These coaches are feeling the heat

These coaches are feeling the heat

College football writer Matt Daniels offers up a glance at some coaches across the country who might want to pad their resume if the 2014 season doesn't treat them kindly.

On the hot seat ...
Mike London. Virginia coach is only 18-31 during time in Charlottesville, and Cavaliers didn’t win a conference game last year.

His seat may get warmer ... Paul Johnson. Seventh-year Georgia Tech coach is proud of his triple option offense, but probably not his 28-25 record last four seasons.  

On the hot seat ...
Bill Blankenship. Riding high after an 11-3 mark and Liberty Bowl win in 2012, fourth-year Tulsa coach brought back to reality after 3-9 season last year.

His seat may get warmer ... Justin Fuente. Never easy to win football games in Leron Black’s hometown, Memphis coach takes 7-17 record into his third season.

Big Ten
On the hot seat ...
Bo Pelini. Sure, six bowl trips in first six seasons should keep a coach’s job safe. But Cornhuskers want to play for national championships. Which hasn’t happened since 2001.

His seat may get warmer ... Tim Beckman. Anything less than a .500 season will bring out the naysayers who are already unhappy with the 6-18 mark, including 1-15 in the Big Ten, Illinois coach has compiled in his first two seasons.

Big 12
On the hot seat ...
Charlie Weis. Wins against West Virginia, Louisiana Tech, South Dakota and South Dakota State are the only ones Weis has in two seasons in Lawrence. Not exactly Bill Self numbers.

His seat may get warmer ... Dana Holgorsen. No bowl game this year after missing one in 2013 might signal abrupt departure from West Virginia for fourth-year coach.

Conference USA
On the hot seat ...
Ron Turner. The former Illinois coach will never have Florida International as the marquee attraction in Miami. But he needs to avoid another 1-11 season in 2014.

His seat may get warmer ... Sean Kugler. Second-year coach at UTEP went 2-10 last fall. Don’t expect his Miners to fare much better this year.

On the hot seat ...
Dan Enos. Central Michigan has churned out Brian Kelly and Butch Jones. Enos isn’t in the same ballpark as he takes a 19-30 record into his fifth season in Mt. Pleasant.

His seat may get warmer ... Terry Bowden. Zips went 5-7 in Bowden’s second season, but program won’t ever come close to what Bowden did at Auburn.  

Mountain West
On the hot seat ...
Norm Chow. Another example of prized offensive coordinator failing. Chow is 4-20 entering his third year at Hawaii.

His seat may get warmer ... Bob Davie. If he can’t get the job done at New Mexico (7-18 after two seasons) former Notre Dame boss should return to the TV booth.

On the hot seat ...
Kyle Whittingham. Hard to fathom Utah coach would find his way onto this list a few years ago. But back-to-back 5-7 seasons will do that.

His may get warmer ... Mike Leach. Washington State coach has riled up opposing coaches with his pass-happy offense, but they don’t exactly fear the Cougars, who are 9-16 under Leach’s direction.

On the hot seat ...
Will Muschamp. Fourth-year coach won’t survive back-to-back losing seasons at Florida, which hasn’t happened since 1978-79.

His seat may get warmer ... Bret Bielema. Wonder if the Arkansas coach misses Wisconsin after Razorbacks went 3-9 during Bielema’s first year on the sidelines.

Sun Belt
On the hot seat ...
Larry Blakeney. Second-longest tenured FBS coach (24 seasons) has guided Troy to 14-22 record last three seasons, all of which ended without a bowl game.

His seat may get warmer ... Todd Berry. Former Illinois State coach has subpar 23-26 record heading into his fifth season at Louisiana-Monroe.

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Gocougs99 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Seriously, you threw Leach's name on a hot seat list?  Did you just put PAC 12 coaches names on the wall and throw darts?   We really appricaiate the Mid-West input.   Do you even know where pullman is? 

Good call on that one since Leach won more games in 2 years than the last staff did in 4, took the team to a bowl game for the first time in 10 years, beat USC for the first time in a decade, and took Auburn to the final minutes losing by 7 points.  Leach had his contract extended through 2018 and helped facilitate the builing of a 65 million dollar football only faciltiy that just opened last week.   Maybe he should not move his stuff in quite yet is what you are saying?



kingcoug56 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Wow...interesting.. Mike Leach? After taking the cougs back to a bowl game in 10 years by his second year...

And getting a contract extension? Sure sounds like his seat can get warm..




Andspd1980 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Mike Leach?  Seriously?  That shows just how little you know about college football. Maybe if you do some research and put some effort into your articles you can strive to move on to a bigger, better newspaper.  Mike Leach is going nowhere anytime soon (as evidence of his extension he also just signed).