College Football 2012: Coaches on the Hot Seat

Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2012

8/23/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The college football coach life expectancy has declined over the past several decades, with the assumption to win right away has become more and more apparent throughout many growing programs.

One of the more appealing elements of the college football offseason (and sometimes regular season), the coaching carousel and has been in full effect from the firing of Joe Paterno to the hiring of Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

But this list is after one thing: Which coach will be the first to get fired? Here is my list of 10 coaches on the hot seat, along with some guys that are getting a little too warm.


Blog Photo - College Football 2012: Coaches on the Hot Seat1. Frank Spaziani, Boston College (20-19 record with school)

Chestnut Hill was buzzing after BC coach Frank Spaziani won five games in a row to end the 2010 season, while voicing his opinion that his team wanted the ACC title the following year. 

The 2011 season turned out to be a major disappointment for Spaziani and the Eagles, who finished 4-8 (3-5 ACC) and failed to make a postseason appearance for the first time in 13 years.

With an offensive unit that was disgustingly stagnant last season and a defense that will once again have to carry the load, anything less than a bowl bid will send Spaziani looking for a new job.

2. Mike Riley, Oregon State (72-63)

Oregon State had won 36 games from 2007-10, so extending coach Mike Riley’s contract to keep him in Corvallis through the 2019 season seemed like the perfect option at the time.

However, in the two years since, the Beavers have gone 8-16, featuring more blowout losses than the four past seasons combined.

It's not looking good for Riley, who will field a team that I projected to finish 1-11 this fall. If that's the case, he'll be packing his bags mid-way through the season.

3. John L. Smith, Arkansas (0-0)

It may be his first season, but Smith's chances to remain as he Arkansas head coach following the 2012-13 season are very slim.

Before Bobby Petrino was fired, expectations were extremely high in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have one of the most talented offenses in the nation behind quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis.

If Arkansas doesn't live up to its SEC championship (and national title) potential, Smith’s reign at the helm could be brief.

4. Derek Dooley, Tennessee (11-14)Blog Photo - College Football 2012: Coaches on the Hot Seat

Maybe branching out to Louisiana Tech wasn't such a great idea after all.

Dooley has not performed in Knoxville following the exit of current USC coach Lane Kiffin. The expectations in Rocky Top have always been and always will be to compete for an SEC title, and it doesn't look like the Volunteers will be doing that any time soon.

Although he does have one of the better NFL quarterback prospects, an outstanding receiver corps and a solid 
defense to work with, it'll come down to his coaching ability to outsmart those of the SEC in order to keep his place.

5. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech (13-12)

Tuberville came from a successful career at Auburn to replace a coach that won 84 games in 10 years at Texas Tech (Mike Leach), so it's safe to say expectations were high coming in.

His underwhelming 13 wins in two season as a member of a somewhat depleted Big 12 conference are alarming, considering it still had one of the better passing games in the nation. The Red Raiders need to finish with at least seven wins and a bowl win to help keep their coach's job.

6. Jeff Tedford, California (79-48)

Sure, his overall record probably isn't worth firing over. But California has been playing footsy with mediocrity for the last several seasons, compiling a 20-18 record since 2009.

Without some sort of revival within the Golden Bears' football program this year, their first season in the renovated Memorial Stadium could be Jeff Tedford’s last. He needs a marquee win (Ohio State, USC, Stanford, Oregon) and a good outing in the postseason.Blog Photo - College Football 2012: Coaches on the Hot Seat

7. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State (35-40)

After a stunning 10-3 record in 2009 that featured a solid bowl victory over Southern Miss, the Blue Raiders took a 180 turn for the worst. Over the last two seasons, they have gone 8-17, including a 2-10 (1-7 Sun Belt) record in 2011.

Rick Stockstill did a good job making a name for Middle Tennessee, but it may be time to get rid of him before he drives it right back into the ground. MTSU isn't expected to do much this fall, so we could see a coaching change by November.

8. Kevin Wilson, Indiana (1-11)

How does Kevin Wilson keep his job in Bloomington this year? Easy. Win more than one game.

Okay, maybe that's not as easy as it sounds with the Indiana football program. Expectations aren't exactly through the roof with this one, however, the Hoosiers do want to improve and they do want to open the door to a postseason berth sometime in the near future.

Wilson has some interesting players to work with and he will need to continue building on them to make something out of nothing.

9. Randy Edsall, Maryland (2-10)

Winning two games isn't exactly what Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson had in mind when he hired Randy Edsall from Connecticut, but then again, there wasn't much to work with on the roster.

The Terps are a proud football program that are in need of a spark to help lift it to the next level, which would be winning ACC championships.

If Edsall did it with a subpar Big East school, he can do it with Maryland. He just needs a few years to install his type of players and keep his quarterbacks healthy.

Blog Photo - College Football 2012: Coaches on the Hot Seat
10. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest (69-66)

Grobe was at the top of his career when he led Wake Forest to 28 wins from 2006-08, including an Orange Bowl appearance. But the Demon Deacons have backslid since, going 14-23 over the last three seasons.

Wake hasn't won a postseason game since 2007. In order for Grobe to keep his contract (that runs through 2016), he'll need to beat a top ACC team and win a bowl game.




Coaches that are getting warm: Mack Brown (Texas), David Cutcliffe (Duke), Joker Phillips (Kentucky), Bobby Hauck (UNLV), Paul Pasqualoni (Connecticut), Todd Berry (LA-Monroe), Rob Akey (Idaho), Dan Enos (Central Michigan), Rich Ellerson (Army), Skip Holtz (USF).
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8/27/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Kevin Wilson is a goner