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2013 College Football Head Coaches on the Hot Seat (Updated 10/13)

October 13th, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2013 College Football Head Coaches on the Hot Seat (Updated 10/13)
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Lane Kiffin USCWe are just two weeks into the college football season, and it is very clear that some of the coaches that were on the hot seat are once again really in some deep trouble when push comes to shove. Join us today at Bankroll Sports as we look at our college football coaches on the hot seat in 2013.

FIRED Lane Kiffin, USC Trojans – Kiffin’s days were numbered before this season ever started. It really is clear that this is a man that shouldn’t be leading a major college football program. It wasn’t Kiffin’s fault that he was handcuffed by scholarship limitations the entire time that he was at USC, but the bottom line is that his 65 guys should be more talented than the 85 guys on the other side of the field more often than not. Expectations were higher than what ever could have reasonably been expected, and they eventually blew up in USC’s face with Kiffin being shown the door.

FIRED Don Treadwell, Miami (OH) Redhawks – We really didn’t see this one coming. The Redhawks have been bad for quite some time, but they were epically bad at the start of this season. Something had to be changed, and what ended up happening was the dismissal of both the head coach and the offensive coordinator of the team. Has anything gotten better since Treadwell’s dismissal? Not really. The team is still one of the worst at the FBS level this year, and we know FCS teams that would scoff at how bad this unit really has turned out to be.

FIRED Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut Huskies – This UConn team might be the worst of all of the automatic qualifying schools in the entire country. Pasqualoni inherited a team that had just gone to the BCS and was at its height. There was no way that that expectation could have become the regular in Storrs, but at least staying competitive was a reasonable goal. That’s all that was asked of Pasqualoni, and he couldn’t even do that. This team was losing far too many games to teams like Towson, Buffalo, and South Florida to warrant anyone in this football program keeping their jobs.

Charlie Weis, Kansas Jayhawks – Weis is still very much so in some trouble this year, though at least he has some competitive games under his belt and an offense that looks like it is starting to get its act together. Still, a couple Big XII wins is the minimum expectation this year in Lawrence, and if not, expect this team to fire its third coach in the last five years.

Ron English, Eastern Michigan Eagles – English knows that his days in Ypsilanti are numbered. Eastern Michigan just never got better during his tenure, and time is out to prove that he is really the man to lead this team to the next level. Forget about a bowl game and forget about the idea that this could be a competitive team in the MAC. No competitiveness will surely send him out the door in the first week of December at the latest.

Mack Brown, Texas Longhorns – Is Brown going to be asked to step down at the end of the season? Almost certainly. We just don’t see how the regents in Austin are going to tolerate any more mediocrity out of Brown. However, this is a man that did just upset Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, and getting that Gatorade bath might be the last great memory that we have of him as a coach. Just the thought of perhaps bringing in Nick Saban to coach this team in 2014 is enough to want to get Brown out the door as soon as possible.

Norm Chow, Hawaii Warriors – Hawaii was atrocious last season, and what we are seeing is that the team is once again atrocious. This pro style offense is at least tolerable to watch, but the Warriors don’t have the talent to execute, especially in the trenches. This team is getting killed both along the OL and the DL, and Chow has no answers. At just 3-15 in two seasons with the Warriors, Chow is clearly in a lot of trouble.

2011 College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat

October 30th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in College Football   Comments Off on 2011 College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat
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We are starting to wind down the 2011 NCAA football schedule, but here at Bankroll Sports, we are starting to get concerned with a lot of head coaches on the hot seat. Check out the coaches that we think are in a heck of a lot of trouble if things don’t turn around for the rest of this season.

Mike Stoops – Arizona Wildcats: The Wildcats have already parted ways with Stoops after the team started off at 1-5 this season. Arizona had lost 10 straight games against FBS schools until it fired Stoops, and then it turned around the destroyed the UCLA Bruins in its next game. And that brings us to…

Rick Neuheisel – UCLA Bruins: Neuheisel should have already been fired this year to tell the total truth. His team was absolutely annihilated in that game against Arizona on national television, and there was an ugly skirmish that took place just before halftime as well. In fairness to Neuheisel, he hasn’t been able to keep a quarterback healthy for the past few seasons, but there is still no excuse. He came to Los Angeles vowing to put the Bruins back on the map and out of the shadows of the USC Trojans. The Men of Troy have been on probation these last two seasons, and UCLA is still irrelevant. The only way that Neuheisel ends up safe is by beating the Arizona State Sun Devils this coming week and getting into the Pac-12 Championship Game. Even then, we’re not totally sure.

Jeff Tedford – California Golden Bears: The Golden Bears were back on the map for awhile, but these last two seasons have been mighty frustrating. The team has never won more than 10 games in a year with Tedford calling the shots, and this is going to be the fifth season in his nine at the post in which this team has finished with a sub-.500 record in the Pac-12 (old Pac-10). Last year’s 5-7 seasons was brutal without a bowl game, the first time that that was the case since Tedford’s first year in 2002. Cal has two home games against Washington State and Oregon State over the next two weeks, and Tedford badly needs to win those two games and get this team back to a bowl game, or his days might be numbered in Berkeley.

Paul Wulff – Washington State Cougars: And the Pac-12 raid continues… Washington State hasn’t really had a good season in quite some time, and Wulff is about out of time to try to turn things around in Pullman. This team has lost four in a row, and without some momentum at the end of the season, we just don’t know if Wulff is going to survive. The Cougs have allowed 42 or more points four times this year and a whopping 21 times since 2008.

Mike Riley, Oregon State Beavers: We feel a bit bad for Riley, because he just doesn’t have the resources that Oregon does up the road in Eugene. His team went just 5-7 last year, and it is 2-6 this season, and things are clearly going in the wrong direction. The truth of the matter is that the Beavers really became relevant in the mid-2000s when they were finishing with nine or 10 wins virtually every year, but that time has come and gone. But, with USC, Stanford, and Oregon so dominating over the past few years, time is running out for basically all of the coaches in the Pac-12.

Houston Nutt – Ole Miss Rebels: Think that Nutt regrets that decision to leave Arkansas to go to Ole Miss? With the Hogs, he built a program that included three SEC West titles and eight Top 25 finishes. Now, he took over at Ole Miss and just was not able to rebuild after the wheels fell off for QB Jevan Snead in 2009. His team is going to miss a bowl game for a second straight year, and with a 1-15 record over two seasons in the SEC looming, the Rebels might be looking to make a change.

Neil Callaway – UAB Blazers: Coaching UAB has to be one of the most difficult jobs in the entire country. The school is tucked away in the middle of nowhere in Birmingham, and there is no way that it is ever going to be able to compete with Auburn and Alabama in recruiting. Since coming to the Blazers though, Callaway is only 16-44 without a bowl game, or a finish in the top half of the East Division in Conference USA. The time is clearly coming for UAB to head another direction.

Ron Zook – Illinois Fighting Illini: The thought was that the Zooker was off of the hot seat when he got the Illini off to a 6-0 start to this season and a Top 20 ranking in the country. However, after three straight losses, we’re just not all that sure. We tend to think that recruiting QB Nathan Scheelhaase will at least earn Zook one more season, but there is a point that this program really needs to improve. The only really notable season was the 9-4 Rose Bowl year in 2007. However, aside from that, Zook only has one other bowl bid, though we’re assuming that the Illini are going to go bowling this year even if they do only go 6-6.

Mark Richt – Georgia Bulldogs: Richt is really at best a fringe candidate to get fired at the end of this season, but if he survived the 0-2 start to this season, he has to be considered relatively safe right now. Richt scored a big, big win over the Florida Gators on Saturday, and that both ensured that the Bulldogs will be bowling and that Richt should be in good shape. If UGA ends up winning the SEC East this year, as it looks like it very much so could, we can’t see how it would fire its coach.