Seats Heating Up
Longshot. Herm Edwards – Arizona State
16. Major Applewhite – Houston
15. Chris Ash – Rutgers
14. Matt Viator – ULM
13. Mark Whipple – UMass
12. Mike Jinks – Bowling Green
11. Mike Neu – Ball State
10. Scottie Montgomery – East Carolina
9. Bob Davie – New Mexico
8. Everett Withers – Texas State
After a 2-10 season with the only wins being against Coastal Carolina and Houston Baptist, it is hard not to put Everett Withers on the hot seat. I am a big proponent of hiring FCS Head Coaches (Withers was formerly the head coach at James Madison), but with 4-20 record over his two years at Texas State, and another losing season looking likely, this one just might not work out.
7. Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech
Paul Johnson has been the type of guy that I think should have been gone long ago. Johnson is a very good coach, he has brought the Yellow Jackets to multiple NY6 bowls and he should have a power five job somewhere, just not at Georgia Tech. Having an option offense kills your recruiting which is the last thing you want to do when sitting on a hotbed for talent like Atlanta, he should go coach somewhere out West that needs help building a brand like Oregon State, but Georgia Tech would be much better off with a more traditional coach that can recruit the area to it’s fullest potential.
6. Ed Orgeron – LSU
Many in the college football media were left scratching their head when LSU decided to strip the interim label from Ed Orgeron’s position coaching the Tigers. Orgeron went 9-4 in his first full year with the team, but the folks down in Baton Rouge have national championship level expectations that won’t be met with that type of season year in and year out, Orgeron is 0-2 against Alabama in his two years coaching against the Tide, another thing that has upset fans.
5. Kalani Sitake – BYU
Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU was doing very well as an independent, but now, after a 4-9 season in year two for Kalani Sitake, people are calling for the Cougars to go back to the Mountain West, which surely wouldn’t be happening if they were still winning nine games every year. The offense was dynamic under Mendenhall and now it is one of the worst in the country, anything short of a bowl would mean Sitake should start to get worried.
4. Kliff Kingsbury – Texas Tech
Kliff Kingsbury has gone 30-33 in his five years with the Red Raiders, and has made a bowl three out of those five years. For comparison, in the five years before Klingsbury’s arrival, Texas Tech went 41-23. It is very likely that without a victory over Texas in the final week of the season, Klingsbury would have been part of my coaching carousel article, but he gets one more chance this year to prove his worth, and I am certainly cheering for him.
3. Brad Lambert – Charlotte
I mean, Brad Lambert inherited one of the worst programs in the country. Before his arrival, the 49ers hadn’t had a football program since the 1940’s, and in their first two years as a startup in the FCS, Lambert coached them to a 10-12 mark, but in the three years since, all in the FBS, the 49ers have gone a woeful 7-29. At some point, you just have to make a change. Because of it’s great location in an emerging recruiting hotbed, Charlotte will be a G5 contender someday, just maybe not under Brad Lambert.
2. Lovie Smith – Illinois
Hiring Lovie Smith was always a weird idea, but the former Chicago Bears head coach spurred up the fanbase and generated waves in the recruiting game. The only problem, he has not been delivering on the field. Smith has gone 5-19 in his first two years with the Illini, including 12 straight losses against Big Ten foes. A bowl bid for the 2018 campaign seems unlikely, so it will be interesting to see if Illinois keeps him on.
1. David Beaty – Kansas
Well, this one was quite obvious. Kansas has been the worst team for the power five for a while. Under David Beaty, Kansas has gone 1-27 against power-five teams (the only win over a flailing Texas team once the writing was on the wall for Charlie Strong’s firing), 0-5 against group of five teams, and 2-1 against FCS teams (yeah!). There is no reason a power-five team should be as bad as Kansas is, and while it would be near impossible for anyone to turn this around, it may be time to give someone else a try if Beaty can’t put together more than one FBS victory.