It’s never too early in the year to discuss what college football coaches are on the hot seat this coming season.
Last year the names were obvious: Tommy Bowden, Sly Croom, Ty Willingham and Phil Fulmer. All four were released of their duties either before or after the season.
This year’s crop of coaches will feature some old faces as well as new, but let’s start with a familiar face.
Weis has been riding this fence for awhile and had he not taken Notre Dame to a bowl game last season, he would have been handed a pink slip as well.
Thank goodness Touchdown Jesus was on duty that day to stop Navy from turning the Fighting Irish’s season from a bad season to a terrible one.
The heat is on Weis this season to fulfill the promise that most fans thought he had when Notre Dame brought him in from the New England Patriots.
No more excuses for Weis. He has to win at least eight or nine games this season or there is a certain coach down in Gainesville, Florida who although has denied it recently has said in the past that this job is his DREAM job.
Yes I know this is his first season in Knoxville, but who knew that a first year coach who has talked so much and done so little would created a lot of excitement among the Tennessee fan base that they expect him to do much better in his first year then Phil Fulmer did in his last year.
Problem with Kiffin is he may have written a check that his mouth can’t cash. He has basically put himself on a short leash because of his actions and the season hasn’t even kicked off yet.
His SEC schedule is not in his favor and the expectations are high, but the results will probably be low at least for this season. He maybe on a very short leash within the UT Athletic Department.
Bowden is a college football icon with his wins, his wit and that southern charm of his.
It’s easy to see why he has hung around for so long and that may be the problem. When was the last time Florida State was a significant player in the BCS? For that matter when were the Seminoles a significant player in the ACC for more then just half a season?
Along with the Miami Hurricanes, FSU was supposed to dominant this conference for years to come. The problem is someone forgot to tell the rest of the ACC.
Not to mention the NCAA. After they take his wins away for rules violations, what really does he have to play for now?
He probably won’t catch Joe Paterno in all time wins and the rest of the ACC is no longer afraid of the Seminoles. He may not be forced out the door, but he might be gently pushed for coach in waiting Jimbo Fisher.
It’s a surprise pick yes, but big things were expected from LSU last year and 8-5 doesn’t cut it any more in Baton Rouge.
One more season like that and Miles will wish he had taken the Michigan job.
LSU fans have become spoiled and expected this team to compete not only for an SEC Championship, but for National Championships as well.
What has hurt Miles is the rest of the SEC West has caught up to Bengal Tigers in a short amount of time since they won that last national championship trophy.
It also didn’t help that his starting quarterback was kicked off the team and now plays in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Speaking of Michigan, Rich Rodriguez .
Rich-Rod thought Alabama fans would be tough, until he took the job in Ann Arbor. Michigan fans aren’t too happy right now and do not have much patience.
They are tired of seeing Ohio State and now Penn State dominate not only them, but the rest of the Big 10 as well.
They want that Rich-Rod magic to start rubbing off on the Wolverines. If given the time, Rodriguez will build Michigan back into a powerhouse, that’s IF he is given that time.