Coaches on the hot seat for 2013
Coaches at "Highest Risk" are one big loss away from losing their job. The next hot seat level is called "Heating Up," which means that the coach needs to start winning now. Those who found themselves in the "Safe for Now" have to get things moving in the right direction—and fast.
1. Bobby Hauck, UNLV (6-33 record with school)
Hauck had a ton of success with Montana, finishing with two 14-win seasons and an 80-17 record in seven seasons. Now in his fourth year with UNLV, the Rebels are averaging just two wins and are being outscored 39.6 to 20.3.
2. Dan Enos, Central Michigan (13-25)
Unlike Brian Kelly and Butch Jones, Enos isn't enjoying the same success while at Central Michigan. The Chippewas had back-to-back three-win seasons before finally reaching a bowl (and winning it) in Enos' third year, but after losing some talent and getting thumped by Michigan, things are looking unpleasant in Mount Pleasant.
3. Lane Kiffin, USC (26-13)
Kiffin makes $3 million a year. If he doesn't deliver nine or 10 wins this season, there's no way new Athletic Director Pat Hayden keeps him. And if the performance against Hawaii (a 3-9 team in 2012) is any indication of how the Trojans will play this year, Kiffin could be filing for unemployment by Week mid-season.
4. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (100-75)
Unfortunately for Hawkeye fans (and the entire athletic department), the firing of Ferentz is much more difficult than one would think. He's the sixth highest-paid coach in the country (!!!), making $3.9 million per season through 2016. He makes more than Charlie Strong, Steve Spurrier, Gary Patterson, Brady Hoke, Mark Richt, Jimbo Fisher, Brian Kelly, etc. Since the start of 2010, he has a record of 19-20. Is there a more overrated coach in the country?
5. Jeff Quinn, Buffalo (10-29)
Despite giving Ohio State a run for its money, the future doesn't look strong for the mediocre MAC program. This could be Quinn's fourth and final season with the Bulls.
6. Gary Pinkel, Missouri (90-61)
Pinkel is facing the most important season yet as the head coach of Missouri. He's 90-61 with the Tigers, but finished 5-7 in the program's first year as a member of the SEC. Granted, the offensive line was in shambles, but that only means expectations should be high for a postseason berth.
7. Randy Edsall, Maryland (7-18)
Edsall deserves some slack, having to play a linebacker at quarterback last season due to an unholy number of injuries. But if he doesn't deliver in 2013, he could very well be on his way out.
8. Mack Brown, Texas (148-43)
I don't personally agree with this, but many believe that if Texas doesn't have a BCS-level year, Brown is out. Which would be a shame. It's not like he's become senile—he's very intelligent, has passion for the game, truly cares for his players and can recruit out of his mind.
9. Joey Jones, South Alabama (25-15)
Since joining the FBS, the Jaguars are 2-11.
10. Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut (10-15)
If you didn't know already, the Huskies lost to Division 1-AA Towson by an embarrassing score of 33-18 at home. Pasqualoni makes $1.6 million a year. This isn't right.
11. Charlie Weis, Kansas (1-11)
Kansas paid Weis $2.5 million per win last season. The Jayhawks finished 1-11.
12. Rich Ellerson, Army (18-32)
Army has had one winning season under Ellerson's four-year tenure (2010), when it finished 7-6. The Black Knights are 11-26 otherwise.
13. Terry Bowden, Akron (1-12)
Everyone knows taking over Akron is a huge challenge. Bowden accepted that challenge, and now the Zips are 1-12 under his reign.
14. Rocky Long, San Diego State (17-10)
Long wasn't overly-impressive during his 11-year stay with New Mexico, leaving with a losing record and four bowl losses in just five appearances. It's not getting any better with the Aztecs, coming off what may be the most embarrassing loss of his career (L 40-19 vs. Eastern Illinois).
15. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest (74-74)
I've been told that people in Winstom-Salem love Grobe. I don't see the connection. Grobe owns a record of 20-30 since 2008, losing to Mississippi State in his only bowl appearance during that time.
16. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia (18-9)
Holgorsen arrived to Morgantown with a bang, winning his first 15 of 18 games and obliterating any scoreboard that stood in his way. Since then, the mountain men are 3-6 with a way-too-tight win over FCS William & Mary.
Safe for Now, But Getting Warm
17. Ron English, Washington State (11-38)
18. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State (29-23)
19. Don Treadwell, Miami-of-Ohio (8-17)
20. Charley Molnar, UMass (1-12)
21. Paul Rhodes, Iowa State (24-28)
22. Tim Beckman, Illinois (3-10)
23. Mike Reily, Oregon State (81-68)
24. Norm Chow, Hawaii (3-10)
25. Doug Martin, New Mexico State (0-1)
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