College Football Hot Seat Rankings: WVU's Bill Stewart Makes Another Cameo

Tom PerryCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2010

College Football Hot Seat Rankings: WVU's Bill Stewart Makes Another Cameo

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers talks with his team during a timeout against the  Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers de
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    The count is up to two.

    That's right, two coaches who were pretty much staples on the hot seat this season have been fired. First it was Minnesota's Tim Brewster, and now North Texas ended the Todd Dodge experiment.

    So with two coaches officially off the hot seat because of unemployment, new faces are going to appear.

    This week, the Big East makes a splash as we welcome Connecticut's Randy Edsall and West Virginia's Bill Stewart to the party. Coincidentally, the Mountaineers travel to Connecticut for a Friday night game.

    So apparently, the winner could be in good shape later that night.

10. Randy Edsall, Connecticut

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Head coach Randy Edsall of the Connecticut Huskies looks on against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on October 8, 2010 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Last Week: NR
    2010 Record: 3-4

    This has been a season of big hopes, but very few results so far for Randy Edsall and Connecticut. The Huskies were thought by many to be Big East contenders.

    So much for that. UConn is at the bottom of the standings.

    Last week's shutout at the hands of Louisville isn't a total shock, considering the Huskies are essentially going with their third-string quarterback in Mike Box.

    Edsall was lauded for his handling of the Jasper Howard killing last year, but now he has to take the heat that comes with underachieving.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 0.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

9. Bill Stewart, West Virginia

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers watches his team take on the Florida State Seminoles during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Flori
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    Last Week: NR
    2010 Record: 5-2

    Just when Bill Stewart had the Mountaineers primed for a possible 11-1 season and easy run to a Big East championship, his team laid an egg in a 19-14 loss to two-touchdown underdog Syracuse.

    Stewart was blessed with this coaching opportunity — one he did not earn — and he's squandered it by getting out-coached by the likes of Doug Marrone.

    The heat in Morgantown not only was turned up on Stewart, but also on offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen.

    If the Mountaineers don't rebound and win the Big East, Stewart could be in trouble.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 1 (on a scale of 1-5)

8. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines yells at a player during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-2
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    Last Week: 8
    2010 Record: 5-2

    The bye week didn't hurt or help Rich Rodriguez.

    However, the beleaguered Michigan coach is about to begin a three-game stretch in which every game should be a win: at Penn State (Oct. 30), vs. Illinois (Nov. 6), at Purdue (Nov. 13).

    If the Wolverines are 8-2 before facing Wisconsin (Nov. 20) and visiting Ohio State (Nov. 27), Rodriguez should save his job.

    In fairness to Rodriguez, anyone who has watched this team in 2010 realizes that Michigan is probably a year away from being a serious contender. Defense is still a major concern though.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 2 (on a scale of 1-5)

7. Steve Fairchild, Colorado State

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    BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 06:  Head coach Steve Fairchild of the Colorado State Rams leads his team against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on September 6, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. The Rams defeated the Buffaloes 23-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Ge
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    Last Week: NR
    2010 Record: 2-6

    The Rams have played a tough schedule this season, so Steve Fairchild's future may get decided over the final four games of the season.

    If he can pull off a 3-1 mark, Fairchild may get to return to the sidelines at Colorado State for a fourth season.

    Fairchild is well liked at CSU but, with losses mounting, the goodwill may get him only so far with others who want to see better results on the field.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 2.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

6. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M

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    BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Mike Sherman of the Texas A&M Aggies leads his team against the Colorado Buffaloes during NCAA college football action at Folsom Field on November 7, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado defeated Texas A&M 35-34.  (Ph
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    Last Week: 5
    2010 Record: 4-3

    There were actually two positive things for Mike Sherman last weekend.

    First, his Aggies took care of business and whipped Kansas 45-10 in Lawrence for a good road victory. Second, Missouri defeated No. 1 Oklahoma, which made the loss to the Tigers a week earlier not so hard to understand.

    But can Sherman get the Aggies bowl eligible?

    Good luck with that one, coach, especially with this upcoming schedule — vs. Texas Tech (Oct. 30), vs. Oklahoma (Nov. 6), at Baylor (Nov. 13), vs. Nebraska (Nov. 20) and at Texas (Nov. 25).

    The season finale at Texas may actually be his best shot at a win.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 3 (on a scale of 1-5)

5. Neil Callaway, UAB

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 9:  Offensive coordinator Neil Callaway (center) and head coach Mark Richt (right) of the University of Georgia Bulldogs argue with a referee during the SEC game against the University of Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on Nove
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    Last Week: NR
    2010 Record: 2-5

    Neil Callaway had the Blazers prepared and primed for a big-time upset this past weekend, but Mississippi State still prevailed 29-24.

    That's twice this season that UAB has been on the brink of knocking off a team from the SEC only to go home with another loss.

    It's going to be tough for the Blazers to regroup this week as they travel to Southern Miss.

    However, UAB does have three potential victories still on the schedule — vs. Marshall (Nov. 6), vs. Memphis (Nov. 20) and at Rice (Nov. 27).

    Hot Seat-ometer: 3.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

4. Stan Parrish, Ball State

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    Last Week: 6
    2010 Record: 2-6

    In just his second season at Ball State, you would think there would be more patience with Stan Parrish.

    Problem is he took over a program that finished 12-2 in 2008 and there haven't been many victories since.

    If Ball State just won the games it was capable of, the Cardinals would probably be 4-4 right now.

    Attendance has dipped since Parrish took over and support is waning quickly. The only thing that might save his job is the difficulty the university might have in paying him his buyout clause.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 4 (on a scale of 1-5)

3. Dan Hawkins, Colorado

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    BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Dan Hawkins leads the Colorado Buffaloes against the Texas A&M Aggies during NCAA college football action at Folsom Field on November 7, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado defeated Texas A&M 35-34.  (Photo by Doug P
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    Last Week: 3
    2010 Record: 3-4

    Dan Hawkins has been on the hot seat for two-plus seasons now and it almost seems inevitable that he won't be coaching the Buffaloes when Colorado joins the Pac-12 next year.

    He entered the season on shaky ground, and now his starting quarterback is gone for the season. So who is that coming to the coach's rescue?

    None other than his son — senior quarterback Cody Hawkins. What a story that would make if the younger Hawkins could guide Colorado to a bowl game and save his dad's job.

    One small problem with that happy was Cody's ineffectiveness early in his career that put his father in this position now.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 4.5 (on a scale of 1-5)

2. Paul Wulff, Washington State

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    PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Head coach Paul Wulff of the Washington State Cougars argues with t he referees during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Image
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    Last Week: 2
    2010 Record: 1-7

    Another week and another loss for Washington State.

    There aren't many Paul Wulff supporters anywhere from Pullman to Seattle, but the only one that may matter is Washington State Athletic Director Bill Moos.

    Moos may not have a choice but to make a move. But if you've watched any of the Cougars' games lately you could make an argument that this team is getting better in Wulff's third season.

    He ranks so high because his teams just haven't won since he arrived. One more year would probably be the best gauge of Wulff, but he probably won't get the shot.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 5 (on a scale of 1-5)

1. Mike Locksley, New Mexico

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    Last Week: 1
    2010 Record: 0-7

    Seriously, this guy is still coaching football?

    Did New Mexico not see how easy it was for Minnesota and North Texas to make a move?

    Just pay him off, cover the costs of the moving vans and finally put an end this poor hiring decision.

    Hot Seat-ometer: 10 (on a scale of 1-5)


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