College Football 2011 Week 4: Which Coaching Hot Seats Will Only Get Hotter?
We are a third of the way into the 2011 college football season, and several coaches are already on the hot seat. Some of these coaches have been red flagged since preseason; others have raised eyebrows after disappointing upsets.
Because it's Week 4, let's take a look at four coaches whose jobs are in jeopardy.
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Georgia: Mark Richt
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After losses to both Boise State and South Carolina, Georgia head coach Mark Richt is certainly under scrutiny.
Georgia is currently 1-2 and will face Ole Miss this afternoon. Cleverly touted as the "Hot Seat Bowl," Richt and Ole Miss' Houston Nutt are sure to be under fire today.
Richt posted a bleak 6-7 record in 2010, and the team isn't getting any better.
He used to be known for his winning record and bowl appearances; now, Richt's name is synonymous with disappointment and defeat. If Georgia loses to Ole Miss today and Georgia falls to 1-3, expect fans to revolt against Richt.
Ole Miss: Houston Nutt
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Today, Ole Miss will face Georgia in the Battle of the Hot Seat. The winner will get to keep his coaching job.
After losing a close game against BYU and getting routed by Vanderbilt, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt is in the hot seat.
Ole Miss appears to be getting worse and worse, dropping from 8-4 in 2009 to 4-8 in 2010.
Fans, players and athletic director Pete Boone alike are getting irate with Nutt.
A loss to Georgia today will almost definitely seal his fate.
Ohio State: Luke Fickell
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After Jim Tressel resigned in May, Ohio State fans found solace in coach Luke Fickell.
That is, until Fickell's quarterbacks mustered only 35 yards of total passing offense against Miami last week.
This week, the Buckeyes host Colorado. Fickell is already trying a solution to last week's problem, as he is starting freshman Braxton Miller over senior Joe Bauserman.
Given the difficulty of the next few games (MIchigan State and Nebraska, respectively), coach Fickell will need to do a complete turnaround if he wants to stay Ohio State's leader next year.
UCLA: Rick Neuheisel
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One thing is for sure: UCLA's Rick Neuheisel never fails to surprise.
That is, if a surprise involves having 12 men on the field after a timeout, and having three consecutive interceptions.
UCLA is 1-2, and Neuheisel's Bruins were shellacked by Texas last week.
In three years, UCLA is only 15-22 under Neuheisel's regime. UCLA will visit Oregon State at 3:30 p.m. A loss here (and a guaranteed loss against Stanford next week) will surely force a change in leadership next year.