Coaches on Their Way Out; Potential Replacements
Here is a list of coaches on their way out with potential replacement candidates.
1. Joker Phillips, Kentucky (13-23 record)
Phillips was told he will not be retained at season’s end on November 4.
Potential candidates: Butch Jones (Cincinnati HC), Neil Brown (Texas Tech OC), Sonny Dykes (LA-Tech HC), Willie Taggart (Western Kentucky HC), Jim Tressel (former Ohio State HC).
2. Derek Dooley, Tennessee (15-21)
Dooley was fired on November 18, one day after losing to Vanderbilt, 41-18.
Potential candidates: David Cutcliffe (Duke HC), Gary Patterson (TCU HC), Charlie Strong (Louisville HC), Al Golden (Miami-Fla. HC), John Gruden (ESPN analyst).
3. Gene Chizik, Auburn (33-18)
Chizik was 5-19 at Iowa State before hired at Auburn. Without Cam Newton, he is 19-18 with the Tigers. Numerous reports have said that preparations have already been made for his firing.
Potential candidates: Shawn Watson (Louisville OC), Charlie Strong (Louisville HC), Kirby Smart (Alabama DC), Sonny Dykes (LA-Tech HC), Todd Grantham (Georgia DC).
4. Frank Spaziani, Boston College (22-28)
The Eagles are 2-9 (1-6 ACC) this season and are going nowhere fast. They need a fresh start with someone that can put them back on track.
Potential candidates: Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State DC), Al Golden (Miami HC), Steve Addazio (Temple HC), Bob Diaco (Notre Dame DC), Greg Roman (San Francisco 49ers OC).
5. Jeff Tedford, California (82-56)
Cal has completely strayed away from the glory days. It hasn’t been a relevant program in nearly five seasons, and Tedford seems to have lost his grip on recruiting. There was an early report saying that if the Golden Bears didn’t finish with at least six wins, he was gone. Edit: Tedford was fired Tuesday morning after a 3-9 season.
Potential candidates: Hue Jackson (former Oakland Raiders HC), Chris Petersen (Boise State HC), Mike McIntyre (San Jose State HC), Mark Helfrich (Oregon OC), Sonny Dykes (LA-Tech HC).
6. John L. Smith, Arkansas (4-6)
Smith was hired as the interim coach to quickly replace the fired Bobby Petrino. It was assumed that if he couldn’t lead a highly-talented Arkansas roster to a BCS bowl, A.D. Jeff Long would look elsewhere.
Potential candidates: Art Briles (Baylor HC), Charlie Strong (Louisville HC), John Gruden (ESPN analyst), Todd Monken (Oklahoma State OC), Kirby Smart (Alabama DC).
7. Ellis Johnson, Southern Miss (0-11)
Johnson replaced Larry Fedora and took over a program that had 18 straight winning seasons. Dave Bartoo of College Football Matrix told ESPN 105.9 that Johnson has done “probably the worst coaching job I’ve seen in the matrix this century in (Football Bowl Subdivision) football.”
Potential candidates: June Jones (SMU HC), Blake Anderson (North Carolina OC), Gus Malzahn (Arkansas State HC), Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina HC), Larry Coker (UTSA HC).
8. Jon Embree, Colorado (4-20)
Well, for one, Colorado is arguably the worst team in America. So, that usually will put you on the hot seat. Embree has been a part of the program for two seasons now, but does not have the Buffaloes moving forward.
Potential candidates: Dave Christensen (Wyoming HC), Bryan Harsin (Texas Co-OC), Josh Heupel (Oklahoma OC), Mark Helfrich (Oregon OC), Shawn Watson (Louisville OC).
9. DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State (10-38)
Walker’s record speaks for itself. There hasn’t been much to cheer about in Lac Cruces before his arrival or during.
Potential candidates: unknown.
10. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (100-74)
Iowa was once heralded as one of the better Big Ten football programs. Things are beginning to fall apart and quickly, and everything becomes a direct result of Ferentz, who is finishing up his 14th – and possibly his final – season.
Potential candidates: Bobby Diaco (Notre Dame DC), Mark Stoops (Florida State DC), Greg Roman (San Francisco 49ers OC), Manny Diaz (Texas DC), Kliff Kinsburgy (Texas A&M OC).
Other coaches on the hot seat: Skip Holtz (South Florida), Randy Edsall (Maryland), Charlie Weiss (Kansas), Lane Kiffin (USC), Tony Levine (Houston), Rich Ellerson (Army), Paul Pasqualoni (UConn), Bobby Hauck (UNLV), Tom O’Brien (N.C. State), Danny Hope (Purdue), Jason Gesser (Idaho).