The Big East is down, which bodes well for a few guys who need to win this season and there are plenty. In fact, there are four Big East coaches who have to get something done this season or they could be history. Jeff Goodman gives you an early look of those coaches who need to crank up the air conditioning in their cars because it's getting a little hot.
Greg McDermott, Iowa State
He's got a long-term deal, but the former Northern Iowa head man still needs to put up a winning season, especially with the return of star Craig Brackins. In three seasons, he's finished seventh, 11th and 10th in the Big 12.
Bobby Gonzalez, Seton Hall
Gonzo was on his best behavior last season, but he's been unable to get the program into the postseason in his three years at the helm. The Pirates have finished no higher than 11th in his reign, but this could be the year they break through with the addition of talented, yet enigmatic transfers Herb Pope and Keon Lawrence.
Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech
Hewitt led the Yellow Jackets to the national title game back in 2004 but has gotten past the first round of the Big Dance just once in the past five years and finished in last place in the ACC last season with a 2-14 mark.
Jeff Lebo, Auburn
After three consecutive seasons of missing out on the postseason and racking up a 19-45 conference record, Lebo led the Tigers to a 24-win campaign and an NIT berth. However, he'll still have to make certain that Auburn doesn't go back toward the bottom of the SEC.
Fred Hill, Rutgers
Hill has lost nearly twice as many games as he's won in his three years since getting the gig. He's added some talent with guys like Gregory Echenique and Mike Rosario, but they will need to make a move this season after a 2-16 league mark last year.
Pat Kennedy, Towson
It was somewhat surprising the former Florida State and DePaul coach made it through the offseason. He's 40 games under the .500 mark in his five seasons leading the Tigers program.
Matt Doherty, SMU
Things haven't exactly worked out well since he was forced out of Chapel Hill. Doherty needs to win this season after a 46-74 mark in four seasons including a 9-21 campaign and a last-place finish in C-USA last season.
Dereck Whittenburg, Fordham
The Rams coach has virtually nothing going for him these days. He lost his second-best player, Mike Moore, and his best player, Jio Fontan, is leaving despite the school's flat-out refusal to release him. Fordham finished 12th in the A-10 two years ago and was 3-25 overall and 1-15 in league play last season.
Ernie Kent, Oregon
It seems as though Kent has been on the hot seat forever and he probably would have been history this past offseason if Mark Few had agreed to take the job. The Ducks were just 8-23 last season and finished in the cellar of the Pac-10.
Norm Roberts, St. John's
Roberts is one of the best guys around, but he has yet to crack the top 10 in the Big East in his five years at the helm. The Red Storm are 21 games under .500 in his tenure and don't appear to have a legitimate shot at signing local standout Lance Stephenson.
Sidney Lowe, N.C. State
It's one of those "be careful what you wish for" deals. Wolfpack fans ran Herb Sendek out of Raleigh despite five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Lowe is 51-46 in his three seasons without an NCAA tournament bid and this is a make-or-break year.
Jerry Wainwright, DePaul
The Blue Demons didn't win a single Big East game this past season and are 49-72 in his four seasons since taking over the program. Wainwright, who had success at UNC Wilmington and Richmond prior to his arrival in 2005, revamped his entire staff with a collection of Chicago guys this past offseason, but it may be too late to turn things around.