There are, within college basketball, some jobs that wouldn't be considered the most desirable posts. And yes, all college basketball jobs are challenging.
But certain jobs seem to possess more obstacles than the rest. It's always an achievement to earn the opportunity to coach one of the country's 351 Division I programs. But the problems seem to outweigh the positives at these jobs. These are the ones we'd consider "bad jobs."
Every night, if you're on staff at UNLV, you have to wonder what happens after your head hits the pillow. Young players around the country are subject to temptation that can lead to actions that cripple their careers and respective programs. But only one high-major program resides in a place where prostitution is legal and the blackjack tables operate 24/7. Sure, the flip side is that the city offers an appealing collection of diversions that have enticed top prospects for decades. Yet there are also plenty of reasons for parents to keep their children away from UNLV, too. And Dave Rice makes $700,000 -- modest compared to his peers throughout the country -- for his trouble.
Clemson is a football school. Basketball is not the priority. Never will be. Littlejohn Coliseum is a 10,000-seat arena, but the school's average attendance was 7,743, 61st nationally in 2012-13. Plus, Frank Martin's move to South Carolina has made recruiting within the region more competitive. The university just signed Brad Brownell to a six-year extension after the Tigers reached the NIT semifinals in March. He's 74-58 overall in four seasons at Clemson. The team hasn't earned an invite to the Big Dance since 2011, yet the program will reportedly owe Brownell between $3 million and $5 million if it fires him before his contract expires. That doesn't sound like a school that's committed to basketball as much as a university that just doesn't want to deal with any major changes in basketball anytime soon.
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