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Craig Robinson of the Oregon State Beavers and Ken Bone of the Washington State Cougars are both in danger, with Ben Howland of the UCLA Bruins right along with them.
So Kevin O'Neil is already gone, but do you think any other Pac-12 coach is in danger of losing their job this season, or after the season?
Norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: I have no knowledge of Oregon State's finances and hypothetical commitment to basketball, but I have to believe that Craig Robinson isn't entirely secure. He's now in his 5th year in charge, and only one of those seasons looks particularly successful. I'll grant that OSU was bad enough when he started that he shouldn't be judged for his record at the beginning of his tenure. But this year's team is entirely his own creation and they are sitting in last place.
Worse, in my mind, is his scheduling philosophy. OSU's non-conference schedules have been so incredibly weak that they have virtually precluded any NCAA tournament appearances regardless of how good the Beavers actually are. Kenpom ranks OSU's non-conference strength of schedule this year at 337th in the nation. It's no wonder the Beavers weren't well prepared for the Pac-12 this year.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I think both with survive the year, but I think Craig Robinson and Ken Bone really have to be on thin ice. Both schools don't have sky high expectations, but neither has really shown that they can get their program out of the basement of the conference even in down years for the Pac-12.
Adam Butler, Pac Hoops: I said it last week but it still would not surprise me to see a new man in Westwood based on the simple fact that it'd be best for both parties. I could very well be wrong but I think everyone could go in a different direction there. Beyond that, I really don't see anyone losing their job this year. Ken Bone's seat is warming but after the money they doled out for The Pirate and the not-so-immediate returns, I'd imagine we see them step off the spending pedal for a bit.
Shotgun Spratling, Conquest Chronicles: Is Barack Obama pulling some behind-the-scenes deals to keep his brother-in-law's job? Oregon State is a combined 29-54 in Pac-10/12 play under Robinson and even with his cupcake non-conference scheduling, the Beavers only winning season with Robinson was last year. Unless Obama is doing something, he should expect Robinson to be the jobless brother-in-law that will be sleeping on the couch at the White House "just until he gets back on his feet." Ben Howland may also want to keep an eye on the classifieds section, especially if the Bruins can't win a tournament game.
Parker Baruh, Ralphie Report: There is no reason Craig Robinson should be back after this season. The Beavers have never been successful under Robinson despite having enough talent to do so. They've also had easy non-conference schedules year after year, something that certainly hasn't prepared them for conference play as Shotgun pointed out above with their combined 29-54 record in the Pac-10/12 under Robinson.