Hot Seat Rankings: Lane Kiffin, Randy Wittman and More Coaches in Trouble

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 26, 2012

Hot Seat Rankings: Lane Kiffin, Randy Wittman and More Coaches in Trouble

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    The axe draws near for this collection of head coaches who are leading their respective teams to nowhere, and leading them there rather quickly. 

    With that, we bring you our weekly power ranking of the powerless, a breakdown of the hottest seats in sports. 

    From the NBA to the college gridiron, we have you covered on who should be seeing the door rather quickly.  

    Of course, there are bound to be some exclusions in a list covering the wide swath of sports, so sound off in the comments section with your own candidates. 

    Let's take a look at those hot seats. 

Coaches Fired

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    It's been well over a week since we last delivered the harsh realities of losing ball games, so we have a lot of coaches to get to. 

    John L. Smith (previous rank No. 7): He was given an awful opportunity when he took over the Arkansas gig amid scandal. Still, there was no way the program could continue down the losing road. 

    Jeff Tedford (previous rank No. 4): Well, he certainly left the program better off than when he found it, just not by much. 

    Gene Chizik (previously unranked): This was a surprise when you consider he is only a couple years removed from winning a national title. It proves no coach is safe from the axe. 

    Tom O'Brien (previously unranked): Inconsistencies marked an impatient program. 

7. Norv Turner

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    I have resisted putting Norv Turner on the rankings before largely because this man seems to be granted a stay of execution from on high.

    Really, he should have been tossed a long time ago considering the horribly inconsistent production from this team through the last few years. 

    I don't want to miss a firing I am sure is coming any week now, so we welcome him to our grandiose breakdown. 

    This past weekend, the Chargers continues the theme of beating horrible teams but losing to everyone else, dropping one in overtime to the Ravens. It's the team's third loss in a row and a sign things are not about to get any rosier in San Diego. 

6. Lawrence Frank

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    The Pistons are 3-7 in their last ten, which is actually a step in the right direction considering they started the season with eight losses. 

    Something tells me the team who ranks 25th in scoring and 17th in defense is about to get their head coach canned. 

5. Andy Reid

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    I'm going to assume the Eagles are interested in shoring up a nice fat pick and are only keeping the Walrus around for precisely that reason. 

    The Eagles have now dropped six straight games and sit at the bottom of the NFC East with a 3-7 record. Things could be worse in Philadelphia, but not by much. 

4. Lane Kiffin

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    It really wasn't supposed to be like this. USC was supposed to come out of the gate and just dominate, but have instead faltered, flubbed and failed. 

    The latest was a loss to Notre Dame. On one side of the field was a team defying odds and playing into the National Championship game. 

    On the other was Lane Kiffin, a man who is no longer the sure thing fans thought he might have been when the team was playing under restrictions. 

    Five losses may be far more failure than is employable at the former No. 1 program. 

3. Romeo Crennel

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    The last time the Chiefs won a game, the nation was still deciding on a president, I was five pounds lighter and Chiefs fans were still hopeful. 

    The Chiefs have lost eight straight games since that time and fans from every walk of life are turning on them. I would say Crennel's services are no longer needed, but have trouble remembering what those services are exactly. 

2. Randy Wittman

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    Scream all you want, Randy Wittman. Nobody is listening. 

    The Washington Wizards head coach seemed like a good man to keep around when Flip Saunders failed miserably to start the 2011-2012 season. 

    When you consider Saunders was shown out after going 2-15, you have to think Wittman's time is near as the team stumbles to an 0-11 start. 

1. Rex Ryan

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    Thanksgiving night's debacle didn't mark the beginning of the end for Rex Ryan. No, that happened long ago. 

    Rather, it marked the high point in hilarity that is the 2012 New York Jets who have become the laughingstock of the NFL. 

    As we all know, laughingstocks do not keep their coaches employed for very long. 

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