Thursday, October 15, 2015

Coaches on the Hot Seat 10/15/15

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Beamer is just hanging around as of now, but what will have to be decided is whether or not he is doing enough to give him one more season, which is seemingly what he wants.

Al Golden, Miami
Golden lost to Florida State once again last weekend, and that is not the way to cool the seat you may be sitting on. Miami is still 3-2, but a loss to Virginia Tech this week could really push any support he has left completely into the void.

Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets fell once again last weekend to North Carolina and that’s now 4 straight defeats for a team that had every chance to win the ACC and was ranked in some top 10 polls when the season started.

Willie Taggert, USF
The Bulls are just starting to show some life, and they have a very winnable game with U Conn coming up this week. If he can get that win, Taggert may very well fall off this list for a while.

Dana Holgorson, West Virginia
The Mountaineers have not been relevant in the Big 12 under Holgorson’s watch, and the product doesn’t seem to be getting much better, as WVU is now 0-2 in conference play. The folks in Morgantown expect more.

Mike Riley, Nebaraska
Riley has some in Lincoln questioning the conventional wisdom of his hire. As the Huskers are now a miserable 2-4 on the season, with a chance to lose again this week to Minnesota. That doesn’t work in Lincoln, and Riley could get run out sooner than later.

Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
Stockstill has never been more than a .500 coach for his career at MTSU, but now even that is slipping under water, as the Blue Raiders are 2-4. He has had years to get over the hump and has not done so. It could be time for some new blood.

Charlie Partridge, FAU
The Owls blew a huge chance to knock off Rice last weekend, as FAU blew a sizable lead late to lose by one. These losses are piling up on Partridge, and he may be in over his head.

Sean Kugler, UTEP
Kugler had UTEP possibly playing beyond themselves in 2014, and the Miners were a nice surprise. That surprise has now turned into a horror show after a 40 point drubbing by FIU last week. This program is reeling in reverse rather than building on any successes.

Jeff Monken, Army
Army is a young team this season, but Monken has done nothing to show that he can push the Cadets in the right direction anytime soon. Army is just as bad as they have been for decades, and the product is worsening.

Pete Lembo, Ball State
Lembo came in with Promise, but that promise is falling flat in Muncie, as the Cardinals are 2-4 this season, and have not been able to push the upper half of the MAC at all. He has got to get this boat turned around, or else a change could come sooner than later.

Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio)
Martin is only in his 2nd season, but in reality, this program has shown little to no growth during his short run. I have seen zero development from year one to two, and so year three will likely be do or die, and if this is any indication, he may not make it.

Rocky Long, San Diego State
If SDSU was in any other conference other than the Mountain West, and was anywhere but the horrible West Division, he may already be heading out the door. SDSU has largely been average under Long’s watch, and now they are an underdog to divisional rival San Jose State. How does that happen?

Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State
The wheels are really coming off the wagon in Fresno, and after a hugely successful 2013, the Bulldogs have not been above .500 since. Last weekend’s 56-14 thumping at home against Utah State was extremely indicative of how bad things have gotten.

Mike MacYntire, Colorado
The Buffaloes are better in many ways this season, but they still have not won a game in conference play, and that is a trend that must be stopped. The Buffaloes have played well in recent weeks at times, but cannot put anyone away.

Mark Helfrich, Oregon
The Ducks are largely a mess right now, and Vernon Adams has been injured most of the season. With the recruiting successes of Oregon the last several seasons, one has to wonder where these magical players are hiding. Oregon hasn’t been this bad in over a decade, and the fall has been sudden.

Bret Bielema, Arkansas
Arkansas is a disaster right now. The program was supposed to be a player in the SEC West race this season, but has lagged in every single way, and has lost to Toledo and Texas Tech. His brand of football is an ill fit in the SEC, and he seems to be as well.

Gus Malzahn, Auburn
SEC football is largely a what have you done for me lately kind of place. Forget about what happened two seasons ago, think about what has happened now. We are in mid-October, and the Tigers are still winless in SEC play. How long do you think that’s going to fly?

Mark Richt, Georgia
Another year of great expectations in Athens, another year of being severely let down. That’s how it seems to be under Richt at Georgia yet again in 2015, as the Bulldogs roster looks paper thin, and they have no QB that can push this team past the season ending injury to Nick Chubb. Richt has fallen short yet again.

Butch Jones, Tennessee
Power Five football. How Jones has not turned his vaunted recruiting classes into a successful run in the division is absolutely insane to think about. Of course, I give no credence to recruiting class rankings until that class has had four years to run through their eligibility, but if I had to, I’d give Jones’ recruiting classes a D at best. Jones is in over his head at Tennessee, and all of the fiery talk about how great they can be has started to fall on deaf ears.

Dennis Franchione, Texas State
Franchione has already seen the departure of his DC in John Thompson this season, and of course he took the very weak route of promoting his son to DC, but in all, Franchione has done nothing to turn this program into a winner, and those wins aren’t walking through that door anytime soon. Newcomers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have left the Bobcats in the dust in the conference hierarchy, and that’s an embarrassment. Franchione is fooling nobody at this point.

Paul Petrino, Idaho
Idaho is a terrible program, with terrible facilities, and moribund at best backing. That’s not on Petrino, it’s just a fact. That being said, a good coach finds ways around those sorts of things and finds a way to win, at least moderately. Petrino has not moved the needle at Idaho one inch, and he seems ill prepared to do so. This program flat lined long ago.

FCS Hot Seat List
Jody Sears, Sacramento State
Ron Gould, UC-Davis
Harold Nichols, Presbyterian
Kevin Callahan, Monmouth
Greg Gattuso, Albany
Dave Brock, Delaware
Rob Ambrose, Towson
David Archer, Cornell
Earnest Wilson, Savannah State
Gary Harrell, Howard
Dale Lennon, Southern Illinois
Mark Farley, Northern Iowa
Joe Glenn, South Dakota
Marty Fine, Bryant
Watson Brown, Tennessee Tech
Kirby Cannon, Austin Peay
Frank Tavani, Lafayette
Jim Parady, Marist
Paul Nichols,  Davidson
Jay Thomas, Northwestern State
Darrell Asberry, Texas Southern
Monte Coleman, UA Pine Bluff

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