College Football 2016: Top 10 Head Coaches On Hot Seat
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The approaching 2016 college football season brings excitement to every fan across the country, but it’s not fun and games for everybody involved. There are coaches entering the season on the hot seat and have to get off to a fast start in order to keep their job. Every year we see a handful of coaches fired and that's not going to change as long as there are unsuccessful seasons and failed expectations.
So, here are 10 college football coaches who enter 2016 on the verge of getting fired.
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Gus Malzahn, Auburn - Gus Malzahn was once the man in Auburn when he led the Tigers to a championship appearance in his first season. That 2013 season feels like forever ago, as Malzahn and the Tigers are a combined 15-11 the last two years. This feels awfully like the Gene Chizik situation when he was fired two years after winning the national championship. Malzahn better have a successful season or it could get ugly.
Charlie Strong, Texas - People around the Texas program weren’t thrilled with the hire of Charlie Strong to begin with. Now, after an 11-14 record his first two seasons, they have actual reasons to want him gone. Boosters and fans believe that Texas can get bigger and better, and something about Strong just rubs them the wrong way. Upset wins last year over Oklahoma and Baylor likely bought Strong another season, but it better be a charm that third year or the Longhorns will be looking for another head coach.
Les Miles, LSU - Many thought Les Miles was fired last season, which is why he was carried off the field by his players and gave an emotion press conference. The only reason Miles wasn’t fired was because LSU has to lockdown a ridiculous recruiting class and kind of keep the bad PR off its back. There’s no reason to fire a coach who has a career winning percentage of 72.5 percent. However, LSU is starting to panic after watching Alabama win the SEC nearly every season. The Tigers have a great team and are national championship contenders this season. If expectations aren’t met, we could see dejavu in Baton Rouge.
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia - West Virginia’s expectations changed with the move to the Big 12. So, when Dana Holgorsen coaches the Mountaineers to a 15-11 record the last two years, people are starting to raise some eyebrows. West Virginia has the talent to compete in the loaded Big 12 and if Holgorsen can’t start putting more wins on the board in a hurry, the school will find somebody who can.
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt - Derek Mason is just 7-17 in two seasons with Vanderbilt, which includes a 2-14 record in the SEC. Mason did improve the defense drastically since he started calling the shots, but I’m sure the Commodores would like to see more victories in the standings. Vanderbilt is still considered an afterthought in the SEC, but it’s still a school in the SEC. If Mason can’t at least compete for a bowl spot this season, other coaches would be more than willing to replace him.
Darrell Hazell, Purdue - In three seasons with Purdue, Darrell Hazell has won just six games. Hazell is 2-22 against Big Ten competition and allowed 40 or more points seven times last season. Most coaches would have been shown the door by now, so Hazell has to make the most of this fourth opportunity. It’s been awhile since Purdue was relevant in college football and fans have to be getting impatient with the constant struggles. There will be a coaching change this season if Hazell can’t win at least five games.
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M - Without Johnny Manziel, the Texas A&M Aggies are a combined 16-10 and failed to finish in the AP Poll the last two seasons. We all know Sumlin is a good coach, but this is now the SEC Texas A&M is apart of. The leash is a short and if Sumlin can’t get things back on track quickly, there would be coaches lined up at the door to take his spot. Texas A&M recruits well and the facilities are top of the line. Wins better start happening or else...
Dave Clawson, Wake Forest - Dave Clawson is 6-18 with a 2-14 record against ACC competition in two seasons with Wake Forest. Now to be fair, Clawson did get off to a subpar start before getting the ball rolling with Bowling Green State. However, Wake Forest is a program that’s experienced just one bowl game the last six seasons. The ACC has improved while the Demon Deacons are remaining stuck. Clawson better figure something out quick and in a hurry.
Mark Stoops, Kentucky - Kentucky may be a basketball school, but that’s no excuse for Mark Stoops to rack up a 12-24 record in three seasons. There’s expectations with Kentucky football, especially after the recruiting has picked up big time over the years. Stoops was the splashy hire back in 2013 and the school has been more than patient with him. However, a 4-20 record in the SEC and no bowl appearance in three seasons isn’t going to fly much longer. Guys are always looking to become a head coach in the SEC. Stoops can easily be replaced.
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech - Paul Johnson has coached Georgia Tech since 2008, so there’s going to be some benefit of the doubt with him entering this season despite finishing last year with a 3-9 record. It was the Yellow Jackets worst season since 1994. At times you wonder if the Yellow Jackets will be better off doing away with the triple-option and installing something more modern. It would certainly help recruiting. If Johnson has another failed season, Georgia Tech will start wondering the same things.