Will Mike Sherman Even Make It To Year 2 At Texas A&M
MrNFL brought you his take on the NFL Coaching Hot Seat, so let's also take a look at college football where we can always expect some significant turnover in November and December... or possibly even sooner.
Clemson received some criticism when it fired Tommy Bowden in the middle of the season last week, but I'm all for the quick trigger if you've already made your decision. Why fire your coach mid-season? Take a look at North Carolina in 2006. UNC fired John Bunting during the season and thus was able to take a lead in look for new coaches. As a result, the Tar Heels had first dibs on Butch Davis and look at the quick results.
A well run search should take at least a month to interview a complete set of candidates and make a sound decision. Ideally, you want the new coach up and running by mid-December when the recruiting season really takes shape. While coaches are busy with bowl preparations, the new man can get a lead on recruiting and starting working on the 2010 class, as well.
So who should get the axe sooner rather than later?
Ty Willingham, Washington I like Ty, he's obviously one of the classier coaches in college football and deserves better but he just hasn't showed any progress at Washington. None. UW has a lot to offer and should be a threat in the Pac-10 every year. With some of the available names out there *cough*Lane Kiffin*cough* it's time to make a move.
Greg Robinson, Syracuse I'm stunned this hasn't be taken care of yet. There's no doubt Robinson is a talented defensive coordinator, but his X and O skills haven't translated at the HC position. Syracuse was at a disadvantage when he began, but he hasn't exactly shown that anything will change in Syracuse. Time to move on... at 1-6 in year four of his tenure. This would be good for Greg as well, as he can get back to doing what he does best: game planning against offenses solely.
Who's Next? Al Golden, Temple or Turner Gill, Buffalo would be a great, realistic get for the 'Cuse.
Bill Lynch, Indiana It was an emotional decision in Bloomington when Terry Hoeppner passed away just before last season started and Lynch took over and guided the Hoosiers to a bowl game. Great story. But now that the emotion has subsided, I'm not sure Lynch is the guy. You see a lot of coaching mistakes week in and week out with Indiana and thus they sit at the bottom of the Big Ten.
Who's Next? Ironically, I'd go and get Brady Hoke from Ball State, who also followed Lynch as the head coach of the Cardinals. Some other names: Randy Edsell, UConn; Todd Grantham, Cowboys D-Line coach.
Philip Fulmer, Tennessee It's been a nice run, but it's clear the Volunteers need some new juice. Fulmer recruit$ very well, but the results on the field have been lacking in comparison lately. A win over Alabama this week would ensure another year for the big man thanks to his friendly connections with boosters, but a blowout loss might be the best result to move forward. With UT's history and appeal, they'd have their choice for next head coach among all the hot names.
Who's Next? I'd love to see what Bud Foster could do as a head coach, but some younger names like Muschamp, Todd Graham (Tulsa) and Mike Leach may be more intriguing. Can you imagine the pirate in Knoxville? I have something new to add to my Christmas list.
One and Done?
I'd have no problem getting rid of these first year coaches who might not be the right fit...
Paul Wulff, Washington State Playing the Cougars this year is like turning the EA NCAA Football setting to easy and basically choosing your number. WSU has given up 63, 66, 69 and 66 points already this season in year one of the Wulff era. In his defense, even Pete Carroll had a rough first year at USC. But turning around Washington State is going to take much, much more time. We'll give him a pass, but you'd still like to see a team show some fight in year one. The Cougars aren't doing anything.
Mike Sherman, Texas A&M
Peculiar hire from the very beginning. I know the trend is to hire guys with NFL experience, but it wouldn't hurt if they also understood the college game. Sherman spent some time as the Aggies offensive line coach, but that's about it. I thought Texas A&M might go with a young, fiery coach who would bring some much needed swagger and competitiveness when lining up against Texas, Texas Tech and the hundred other schools who focus in on recruiting in the state. Instead they went with the 53-year-old Sherman who still hasn't won a Big XII game, despite having plenty of talent on the roster. This is the team who has beaten Texas two years straight. If the Aggies lose this week to Iowa State, then I think it might be time to reconsider this move at the end of the year. Will Muschamp will get many offers, but could the Aggies boosters lure him with enough cash? He's the right kind of coach.
Any other coaches you feel should get the axe? Share your thoughts below.