After Week 7, who’s feeling the heat and need a win now. Which five are on the hot seat?
The coaching carousel is about to get spinning faster and faster, and now it’s looking more and more like a few coaches will to need something special over the second half of the season to survive.
So who’s worrying and who needs a big win or three now?
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.
After Week 7 Coaches Hot Seat Top 5 Ranking
1. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Seriously? Stanford didn’t even have Christian McCaffrey. The Cardinal passing game was anemic, so the Irish got roasted by Bryce Love in an ugly overall performance. DeShone Kizer couldn’t handle a shaky Cardinal secondary, got replaced, and Malik Zaire couldn’t fight the lighter, much less provide a spark. This team isn’t going to beat USC. It’s not going to beat Miami or Virginia Tech. At best, it’ll be 4-8 unless something big changes in a hurry.
2. Mark Helfrich, Oregon
How do you know you’re on a hot seat? When GameDay sends the Voice of Perpetual Poignant Sorrow, Tom Rinaldi, to Eugene to do a piece on the head coach being on a hot seat. With two weeks off to let the grouchiness grow after a four game losing streak and an 0-3 start in the Pac-12, the Scott Frost Watch will be on if the Ducks can’t beat Cal.
3. Tim DeRuyer, Fresno State
The Bulldogs continue to fight the good fight, and they’re trying hard, but they’re just not doing anything positive. The offense went nowhere against San Diego State in the sixth loss this year, and now it’s to the road to play Utah State and Colorado State wrapped around a date against Air Force. The team just needs to start showing signs of improvement that aren’t there right now.
4. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic
Normally, losing to Marshall on the road wouldn’t matter, but everyone’s been getting fat on the Herd D. Throw in the losses to FIU, Ball State and Charlotte, and not only if FAU continuing to lose, but it’s losing to teams that are really, really bad. Up next? Western Kentucky. Yippee.
5. Charlie Strong, Texas
No. 1 on the list last week, Strong looked like he was absolutely done in Austin at halftime of the Iowa State game. The team stepped up in the second half on the way to an easy win, and now there’s a chance to ease his way out of the hot seat world altogether if the Longhorns can beat Kansas State and Baylor over the next few weeks. The schedule isn’t all that bad – if you buy into the plan of beating undefeated Baylor and West Virginia teams in Austin.
A big win would be really, really, really nice
David Bailiff, Rice; Ron Caragher, San Jose State; Sean Kugler, UTEP; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Brian Polian, Nevada; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona