10 College Coaches Who May Not See Their 2015 Recruiting Class Graduate
Every head college football coach in the country is assembling his 2015 recruiting class with much hope that every recruit graduates in four-to-five years.
However, college football is also big business, which means winning is the most important thing for a coach's future. Whether it be a coach on the hot seat, the calling of the NFL or possible retirement, there are a few college coaches who very well may not see their next recruiting class get all the way through their programs.
An SEC coach has some fire under his seat, while an ACC coach may be running out of time. Plus, a respected Big Ten coach could be replaced before his 2015 class graduates.
All recruiting class ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Recruiting Rankings.
Kyle Flood, Rutgers
Rutgers is now in the Big Ten, so the Scarlet Knights will definitely have to take their program to new heights both on the field and on the recruiting trail.
Right now, that job is up to head coach Kyle Flood. Flood is a tough-minded coach, but he is only 15-11 through two seasons at the helm. Rutgers in only No. 43 in the 247Sports Recruiting Rankings, and don't forget the forgettable finish it had to the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Flood could be out by the time Rutgers' current commitments are upperclassmen.
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
Paul Johnson is 48-32 entering his seventh season at Georgia Tech. However, he has lost five bowl games, and no one will confuse the Yellow Jackets for Alabama as a recruiting juggernaut.
Johnson is just 14-13 in his last two seasons, and a plateau in Atlanta may have been reached. Should Georgia Tech not ascend up the ACC pecking order within these next few seasons, a scenario of Johnson being out can be seen.
Bo Pelini, Nebraska
A good football coach, Bo Pelini hasn't exactly been a fan favorite at Nebraska. Although things appear to be fine now, a bad season this fall could see Pelini's seat heat right back up.
He's gone 57-24 in six full seasons as head coach of the Cornhuskers. That's a good record, but Big Red has higher standards than many programs. It's realistic to see Pelini leaving Lincoln before his 2015 class graduates.
Tim Beckman, Illinois
Entering his third season at Illinois, Tim Beckman is just 6-18. That record alone speaks for itself, plus it's not like the Illini are going to be real contenders for the Big Ten title soon.
Beckman currently has 12 commitments, but if he continues on the pace he's on in the winning department, those recruits will be playing for someone else soon enough.
Al Golden, Miami
Amid what's taken place at Miami over the past few years, many people are rooting for Al Golden to do well. However, he's only 22-15 in 37 games in Coral Gables.
Golden has to get Miami back to being Miami. If not, there's going to start being some chatter about his job security down the line. He's done well on the recruiting trail, but he hasn't locked South Florida down in the manner Miami is accustomed to.
Crazier things have happened, but there's a small chance Golden's 2015 class will not graduate with him as its head coach.
Randy Edsall, Maryland
Things have not gone well for Randy Edsall at Maryland. He left UConn to coach the Terrapins after the 2010 season but is only 13-24 through three seasons.
Edsall is leading the Terps into the Big Ten, but he needs to start winning some games. After awhile, there are going to be no more excuses left or a feel-good sentiment for Edsall to lean on for not winning.
The players he lands in his 2015 class very well could see a coaching change toward the end of their tenure at Maryland.
Mike London, Virginia
Mike London has been the head coach at Virginia since 2010, and his best season was an 8-5 finish in 2011. He has an 18-31 record overall, plus he is coming off a dreadful 2-10 season in 2013.
London signed a great recruiting class in 2014, but those prospects need to produce now to help his cause. He's running out of time in Charlottesville, and Virginia could be a sleeping giant of a program.
Forget about the 2015 class, London may not even see the class he signed last February graduate.
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
A mainstay in the Big Ten, Kirk Ferentz is one of the most respected coaches in the business. He's been at Iowa since 1999, and he has gotten the Hawkeyes to two BCS bowl games.
However, Ferentz is just 27-24 since going 11-2 in 2009. Iowa has to get back to consistently contending for Big Ten titles, or else Ferentz could start to hear to some retirement chatter.
The 2015 class he signs next February will be graduating in 2018 and 2019. It's realistic to picture Ferentz gone by then.
Will Muschamp, Florida
This is an important season for him, as Florida is among the most demanding programs in the country. Muschamp has recruited well, but he needs to show results on the field now.
If not, any recruit committed to Florida for 2015 may not even get the chance to play for him.
Muschamp said the following, per David Jones of Florida Today (July 24):
There will be a lot of chatter about hot seat business," confesses Muschamp of his own future. "That's part of it. The way you combat that is having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we're going to do. I've got a lot of confidence in this team and staff. This is probably the most complete team we've had since I've been at the University of Florida in all three phases.
Brady Hoke, Michigan
Plus, he hasn't beaten Ohio State in two years. The Buckeyes have been the more dominant program both on the field and on the recruiting trail since Urban Meyer arrived as head coach in 2012. Michigan is currently 27th in the 247Sports Recruiting Rankings, which is below its recruiting standards.
Another sub-par season, plus another loss to Ohio State, could equal Hoke eventually being out in Ann Arbor before his 2015 class goes through his program.