Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Coaches on the Hot Seat

David Cutliffe, Duke
The Blue Devils are now 3-2 on the season, but are 0-2 in ACC play. The Devils can still turn it around, but the clock is ticking.

Bo Pelini, Nebraska
The Huskers picked up a nice 20 point win over Illinois to open Big 10 play. There are still questions about how much support he has in Lincoln, but he should be safe unless Nebraska goes into an utter collapse.

Paul Rhodes, Iowa State
The Cyclones are likely headed for yet another loss this weekend, and when they let a win over Texas escape last weekend, it was one of their final remaining shots at a season changing victory.

Ron Turner, FIU
Turner got a big win over Southern Miss last weekend to avoid a winless start to the season. It's a start, but could be their only win of the season.

Bill Blankenship, Tulsa
After a three point loss to Rice, Tulsa is running out of opportunities this season. If Tulsa falls to UTEP this week, Blankenship could slide into the Dead Pool.

Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech
Holtz is lacking support early on in Ruston, but their win over UTEP should buy him some coolness to the seat. The Bulldogs need to win where they can.

Troy Calhoun, Air Force
The Falcons tanked at Navy last weekend, which is terrible news for Calhoun, but a loss at home to San Diego State this week could be a disaster beyond comprehension.

Rocky Long, San Diego State
The Aztecs got a huge win over Nevada last weekend. That's a good start, but a win at Air Force may be a must for Long. SDSU is having a terrible season, and a loss to the Falcons could be deemed a disaster, even on the road.

Gary Pinkel, Missouri
The real season starts now for the Tigers, as they visit Georgia in SEC play. If they are for real, they will show it now. If they start to fold, it'll be now as well. Everything is riding on the second half of the season for Pinkel.

Todd Berry, UL-Monroe
Berry's season is fading fast, and a loss to Texas State this weekend would likely be one of the final pieces in an ultimate collapse. Berry pulled himself out of the fire last season, but is sinking right back in for 2013. He could be Dead Pool in a week or two.

Larry Blakeney, Troy
Every game is a must win for the long time Trojan's coach. Troy has fallen incredibly far in the last three years, and his tenure is growing ever more stale. He really saved himself with a one point win over South Alabama last week, but the pressure is far from off.

Coming Up Next: Coaches Swimming in the Dead Pool

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