Washington and Cal lose at Pac-12 Tournament, coaches could get fired
The other side of March is that while the good teams’ seasons will continue into the NCAA Tournament, the bad teams’ seasons come to an end and schools have to choose whether to retain or fire coaches.
Stanford beat Utah to keep Jerod Haase’s season and tenure alive for one more day. Meanwhile, though, California got whacked by Washington State and Washington lost to Colorado.
Coaching industry insiders think Cal coach Mark Fox is a goner and that his firing is imminent in Berkeley. Cal won just three games this season, and the program has gone nowhere under his leadership. Hopkins could be a much tougher situation to read in Seattle, because Washington spent a lot of money to retain football assistant coaches. The internal administrative will to make a change might not be there, given the costs associated with firing one coach and hiring a new quality coach in his place.
The basketball coaching carousel is spinning a lot, with jobs opening across the country. It will be a fascinating time in the Pac-12.
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