Pac-12 could undergo a coaching makeover next season

Just call the Pac-12 the "Land of the Hot-Seat Coaches" for next season.

With the coaching carousel all but stopped this offseason, it's time to look ahead to coaches who could be on that carousel next season. And, lo and behold, five of the 10 guys on our list of 10 major-conference coaches with reason to worry are from the Pac-12.

Here's a look at the guys facing the most heat, listed alphabetically.

Ken Bone, Washington State
2012-13 will be his:
Fourth season with the Cougars
Overall record: 57-46
NCAA appearances: 0
Buzz: Bone took each of his final two teams at Portland State to the NCAA tourney, but he hasn't been able to follow up on that success with Washington State. The Cougars have been to the NIT and CBI under Bone. Off-court problems also have dogged him. The Pac-12 was horrible this past season, but the Cougars still finished 7-11 in league play.

Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest
2012-13 will be his:
Third season with the Demon Deacons
Overall record: 21-42
NCAA appearances: 0
Buzz: His hiring was criticized, and so far, his critics look as if they knew what they were talking about. While Bzdelik is a former NBA coach and good with the Xs and Os, it hasn't translated to success at Wake. He runs a deliberate (some would say boring) offense and has had five consecutive losing records as a college head coach (he spent three seasons at Colorado before moving East). Given how important basketball is at Wake, if the Demon Deacons struggle again next season and neighbors Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State all make the NCAA tourney again, Bzdelik could be shown the door after three seasons.

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Bill Carmody, Northwestern
2012-13 will be his:
13th season with the Wildcats
Overall record: 179-189
NCAA appearances: 0
Buzz: Northwestern famously is the only Big Six conference school never to have made the NCAA tourney; the Wildcats have made four consecutive NIT appearances, but they always seem to fall short when they need a win or two to nab that elusive NCAA bid. Before Carmody was hired at Northwestern, he spent four seasons as Princeton's coach. He took the Tigers to the NCAAs in each of his first two seasons but hasn't been back since.

Travis Ford, Oklahoma State
2012-13 will be his:
Fifth season with the Cowboys
Overall record: 80-54
NCAA appearances: 2
Buzz: The Cowboys' record has gotten worse each season of Ford's tenure. They won 23 games in his first season, but the wins total has dropped since: to 22, 20 and 13 this past season. He guided the Cowboys to the NCAA tourney in each of his first two seasons, but Oklahoma State is a combined eight games under .500 in Big 12 play in the past two seasons. Given the success the football team is having at the school, which has more history in basketball than football, Ford likely already is feeling the pressure to get back to the NCAAs next season.

Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech
2012-13 will be his:
Ninth season with the Hokies
Overall record: 167-117
NCAA appearances: 1
Buzz: Virginia Tech isn't a school with a bunch of basketball history (eight appearances total). Perhaps that lack of history is a reason Greenberg can't get the Hokies over the hump. He guided them to the NCAAs in his third season but otherwise has had to settle for five NIT bids. The Hokies didn't go anywhere this past season, when they finished 15-16 overall and 4-12 in the ACC. Greenberg has been a fixture for reporters on "Selection Sunday" looking for a quote from a coach whose team didn't make it. Truth be told, that's not necessarily a good thing.

Ben Howland, UCLA
2012-13 will be his:
10th season with the Bruins
Overall record: 205-96
NCAA appearances: 6
Buzz: Howland has done a lot of winning at UCLA; he has guided the Bruins to three Final Fours, including a runner-up finish in 2006. But the Bruins have missed out on the NCAA fun in two of the past three seasons. In addition, there have been media reports saying he has lost control of the program. If UCLA misses out on the NCAAs again next season, it's hard to see him keeping his job. Then again, Howland likely will be the only coach on this list whose team opens the season in the top 10. He has a big-time recruiting class, and freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson will be expected to lead the Bruins back into the NCAA tourney. Both are considered one-and-done guys, but signing them proves Howland and UCLA still are a big deal on the recruiting trail.

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Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss
2012-13 will be his:
Seventh season with the Rebels
Overall record: 125-77
NCAA appearances: 0
Buzz: Kennedy's squad has been an NIT fixture in his tenure in Oxford, making that field five times. At some point, though, he needs to get into the NCAAs – as in next season. It's hard to see Ole Miss keeping him around much longer without an NCAA appearance. While the Rebels haven't underachieved as much as archrival Mississippi State of late, you still can make the case that Ole Miss hasn't lived up to its potential in the past few seasons.

Kevin O'Neill, USC
2012-13 will be his:
Fourth season with the Trojans
Overall record: 41-55
NCAA appearances: 1
Buzz: He guided the Trojans to a surprise NCAA appearance in 2011, but this past season's team was one of the worst in school history, finishing 6-26 overall and 1-17 in the Pac-12. Winning one game in the Pac-12 is almost inexcusable, considering the overall weakness of the league. USC did have a number of injury issues, though, and that likely saved O'Neill. But there can be no excuses next season. USC is heavily defense-oriented, and that style certainly doesn't appeal to fans when the Trojans are losing.

Craig Robinson, Oregon State
2012-13 will be his:
Fifth season with the Beavers
Overall record: 61-70
NCAA appearances: 0
Buzz: Robinson is best-known for being President Obama's brother-in-law. As for basketball, just call him "Mr. CBI." He has taken his team to the CBI in three of the event's four seasons. And trust us: Being known as "Mr. CBI" is not a good thing. His team play an up-tempo style of basketball, but defense hasn't been a Beavers strong suit. He is 18 games under .500 in Pac-12 play, which may be the strongest indictment against him. His best player, high-scoring guard Jared Cunningham, has announced he is turning pro, so next season could be a tough one.

Herb Sendek, Arizona State
2012-13 will be his:
Seventh season with the Sun Devils
Overall record: 98-95
NCAA appearances: 1
Buzz: Sendek enjoyed a nice run at North Carolina State, taking the Wolfpack to five consecutive NCAA tourneys before deciding to move on to the Sun Devils. He led ASU to the NCAA tourney in 2008-09, but the program has seen a steady decline since. The Sun Devils won 25 games that season, but the total has dropped to 22, 12 and 10 in the past three seasons. Arizona State is a combined 16 games under .500 in Pac-12 play the past two seasons, two seasons in which the league wasn't exactly filled with great teams. He prefers a deliberate offense, and as with USC's O'Neill, it's not necessarily an enjoyable style to watch when the team is losing.

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