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May 11, 2007
Which hoops coaches survived the hot seat?
• Who will fill the holes?
• Who's best off the bench
• Jim Boeheim's crusade
• Hiring Report Card
• Updated Preseason Top 25
We have reason to be proud of many of our preseason picks.
There are a few we're not thrilled with, and a couple we missed badly.
Our list of the top 10 coaches on the hot seat heading into last season holds up well under further scrutiny.
Five of our selections were either fired or resigned under pressure. Four of those have landed head coaching jobs of lesser stature, and one remains unemployed.
That's not to say we didn't have some misses.
South Carolina's Dave Odom, who landed at No. 9 on our list, was rewarded with a two-year contract extension during the middle of a 14-16 season in 2006-07. Obviously, Odom's job security wasn't nearly as fragile as we thought.
Then there's Arkansas' Stan Heath, who was apparently under a lot more pressure than we believed. Heath, who was not on the list, was fired despite reaching a second consecutive NCAA Tournament.
Here's a look at how the 10 coaches on the list fared:
Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.