College Football Coaches Who Are on the Hot Seat

David HedlindAnalyst IIAugust 29, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts during their game against the Florida Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It seems to me that we are seeing more and more coaches lose their jobs well before the season ends. Some even as early as midseason. A bad showing or a humiliating loss can do a coach in. There are a few names thrown around as to who is on the hot seat that everyone knows. Here is a list of some others that might be overlooked by most.

This is not listed in any particular order.

Mario Cristobal- FIU

Expectations were actually high and some Sun Belt folks thought that under Cristobal FIU might be able to turn the corner. Heading into year four, Cristobal is only 9-27, has no bowl games, and doesn’t even have a winning season. The schedule is tough with four BCS teams to start and three on the road. Topping last seasons 3-9 seems like a long shot.

Bob Toledo- Tulane

Tulane is not the easiest place to coach or recruit to with LSU and three other FBS schools in the same state. Toledo has a 9-27 record here and in a very tough Conference USA West division another losing record looks likely and Toledo may be out before the end of the season.

Ricky Bustle- Louisiana

Bustle has been here for eight seasons already and has pretty good success. Louisiana has been topping out at six wins and has not been able to get a bowl bid. It shouldn’t take a whole lot to secure a longer tenure, more than six wins should do it, a bowl would help. It’s just a matter if they can do it.

Steve Roberts- Arkansas State

Arkansas State won the conference in 2005 and since then just can't get over the 6-6 hump. A mid to low finish in the Sun Belt Conference just isn’t going to cut it again. A bowl game at 6-6 might save the job, but with no guarantee.

David Bailiff- Rice

After having the same coach for 12 years, Rice had to replace Ken Hatfield. Todd Graham came in and took 1-10 Rice to a 7-6. Then he took off for Tulsa. Bailiff has had a roller-coaster three seasons at Rice going 3-9, 10-3, and 2-10. There is a chance for it to go up again, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Neil Callaway- UAB

In three years under Callaway, UAB has gone 11-25. The defense could save his job if they can hold out to win some games, because the offense is rebuilding this year. The Conference USA East division is fairly wide open with three new head coaches bringing in three new looks, but also teaching three new schemes. Callaway likely needs a bowl to hang on.

Dan Hawkins- Colorado

Hawkins was 53-11 at Boise State, but only 16-33 at Colorado. Hawkins' name has been on the burner of hot seat coaches for the past couple seasons now and most were surprised that the 3-9 he turned in last season didn’t do him in. Some wonder if Colorado will stick with him as the team moves conference to the Pac 10 in a couple years or if it will be new conference, new head coach.

Todd Dodge- North Texas

North Texas went out on a limb and hired a high school coach to take over. The experiment has not paid off so far. In Dodge’s three years he has gone 5-31. I honestly think this year could save Dodge as North Texas looks like they should contend for the SBC.

Mike Locksley- New Mexico

Normally anything less than three years and I don’t really even consider a coaching job to be in question. Locksley is a case all his own. Its not just that New Mexico was 1-11 last season and are expected to finish last in the Mountain West this year also, but there are other things that happened off the field.

In May, before his first season, a former administrative assistant filed a age and sex discrimination complaint. While the complaint was later withdrawn, the attention was not good. During the season, an altercation with a coaching assistant in which Locksley punched the assistant.

I would have to think he is on a fairly short leash, but at the same time escaping the conference cellar should be enough.

Ron Zook- Illinois

Yeah I know Rose Bowl in 2007, but other than that what has he done at Illinois? Four losing seasons. The Rose Bowl is the only bowl game he has taken them to. In the other four seasons, three conference wins is the conference high, and no better than eighth place. I just feel like time is up here.

Rich Rodriguez- Michigan

It would be foolish to not have him on here but I also think it is foolish to think that it is a slam dunk also. The record dropped hard when he took over, but then some improvement was seen the following season. As long as the record improves, which would mean a non losing season and likely a bowl, he should be back. If Michigan falls short, he may be out.

Steve Spurrier- South Carolina

The SEC prides itself on the being the best. South Carolina has been average. With records of 7-5, 8-5, 6-6, 7-6, 7-6 here, Spurrier has done nothing that former coach Lou Holtz hadn’t been doing. In Holtz’ final years he had records of 5-7, 5-7 and 6-5. How much longer average going to cut it?