2017 Hot Seat Coach Rankings: Week 1
Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 1 of the college football season?
Hot Seat Rankings
Being on a hot seat isn’t just about potentially being fired, it’s about having to win to avoid a mountain of pressure.
Remember, it’s not that easy to simply fire a big-name head coach – there has to be a massive payout to get rid of the top stars. And, of course, a new head coach isn’t going to get fired right away, but after a big loss or two, he’s going to hear it.
With that in mind, the Hot Seat Rankings after Week 1 are …
5. Matt Rhule, Baylor
The Bears are undergoing a massive change both on the field and in public perception, but for the guy with the defensive coaching background to get 48 dropped on him in a loss to Liberty, this wasn’t an okay opening act.
4. Tom Herman, Texas
Before getting into a twist over this, read the intro.
The national championships and Big 12 dominance might have to wait a little while.
Some will give Herman a wee bit of a break by blaming the loss to Maryland on what he inherited from Charlie Strong. Nah – the Longhorns flat blew it. A win at USC in a few weeks, though, would make this all disappear.
Obviously, Herman isn’t on any sort of a firing type of hot seat for at least two years – if he struggles – but the last thing he and the fan base wants is for a mega-distraction of being a national storyline with more early losses.
3. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina
After a 3-9 first season with the team crashing after a solid start, Montgomery needed his team to come out roaring. Instead, it got blown out by an FCS school. To be very, very fair, James Madison is the No. 1 FCS team, but East Carolina isn’t supposed to lose to a team from the lower level by 20 points.
2. Tony Sanchez, UNLV
He’s doing everything right but winning. The Las Vegas high school coaching legend is starting to bring in more and more good players, he has a young talent in QB Armani Rogers to build around, and there were plenty of positive vibes despite going 7-17 in his first two seasons – and then his team started out 2017 getting hit with the biggest upset in college football history.
FBS vs. FCS lines are always sketchy, but Howard was supposedly a 45-point underdog before beating the Rebels.
1. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
The Texas A&M vs. UCLA game was going to be a hot seat problem for the losing head coach no matter what, but to lose like that takes things to a whole other level.
But this is more difficult than it might seem.
If A&M wanted to get rid of Sumlin, it would cost roughly $12 million or so. And then there’s the Texas A&M Might Be Good Factor.
The Aggies were great before getting gassed in Pasadena, and there but for a few missed plays and shocking bad luck, they would’ve gotten out with a great win.
Sumlin isn’t getting fired any time soon – Nicholls State and Louisiana-Lafayette are up next – but beating Arkansas on September 23rd to kick off the SEC season would make things a whole lot easier.
Others In Range
One big loss or a misfire and there could be big, big problems. These coaches could uses an impressive win. Now. Remember, being on a hot seat doesn’t necessarily mean he’s about to be fired.
Gary Andersen, Oregon State; David Bailiff, Rice; Todd Graham, Arizona State; Sean Kugler, Lance Leipold, Buffalo; UTEP; Lovie Smith, Illinois