Florida: "It was kind of like getting hit by a train": https://t.co/1HuH6STsIF
Georgia is the king of near-misses this season. https://t.co/vLYtoLZuRQ— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 4, 2017
Georgia is the king of near-misses this season. https://t.co/vLYtoLZuRQ
Texas A&M tops LSU in Baton Rouge, will play back at Reed Arena Wednesday against Missouri #12thMan #AggieHoops pic.twitter.com/vQrDyStvjz— Aggie Men's Hoops (@AggieMensHoops) February 5, 2017
Texas A&M tops LSU in Baton Rouge, will play back at Reed Arena Wednesday against Missouri #12thMan #AggieHoops pic.twitter.com/vQrDyStvjz
Johnny Jones by a mile. By several miles. https://t.co/rNDlNp0S35— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 8, 2017
Johnny Jones by a mile. By several miles. https://t.co/rNDlNp0S35
What Johnny Jones said after LSU basketballâ€™s loss to Kentucky https://t.co/4Yy2HHz3SH— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) February 8, 2017
What Johnny Jones said after LSU basketballâ€™s loss to Kentucky https://t.co/4Yy2HHz3SH
LSU basketball team played No. 15 Kentucky closer than anyone would’ve expected, finishing within 10 points.LSU coach Johnny Jones was positive about how his team performed, but seemed to understand the task in front of it. Losers of 10 in a row now, there’s little time for moral victories.“I knew it would be an extremely tough game for us. The setback Kentucky was coming off of, there from Florida, we knew they would come in and be focused. That they were. I thought they played a really good first half of basketball. I thought our guys did a good job of remaining focused and continuing to battle to the bitter end there and at least continue to fight and battle, unfortunately we couldn’t overcome the first half deficit there enough to get a victory here in Rupp Arena tonight.”
“Is there a chance Mike Anderson does not come back to coach this team next year? As of (today), yes, there is a chance. It is a small chance. In two more weeks, depending on what happens, that chance could grow or it could shrink.”
LSU basketball: Tigers blow huge lead, lose 11th straight game https://t.co/OOq4qYkIg5— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) February 12, 2017
LSU basketball: Tigers blow huge lead, lose 11th straight game https://t.co/OOq4qYkIg5
LSU’s (9-15, 1-11 SEC) 11th-straight loss pushed the Tigers into sole possession of last place in SEC.LSU led by as many as 14 points midway through the first half. Arkansas turned around and led by as many as 12 points in the second half.Arkansas shot 37 percent in the first half and 53.8 percent in the second half. The Tigers went from dominated the free-throw line in the first half to barely getting to it in the second half.And it cost Johnny Jones[’ squad] big time.
Is Mark Fox doing too much subbing and tinkering with Georgiaâ€™s lineup? https://t.co/Gn0tWPUF5H— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) February 15, 2017
Is Mark Fox doing too much subbing and tinkering with Georgiaâ€™s lineup? https://t.co/Gn0tWPUF5H
ATHENS – Georgia was losing to what appeared to be an inferior team. Its offense was sloppy, and lacked any rhythm. And Mark Fox laid part of the blame at himself.“I was running too many guys in and out,” Mark Fox said, with a bit of disgust. “I mean, I contributed to it. I played too many guys. We just had no rhythm offensively.”It’s easier for a coach to admit such a thing after a win...Here’s the thing about Fox and the Bulldogs: They still haven’t figured themselves out. Fox is still tinkering with lineups and making multiple starting changes. It’s mid-February, but the Bulldogs are shuffling players like it’s November... All the tinkering has impacted Georgia’s rhythm, especially in the half-court offense...
“We just didn’t make the plays we needed to when we got behind,” Anderson said.
In today's P-D, @gordoszone writes, Job security a joke for college coaches https://t.co/9PmSLVxeYb via @stltoday— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 21, 2017
In today's P-D, @gordoszone writes, Job security a joke for college coaches https://t.co/9PmSLVxeYb via @stltoday
While top Division I teams get ready for postseason play, also-rans prepare to make expensive changes. Athletics directors marshal their buyout funds. Doomed coaches strap on their golden parachute and seek a soft landing.Upwardly mobile coaches jump schools for bigger money. Even the most entrenched coaches welcome outside overtures to keep those lucrative extensions and raises coming.This fiscal insanity is fueled by two market forces: the seven-digit NCAA Tournament incentives and the impatience of wealthy boosters bankrolling these programs.St. Louis University capitalized on the nuttiness by landing coach Travis Ford, who reached the postseason six times (five NCAA tourneys, one NIT) in eight years at Oklahoma State.Missouri should have many great candidates to choose from when athletics director Jim Sterk cashiers poor Kim Anderson.Every school wants to win every year, and that’s not mathematically possible. Somebody has to lose so, ultimately, many coaches must lose their jobs.North Carolina State has already fired Mark Gottfried.The current endangered list features Tom Crean (Indiana), Lorenzo Romar (Washington), John Groce (Illinois), Bruce Weber (Kansas State) and Mark Fox (Georgia).Fox has enjoyed moderate success with the Bulldogs, leading them to two NCAA tourneys and two NIT trips in his eight previous seasons. Fox entered this campaign with postseason hopes, but his team is stalled at 15-12 overall and 6-8 in the SEC with four games left.“So he goes to Florida, overtime, should have won the game,” Calipari told reporters after winning 82-77 at Georgia. “He comes to us ... should have won the game. I mean, we were lucky to win. Loses at Texas A&M because the clock stalled. The clock stalled! That’s why he loses the game.“But he keeps his team together. That’s coaching. Not when things are going good. It’s when things go south and you lose a bunch in a row, how do you get them and go?”Descending coaches will get a $100 haircut and seek analyst work with the scores of networks televising games.The machinery will grind on. Millions of dollars will change hands. And some of the outcomes will be as mystifying as the games themselves.
Towersâ€™ Take: Nothing easy about the Mark Fox equation https://t.co/ajOk9YoZ4c— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) February 20, 2017
Towersâ€™ Take: Nothing easy about the Mark Fox equation https://t.co/ajOk9YoZ4c
Unless something miraculous happens over these last four games and the SEC Tournament, the Bulldogs are going to miss the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in Fox’s eight seasons as head coach. Not good.But I enumerate all that not necessarily to make a case that Georgia needs a head coaching change. This situation is way more complicated than that.As I’ve pointed out many times, Fox is the only coach in UGA history to lead the program to three consecutive 20-win seasons. He’s had four seasons of 20 or more victories, which ties the number Hall of Famer Hugh Durham logged in 17. His teams have won 43 SEC games from 2013-16, the winningest four-year conference stretch in school annals.So when people were asking me Sunday what I thought about the Fox equation, I tended to ask them back, “Well, what do you think?”And the answers tended to vary along the lines of age and perspective. In other words, those who were older and have been around a while and watched a lot of Georgia basketball over the years tended to side with keeping Fox. They know all too well how quickly these 20-win seasons can become 15- and 12- and 10-win seasons.Younger fans, or those who view basketball merely as a momentary distraction from football, tend to say “fire him and start over. I’m tired of not making the tournament.”But that’s the other part of the equation here. Administrators always have to take into consideration whom do you get to succeed. Now I’m not about to throw out any names, but it appears that both LSU and Missouri could be in the market after the season. Regionally, NC State already is and, nationally, Indiana could be. There will be competition on that front, too.And everybody heard Kentucky coach John Calipari’s rant singing Fox’s praises. That’s the refrain you’ll hear throughout coaching and in the broadcast industry. Everybody recognizes Fox as a good coach who does things the right way, graduates players and fields competitive teams. If it were as simple as fulfilling the college mission, we wouldn’t even be having a conversation regarding Fox.But it’s not.
LSU basketball: Tigers lose close, set school record for consecutive losses https://t.co/l2eKqQ9Q2n— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) February 26, 2017
LSU basketball: Tigers lose close, set school record for consecutive losses https://t.co/l2eKqQ9Q2n
Missouri's last home game of the 2016-17 season was entirely forgettable. The Tigers snoozed through a 60-43 loss to Texas A&M on Tuesday night, leaving the collection of fans that showed up with an unfulfilling send off into the offseason.“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that probably set the game of basketball back a long time,” Kim Anderson said somberly after the game. “Certainly a disappointing performance.”It was a bizarre night at Mizzou Arena. Only a smattering of fans were on hand to see off Russell Woods and Trevor Glassman for the senior night festivities before the game. Glassman, getting his first start with Missouri (7-22, 2-15), was the most active player out of the gate...“I didn’t like the way we started the game,” Anderson said. “I liked the way Trevor started the game. I thought Trevor was active, had good hands. I just didn’t like the way we looked once the game started. It reflected our performance.”Tuesday was Missouri's lowest-scoring and worst-shooting performance ever at Mizzou Arena. Missouri’s 43 points were its fewest at home since the shot clock was installed in 1985. “These kids from Missouri have been fighting hard all year long and they've been in every game,” Texas A&M Coach Billy Kennedy said. “At some point, you gotta win a game to sustain that kind of effort. We were fortunate. When we came in here we started to make some shots. That gave us confidence. I thought it just made it hard for them to fight through the adversity.”Anderson said he didn’t see the lethargy coming.“It did remind me of the North Carolina Central game. It was kind of a contagious thing,” he said. “I probably just better leave it at that.”
Mark Fox will return to Georgia next year, McGarity indicates https://t.co/0WYyDJUJuF— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) March 7, 2017
Mark Fox will return to Georgia next year, McGarity indicates https://t.co/0WYyDJUJuF
“In response to the report by Yahoo Sports, we are NOT in the process of exploring our options to replace Mark Fox. We look forward to Mark leading our program next year and all of our efforts are centered on postseason play,” McGarity said. “It’s unfortunate we need to respond at this time, but it was necessary to quiet these unfounded rumors.”Fox is wrapping up his eighth season at Georgia, and has three years remaining on his contract. He would be owed $1.7 million if fired after this season.
Georgia players were personally assured that Mark Foxâ€™s job is safe https://t.co/Dj0Ki26MiC— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) March 8, 2017
Georgia players were personally assured that Mark Foxâ€™s job is safe https://t.co/Dj0Ki26MiC
FINAL: Vanderbilt 66, Texas A&M 41Aaaaaaand itâ€™s now official: The Ags will not be returning to the Dance in 2017. pic.twitter.com/MYaGuu75uZ— TexAgs (@TexAgs) March 10, 2017
FINAL: Vanderbilt 66, Texas A&M 41Aaaaaaand itâ€™s now official: The Ags will not be returning to the Dance in 2017. pic.twitter.com/MYaGuu75uZ
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy revisits blowout loss to Vanderbilt: â€˜We couldnâ€™t scoreâ€™ https://t.co/WwIjh0lm6F— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) March 10, 2017
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy revisits blowout loss to Vanderbilt: â€˜We couldnâ€™t scoreâ€™ https://t.co/WwIjh0lm6F
&M didn’t put up much resistance.Vanderbilt dusted aside the Aggies 66-41 in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday night in Nashville. Texas A&M only trailed by three points at halftime, but the Commodores outscored the Aggies 43-21 in the second half to cruise to the easy victory. Texas A&M closes the season with a 16-15 record.Afterward, Aggies coach Billy Kennedy spoke about the result. Here are a few highlights of what he said, courtesy of ASAP Sports.Opening statement: “You could tell that Vanderbilt aggressiveness in trapping in the post gave us problems offensively. They looked like they — they played like a veteran team. We just couldn’t score. We played good defense the first half and really struggled scoring. We had three guys score 38 points and then we had 3 points from the rest of the team. Kind of like our Kentucky game, we had four guys score I think 60 points and the rest of the team scored 3. It’s hard to win games when you don’t get production throughout your roster offensively and defensively.”On offensive struggles: “We couldn’t score..."
Bruce Pearl: â€˜If you want to put my ass on a hot seat, Iâ€™m not going thereâ€™ https://t.co/XwLCQmD3kj— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) March 10, 2017
Bruce Pearl: â€˜If you want to put my ass on a hot seat, Iâ€™m not going thereâ€™ https://t.co/XwLCQmD3kj
As disappointing season ends, Mark Fox and Georgia look ahead https://t.co/QsOOEA5M3P— Michael Carvell (@Michael_Carvell) March 16, 2017
As disappointing season ends, Mark Fox and Georgia look ahead https://t.co/QsOOEA5M3P