10 College Football Head Coaches Who Need a Demotion
Randy Edsall called Maryland his dream job.
Well, the 2011 season wasn't so dreamy for Edsall or the Terrapins.
It would actually be a pretty good idea if Maryland just demoted the former Connecticut coach instead of enduring another year with him in charge.
But he's not alone. There are at least nine other coaches who have no business being in charge of a college football team.
Frank Spaziani, Boston College
There's a good reason why Frank Spaziani was a career assistant coach until 2009.
Each of his three seasons as the head coach at Boston College, the Eagles have deteriorated to this season's 4-8 record.
Spaziani is considered a solid defensive coordinator, so maybe BC could move him back and go find a better fit for head coach.
His overall record is 20-19, and that includes a 2006 win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl when the Eagles eked out a 25-24 win over Navy.
Mike Riley, Oregon State
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Maybe it's a little harsh to put Mike Riley on notice, but his last two seasons have been two of his worst in the college game.
Now Riley might be the right guy to turn it around, but sometimes a program just needs a jolt of something new.
Riley is 72-63 in his two stints as coach at Oregon State, and his league record is below .500 (46-47).
Two years without a bowl appearance is all the Beavers can handle.
Will Muschamp, Florida
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Will Muschamp's first season at Florida had its ups and downs.
But at 6-6, the Gators had more downs than ups.
Muschamp looked like an assistant who is still learning how to be a head coach. So he will get time to improve, but the learning curve better be quick at Florida.
Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis didn't do him many favors by leaving after one season, but Muschamp needs to work hard on recruiting this season.
Derek Dooley, Tennessee
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A 5-7 season is enough to question Derek Dooley's value as Tennessee's head coach, but even more embarrassing was losing to Kentucky.
The Wildcats were considered one of the SEC's worst teams, and the loss kept the Volunteers from reaching a bowl game.
Tennessee actually reached a bowl in Dooley's first season, but the Vols lost and finished 6-7.
So back-to-back losing seasons is well below UT standards, even if you have to take over in the aftermath of what Lane Kiffin left.
Even in three years at Louisiana Tech, Dooley went 17-20.
Tom O'Brien, North Carolina State
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At Boston College, Tom O'Brien earned a reputation as a no-nonsense coach who could deliver eight or nine wins every season.
He's still a no-nonsense guy who has delivered only two winning seasons since taking over in 2007.
His best season was 2010 when the Wildcats beat West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl to finish 9-4. But O'Brien ran off star quarterback Russell Wilson because he also liked to play baseball.
O'Brien and the Wolfpack regressed to 7-5 during the regular season, but did play well the second half of the season with wins over Clemson and North Carolina.
N.C. State closed out with a close 31-24 victory over Louisville in the Belk Bowl Tuesday to reach 8-5 with a team that doesn't have many seniors.
Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
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Tommy Tuberville just guided Texas Tech to its first losing season since 1992.
Under Mike Leach, the Red Raiders became accustomed to bowl games and explosive offenses.
While Tuberville was able to take Texas Tech into Norman, Okla., and upset the Sooners, his team also gave up 66 points to Baylor.
Tuberville's job is safe for at least one more season, but it seems the former SEC coach has learned winning in the Big 12 isn't much easier.
Skip Holtz, South Florida
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As the third-highest paid coach in the Big East, Skip Holtz is not living up to the paycheck.
South Florida went 5-7 in his second season with the Bulls, and he was supposed to deliver what Jim Leavitt couldn't—a Big East championship.
The Bulls were actually considered the most athletic team in the conference this season, but they finished 1-6 and tied with Syracuse for last place.
Even if South Florida wanted to part ways with Holtz, it probably couldn't afford to do it.
Kevin Wilson, Indiana
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Indiana gave Kevin Wilson a shot at being a head coach, and his first season was an all-around failure.
The Hoosiers didn't beat a single FBS program, and finished 0-8 in the Big Ten.
Wilson also lost his big-time quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel, who is now considering Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and LSU.
Kiel would have been a coup for Wilson, but it reflects poorly on the former Oklahoma offensive coordinator.
Randy Edsall, Maryland
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Sometimes the best move is to admit you made a mistake and move on from it.
That's what Maryland should do with Randy Edsall.
The Terrapins may not be relevant again until at least 2014 with the job Edsall did this season.
Players are leaving en masse, and recruiting is not going any better.
George O'Leary, UCF
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Is this guy still coaching?
He's had the resume snafu, and he didn't come out looking like a solid human being during the lawsuit trial by the family of Ereck Plancher, who died after a practice.
It's just time for George O'Leary to be done coaching.