Coaches on hot seat heading into tourneys

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Mark Fox might need an improbable run through the Southeastern Conference tournament to save his coaching job.

He's hardly alone on the college basketball hot seat.

From Georgia's Fox to Pittsburgh's Kevin Stallings to UConn's Kevin Ollie, numerous coaches went into conference tournaments knowing their jobs could be in jeopardy without a few more wins.

Excluding employment decisions that might be affected by myriad off-the-court issues, such as Auburn (Bruce Pearl) and Arizona (Sean Miller), here are some schools that might soon be looking for a new coach, if they haven't already started the process:

• GEORGIA: In a year where Kentucky and Florida ceded their dominance at the top of the Southeastern Conference standings, the Bulldogs squandered an opportunity for a breakthrough.

It could mark the end of Fox's nine-year tenure , which has featured only two NCAA Tournament appearances (both of which were one-and-done).

While hardly a traditional powerhouse, Georgia certainly expected better from a team that featured Associated Press SEC player of the year Yante Maten. The Bulldogs are just 16-14 (7-11 SEC) heading into Wednesday's first-round matchup against Vanderbilt in the conference tournament.

After weather issues delayed his team's arrival in St. Louis by four hours, Fox said on a hastily assembled teleconference that there have been no discussions with athletic director Greg McGarity about his job status.

"I have not been told that we have to win a certain number of games to advance through the tournament," Fox said. "I'd really like this tournament, like every game we've played the last nine years, to be about our team and these kids and trying to find them some success. It should not be about the coach."

Ten years ago, in an SEC tournament remembered for a tornado striking the Georgia Dome, the Bulldogs pulled off a stunningtriumph after finishing last during the regular season. That performance momentarily saved Dennis Felton's job.

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