After Week 8, who’s feeling the heat and need a win now. Which five are on the hot seat?
Purdue launched Darrell Hazell before its game with Nebraska last week, Tim DeRuyter was canned at Fresno State, and soon, coaching carousel season will kick into high gear. Which five coaches desperately need to close out the season strong? Welcome to the five coaches most in danger of losing their gigs – or are about to start feeling even more pressure, even if they’re not going to get fired.
After Week 8 Coaches Hot Seat Top 5 Ranking
1. Mark Helfrich, Oregon
And now the big man is involved. What does Phil Knight want at this point? Oregon was certainly competitive against Cal and came close to pulling off a potentially season-changing win, but the Ducks are now 2-5, 0-4 in the Pac-12, and almost certain to miss out on a bowl game. It doesn’t seem like there needs to be too much tweaking on offense, but the defense under DC Brady Hoke has yet to show up.
2. Charlie Strong, Texas
Yeah, even the apologists are having a rough time now. It was asking for too much for a breakthrough season and a possible run to the Big 12 title, but it’s going to take something special just to get to six wins and a bowl game. That might happen, but after the tough loss to Kansas State it’s time to start looking around for real.
3. Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic
The Owls got a week off, and now they need to come back roaring. The offense has scored just 157 points on the year as the last place team in the Conference USA East, and it had better work fast with WKU up next. Fortunately, Rice – the other team without a C-USA win – comes up after.
4. Steve Addazio, Boston College
The Eagles are still alive for a bowl hunt with winnable battles against UConn and Wake Forest ahead, but to get a 13th game they also need to break the hex of a brutal ACC losing streak that goes back to 2014. The offense – especially the passing game – was abysmal in the loss to Syracuse, and now the defense isn’t even stepping up.
5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
He’s getting the dreaded votes of confidence from several spots, but no matter how the rest of the season goes, there has to be something positive. This is way too good a team to not be in the hunt for a win over Miami, and in just about every game the rest of the way, but the team needs to be recharged after the week off.
A big win would be really, really, really nice
David Bailiff, Rice; Ron Caragher, San Jose State; Paul Haynes, Kent State; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Sean Kugler, UTEP; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Jim Mora Jr., UCLA; Brian Polian, Nevada; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona