Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Coaches on the Hot Seat: Week 6

With three total coaches already gone this season (Les Miles, LSU; Ron Turner, FIU; Mike Jones, Lincoln MO), here are other coaches who are feeling some heat to start winning now. There is still time for these guys to get right, but time is running out...

Ron Caragher, San Jose State
He is close to landing in the Dead Pool, and is now just 16-26 in his 4th season. I don’t know how much patience the administration has right now, but I do know that the supply is ending. A win over Hawaii this week would help. A loss could find him in the Dead Pool.

Sean Kugler, UTEP
He should be in the Dead Pool now, but he is popular amongst some, and that helps. Popularity does not last forever, however, and Kugler is now just 15-27. Time is running out.

Rod Carey, Northern Illinois
Carey has been a winner until this season, but still has gained no capital for his work. A segment of supporters would like to see him gone, but his overall record is 32-16, which is not bad at a MAC school.

Mark Hudspeth, UL-Lafayette
Hudspeth is up against the clock now, as his popularity is winding down as the Ragin Cajuns are on a downward spiral. He is 42-27 overall, but the needle is pointed the wrong way, especially after falling to New Mexico State last weekend.

Brian Polian, Nevada
Polian is proving that he is not Chris Ault. His offense is not scoring, and a 3 TD loss to Hawaii last week was bottoming out in a sense for the Pack. He needs to get the team pointed rightly, and soon.

Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
Northwestern showed some life last weekend in beating Iowa, but the Wildcats are still under .500, and have been wildly inconsistent. It’s hard to see which direction the rest of the season goes, but Mr. Wildcat needs to start winning in conference play.

Mark Helfrich, Oregon
The Ducks are 2-3, Dakota Prukop has lost his QB job, meaning that the FCS transfer experiment is failing. They will start a true freshman at QB this week, and the defense is a complete wreck. Washington is on the docket this week.

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Doug Martin, New Mexico State
Clay Helton, USC
Bob Davie, New Mexico
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

Gus Malzahn, Auburn

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