After Week 6, who’s feeling the heat and need a win now. Which five are on the hot seat?
The Les Miles firing now might be a cautionary tale – LSU played great against Missouri the week after its coach was canned. All it takes is one rough patch for a coach who was already under pressure, and there were plenty of tough losses this week to crank up the heat.
Remember, being on a hot seat doesn’t necessarily mean the guy’s going to be fired – but he might just need to come up with a big win as soon as humanly possible to take the pressure off. These coaches might not be canned if they don’t win big soon, but after what happened this weekend …
After Week 6 Coaches Hot Seat Top 5 Ranking
1. Charlie Strong, Texas
But here’s the crazy part about this – there seems to be a universal belief that if he can just get to next year, the pieces are there with a way-young defense to go along with a loaded offense. If his D could just tackle a little bit, this will all change, but the losing slide, and the loss to rival Oklahoma, have turned up the pressure. The one good thing? Tom Herman’s Houston team lost to Navy. That might cool things down a wee bit, but the Longhorns had better light up Iowa State.
2. Mark Helfrich, Oregon
It’s not just the four game losing streak that’s the massive problem – it’s giving up 121 points over the last two games. It’s going to be an ugly two weeks before having to go to Cal to deal with a team also in need of a big performance, but it doesn’t really matter – Oregon isn’t going to win the North. How embarrassing is this? It’s going to take something special just to go bowling.
3. Tim DeRuyer, Fresno State
The nightmare continues. The Bulldogs might have bottomed out a few weeks ago in the collapse at home to Tulsa, and they went to another level of yuck with a blowout loss at UNLV. At least they were competitive last week against Nevada, but they have yet to beat an FBS team.
4. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic
The loss to FIU last week gets thrown on the pile of problems, but its going to come down to the second half of the season with enough winnable games to potentially salvage the season. At some point, the program has to look like it’s going in the right direction.
5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
The meltdown continues. Kelly was one of the few things trending hotter on Twitter than anything Trump on Saturday, with his playcalling coming into major question in the ugly-in-all-ways loss to NC State. With this loss, and with Stanford, Miami, Navy, Army, Virginia Tech and USC to close things out, it’s going to take something amazing just to go bowling.
A big win would be really, really, really nice
Doc Holliday, Marshall; Sean Kugler, UTEP; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Brian Polian, Nevada