College Football 2014: Top 10 Coaches On The Hot Seat
Top 10 College Football Coaches On Hot Seat
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With the 2014 college football season right around the corner, let’s take a look at some of the coaches who are on the hot seat. It’s a tough world out there and if these coaches can’t turn things around this season, they’ll likely be without a job.
Will Muschamp, Florida Gators – Florida finished last season with seven straight losses, missed a bowl game for the first time in forever and lost to teams such as Georgia Southern. Who? There’s simply way too much talent on the Gators roster for them to underachieve that much. Muschamp must have a winning record this season or he’s gone.
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Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia Mountaineers - Dana Holgorsen is another coach who underachieved last season, as he finished 4-8 last year. The Mountaineers are 6-14 in their last 20 games and that’s not a great impression you want to give to your Big 12 peers. Holgorsen needs to find that magic touch once again and start leading West Virginia to some victories. Otherwise, the Mountaineers will be forced to make a coaching change.
Mike London, Virginia Cavaliers – Nobody expects the Virginia Cavaliers to make a real run at an ACC title, but they do recruit well enough not to finish the season with a 2-10 record. Virginia is just 6-18 in its last two seasons under head coach Mike London and its reached just one bowl game in his four seasons overall. Virginia has a tough schedule this season but London has to prove he’s capable of getting this program on track.
Charlie Weis, Kansas Jayhawks - Charlie Weis is just 4-20 in his first two seasons with the Kansas Jayhawks. About the only thing keeping Weis employed at the moment is the fact Kansas is a basketball school and can afford to give a little leeway on the football field. However, even Kansas has its limits and shouldn’t hesitate to fire Weis if he wins less than four games this season.
Tim Beckman, Illinois Fighting Illini - Tim Beckman is 6-18 in two seasons with Illinois and finished a brutal 1-7 in Big Ten play last season. Sure, it’s been a while since Illinois has been relevant in football, but the program has enough athletes to where it should be able to beat the bottom feeders in the conference. Beckman’s last chance is this season.
Kyle Flood, Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Kyle Flood wasn’t a great hire for Rutgers to begin with, as it was rushed when Greg Schiano decided to bolt for the NFL. Now, the Scarlet Knights are in the Big Ten and have to get off to a solid start to prove they’re not going to be pushovers. If Floyd can’t compete for a bowl game this season, he’ll likely be the newest Rutgers coach looking for another job.
Norm Chow, Hawaii Warriors – Hawaii will never be a college football powerhouse, but it is a program that reached a bowl game eight times in 1999. So, when Norm Chow is a brutal 4-20 in two seasons, it raises a few eyebrows. Hawaii won just one game last season and had a defense that allowed 38.8 points per game. Even Hawaii is better than that and Chow must string together a few more wins in order to keep his job.
Ron Turner, Florida International Golden Panthers – Florida International is another Florida school that is slowly starting to hold its own. With the move to the C-USA, it’s only a matter of time before the Golden Panthers begin to become a respectable college football program. So, when Ron Turner is leading the team to 1-11, there’s a problem. FIU will begin next year with a new head coach if Turner doesn’t show a drastic improvement this season.
Bo Pelini, Nebraska Cornhuskers - While Bo Pelini has led the Cornhuskers to a bowl game in seven straight seasons, he has yet to take Nebraska to the next level. The Cornhuskers have kind of been stuck in mediocrity the last few years and haven’t been able to return to their glory days of the 80s and 90s. Of course, Pelini landed in hot water last season with off-the-field issues. You get the feeling Pelini is on a short leash despite his success.
Kevin Wilson, Indiana Hoosiers – Indiana hasn’t reached a bowl game since 2007 and has gone through many different coaches over the years. Kevin Wilson is 10-26 with the program and kind of underachieved last season. Indiana is showing signs of improving and has lost many close games, but it’s simply not good enough when coaches are judged by simply wins and losses. Wilson’s squad returns a ton of starters and the Hoosiers have to push for a bowl appearance if he’s going to keep his job.