Pac-12 Football Coaches: Midseason Job Rating from Best to Worst

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Pac-12 Football Coaches: Midseason Job Rating from Best to Worst
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Washington's Steve Sarkisian is in the midst of a three-game losing streak

Now that Lane Kiffin is gone at USC, which of the Pac-12 football coaches are feeling the heat the most to win now or else face angered boosters?

None of the existing 11 Pac-12 football coaches (excluding USC interim coach Ed Orgeron from the discussion) are in jeopardy of immediately losing their positions. Some, however, are flirting with the possibility of making athletic directors and administrators think long and hard about their returns for the 2014 season.

The Pac-12 coaches who are struggling to stay in the good graces of their supporters include Washington's Steve Sarkisian and Utah's Kyle Whittingham.

Washington has made a 180-degree turn after its 4-0 start, losing three straight (albeit against strong competition such as Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State). Whittingham's Utes are off to a 1-3 start in the Pac-12, which is slightly better than his disappointing 0-4 starts in the Utes' first two seasons in the league.

Cal's first-year coach Sonny Dykes deserves at least a couple of years to rectify the once-proud Golden Bears program. Injuries have plagued his defense. Cal stands at 1-6 overall.

In this era of instant gratification, Dykes will hear criticism similar to what Kansas coach Charlie Weis heard last season with a 1-11 record in his first season with the moribund Jayhawks program. 

The following is a hot-seat job rating of each permanent Pac-12 football coach with six weeks remaining in the regular season. The coach topping the list (or at the bottom, if you prefer) is the one occupying the hottest seat and is in need of a turnaround before it gets too late.

Please check out Javier Morales' blogs at TucsonCitizen.com.

 

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