10 College Football Coaches Who Won't Survive the 2013 Season
The coaching carousel is always moving, and there are 10 coaches needing an exit strategy as the fall approaches.
Some coaches stepped into tough situations and have failed to turn around the program. Others have allowed their teams to crumble under their guidance.
If USC doesn’t challenge for the Pac-12 title this year, Lane Kiffin will be facing a curtain call. Gary Pinkel is now in the SEC, and winning is the only thing that can keep a coach around.
What other coaches will be preparing U-Haul rentals this winter?
Kirk Ferentz: Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa fans have to be growing weary of the Ferentz legacy that is crashing in Iowa City after having great success in the early 2000s. Mediocrity has taken hold of the program.
Last year’s 4-8 record was his worst season since 2000, when the program limped to a 3-9 mark.
After three disappointing seasons of underperformance, this fall needs to bring a lot of wins or Ferentz will be heading out of town in a Mayflower.
Gary Pinkel: Missouri Tigers
The SEC brings higher demands than any other conference in football. Gary Pinkel took his Missouri program from the Big 12 to the SEC last fall, but the Tigers looked terrible in almost every outing against conference competition.
His team finished with a 5-7 record and a quarterback controversy.
There is a lot to work on to become competitive in the SEC East, and if there isn’t a significant jump in production this fall, Pinkel will be out of Missouri.
There is a veteran group returning on offense, and enough talent on defense to challenge for a bowl game this fall. Less than eight wins will register an exit. Looking at the schedule, they won’t come easy.
Tim Beckman: Illinois Fighting Illini
The Fighting Illini were used to being competitive under Ron Zook, but they wanted more. After Zook's departure, Tim Beckman stepped over from Toledo with a lot of steam as a rising coach.
A 2-10 record in his first season has some taking some second looks at his hiring, and without a solid second year he may have trouble sticking around in Champaign.
Beckman doesn’t need to win the Big Ten, but he does need to put a team on the field that can win a bowl game. This administration wasn't happy with Zook—a relentless recruiter that produced three winning seasons and gained respect in a tough conference—so Beckman needs to produce now.
Two years seems like a short tenure, but this is the age of “win now” and coaches know it.
Randy Edsall: Maryland Terrapins
Randy Edsall was the hottest name on the coaching circuit after taking UConn to a BCS bid in 2010. He was hired away to Maryland but has gone 6-18 since arriving in College Park.
The talent is there to win inside the ACC, so losing eight games is unacceptable. Edsall is in a win-or-get-lost scenario.
After dumping a coach that took the Terrapins to a 75-50 record and five bowl wins, losing 18 games in two seasons has this staff on the chopping block.
Paul Rhoads: Iowa State Cyclones
There was a lot of excitement that followed Paul Rhoads in the first few seasons at Iowa State, but three losing seasons and a 1-2 bowl record have Cyclones fans getting antsy.
They were expecting to see a continued rise in the program's stature inside the Big 12 since the conference dropped to 10 teams, but instead they have been stuck in mediocrity.
Rhoads has been a quality coach in the past few seasons, but without some big wins this fall and a bowl game, he will be escorted out of town.
A losing season will seal his fate and end his reign in Ames.
Joey Jones: South Alabama Jaguars
Jones may have helped start the Jaguars program, but a 2-10 first year mark in the Sun Belt won’t keep him around in Mobile.
He has a 25-14 record at South Alabama, but his weak entry into the FBS will have boosters itching for wins. This program is looking for a new stadium, and losing records don’t bring out the fans.
When the Jaguars were winning, the base was growing, but now it is hitting a stopping point.
If Jones hits .500 he may stick, but anything less will be followed by an exit along with his staff.
Ron English: Eastern Michigan Eagles
English took over the Eagles program in 2009 and marched to a winless season. The following year produced two wins, but the 2011 6-6 effort had the program at a new high.
This past fall was expected to bring another strong year and a possible push for a MAC title. Instead the Eagles finished with another 2-10 record, and the administration is now looking for a change.
Even at Eastern Michigan, a 10-38 record is unacceptable.
Unless there is a major turnaround for this program in 2013, English will be departing from Ypsilanti.
Jim Grobe: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
After 12 years with the Demon Deacons, Grobe has become the face of the program.
The problem is that the program doesn’t have a winning tradition that is worthy of discussion under his guidance.
He has a 73-74 record in 12 seasons with the last four years producing losing marks.
The air has gotten stale in Winston-Salem and something has to change to get this program back to winning relevant games in the ACC. Sometimes legendary eras need to end, and this is one of them.
Bobby Hauck: UNLV Rebels
UNLV isn’t supposed to be a powerhouse in college football, but they need to be competitive. After three seasons, Bobby Hauck hasn’t gotten the Rebels there.
Hauck is 6-32 with the Rebels. Without a major turnaround this year, he will be shown the door.
Nothing is spelling success heading into 2013, so this era may soon be over.
He was known as a talented championship winner after a lengthy and strong tenure at Montana, but he has failed to turnaround a basement program in Las Vegas.
That a coach can’t build an unbeatable roster of talent in Vegas is extremely surprising.
Lane Kiffin: USC Trojans
Lane Kiffin is riding the hottest seat in football this season.
After posting a 25-13 mark in L.A., the team is on the verge of a downward spiral. Last year the Trojans limped to a 7-6 record after expecting to be one of the nation’s top programs.
This year everything is on the line for Kiffin as the Trojans have high expectations for 2013. There is talent all over the offense, and the defense has a number of playmakers that return with experience.
Kiffin needs a bowl win and a huge season or he will be asked to depart the Trojans program. Mediocrity is not accepted at USC.
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