After Week 3, several coaches are feeling the heat and need a win now. Which five are on the hot seat?
Who’s in desperate need of a win this coming week? Who’s feeling the hot seat and who’s in big trouble? 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 3 Coaches Hot Seat Top 5 Ranking
1. Ron Turner, Florida International
The Golden Panthers pushed Indiana at home in the opener providing some semblance of hope that this would be a big season. Losing to Maryland wasn’t any big deal – it’s a loss to a Big Ten team, fine – but to get tagged with a 21-13 loss to UMass is never, ever going to be okay.
The next two weeks against UCF and Florida Atlantic should determine Turner’s future. Going 0-5 – and starting out his FIU career 10-35 – would bad enough if that happened, but losing to two in-state Group of 5 programs would make it extra awful. He’ll get time in conference play, but a loss to FAU would be a disaster.
2. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
Yeah, the offense put up 62 points on the board against New Mexico State. The defense allowed 42 and it was way too much of a fight to beat a bad Aggie team. Beat South Carolina this week, or with a trip to Alabama to follow it’ll be a 1-4 start, all while that other team in the state is crushing and killing everything in its path.
3. Clay Helton, USC
It’s not like Helton was hailed as the next big thing head coach when he got the full-time-gig. Alabama and Stanford might end up in the College Football Playoff, but this is USC – it’s supposed to be the one beating the Crimson Tide and Cardinal by a combined score of 77-16. Lose to Utah to start the year 1-3, and AD Lynn Swann will be feeling the heat to do something bold.
4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
There’s no real shame in losing to Clemson and Texas A&M, unless you’re at home for your first five games, and unless you’re supposed to be an offensive wizard and your offense is a flaming bucket of whiz. Being within driving distance of the No. 1 team in the country doesn’t help, either. Beat LSU, and all of a sudden the hot seat shifts over the guy in Baton Rouge with the hat.
5. Darrell Hazell, Purdue
After a 1-2 start with an ugly double-digit loss to Cincinnati, a loss to Nevada would be absolutely disastrous. The Boilermakers had a week off to prepare and have to go on the road for three of their next four games. It stinks that this might be a win-or-else game, but this is a win-or-else game.
A big win would be really, really, really nice
Steve Addazio, Boston College; David Beaty, Kansas; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma