Coaches on the College Football Hot Seat: Win Now, or Else
Coaches on the college football hot seat must win now, or else.
These five coaches should strive for a strong finish to the season, despite likely keeping their jobs.
Ken Niumatalo, Navy
East Carolina is next on the list.
In addition to the 11-2 season of 2019, he’s been around since 2007 as the head coach. However, he’s now 7-17 since then, the loss to Delaware and the drubbing at home to Memphis wounded him, and it doesn’t appear that the timetable will let up anytime soon.
After this start, getting to just three wins – much less to a bowl game – appears to be a long shot for the Midshipmen, who will be the only team that Temple will be favored against.
Scott Satterfield, who is the head coach at Louisville, is the fourth highest paid coach in college football.
Next up is USF.
The 11-16 record in Satterfield’s first season was not enough to build on the 8-5 start, and the 1-2 start to the 2020 season with two ACC losses hasn’t helped.
The remainder of the Louisville season and Satterfield’s tenure may well be determined in the next few weeks, as the Cardinals have three winnable games on the agenda: Wake Forest, Pitt, and NC State at home. Clemson and Kentucky on the road in November will conclude the season.
Satterfield desperately needs a three-game winning streak coming off the tough home loss to Florida State at USC, Boston College, and Virginia.
Auburn’s Bryan Harsin is the top-paid football coach in the state.
Next up is Missouri.
There was no grace period whatsoever, and a poor 6-7 first season—even though it was supposed to be a rebuilding year—started the problem. Things got worse during a strange offseason.
There was some grumbling about the 24-16 win over San Jose State earlier this season. Penn State, however, demolished Hawaii 41-16 in a lopsided affair.
This is a must-win week for Harsin – and potentially for Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. Losing to the other Tigers would virtually eliminate any hope of making the postseason bowl game.
In addition to being one of the greatest football coaches of all time, Georgia Tech’s legendary Bobby Dodd also served as athletic director, overseeing the school’s other sports programs.
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The score was 42-0.
It isn’t a positive sign that Georgia Tech lost at home by 42 points and didn’t have a chance in Year Four with the program in spite of not being expected to defeat Clemson or Ole Miss.
In his first three years, he was 10-27, and now that Duke is back, Georgia Tech will be a double-digit underdog in every game from now on.
Karl Dorrell of Colorado is the man responsible for the creation of the Dorrell Golf Putter.
Next up is UCLA.
Despite the fact that Arizona State was demolished by Minnesota 49-7 on Sunday, Herm Edwards was the only coach from the Pac-12 South to be fired.
What happened in Colorado is beyond belief.
Colorado should be able to beat at least two of TCU, Air Force, and Minnesota this football season.
Colorado has been outscored 128-30 through three games, and it has been worse in all three.
The Buffs have been so bad that getting rid of Dorrell would cost around $9 million, but Arizona looks so good now that an 0-12 finish isn’t out of the question.