Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 1 of the college football season?
Being on the hot seat isn’t just about potentially being fired. It’s also about needing a really, really big win just to keep the pitchforks and torches away.
The hot seat rankings this year will be done two ways. First, the five coaches who are in huge trouble and need a win for job security, and then the five coaches who won’t get canned, but could use something positive … fast.
Coaches On The Hot Seat: Win, Or Else
5. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
After a disappointing 2017, this is when the Monarchs are supposed to be in the bowl hunt again – and they still might be. They have young talent, they have depth in key spots, and they have a 52-10 loss to Liberty to start the season. That’s okay – in their first game as an FBSer, that was a fired up Flames team with a hot offense – but with Virginia Tech up soon, ODU had better beat FIU and Charlotte over the next two weeks.
4. Randy Edsall, UConn
UCF is going to do that to just about everyone on its schedule. The Knights ripped through UConn’s defense like tissue paper, cranking up over 650 yards of offend in the 56-17 win. It’s fine – again, it’s UCF – but it was on national TV on a Thursday night in Hartford.
In a new year, at home, this was when the Huskies were at least going to be competitive after a 3-9 first year under Edsall. With a trip to Boise State next as part of a run of four road games in six dates, it’s going to take something special to avoid a disastrous first half.
3. Everett Withers, Texas State
After two 2-10 seasons, Withers needs a hot start – or anything positive – to show that the program is in the right direction. Instead, the offense managed just 169 yards of total offense in the 35-7 loss to Rutgers. The Bobcats were supposed to lose, but with winnable games against Texas Southern, South Alabama, UTSA and Louisiana up next, this is when they need to produce.
2. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina
East Carolina won 28 games and went to three straight bowl games from 2013 to 2015 – that wasn’t all that long ago. Montgomery came aboard in 2016 to turn the program around after a disappointing 2015, but so far the Pirates have come up with just two straight 3-9 seasons.
The passing game worked in the 28-23 loss to North Carolina A&T, but three turnovers – including a late pick in the end zone – sealed the upset. That might be a good Aggie team, but it’s also an FCS program. With North Carolina, at Virginia Tech and at USF to follow, the Montgomery era will likely start out 6-22 before – and 0-4 in 2018 – before facing Old Dominion.
1. David Beaty, Kansas
He got a contract extension this offseason that carries him through 2021, and with a team full of veterans and a few Big 12 stars, there was plenty of hope to kick things off. After all, the Jayhawks couldn’t be any worse after starting out 3-33 in three years.
And then they managed just 254 yards of total offense in an overtime home loss to Nicholls State.
There’s still hope. There’s experience, and there really are a few strong talents to build around, but Beaty could desperately use wins at Central Michigan and at home against Rutgers before starting the Big 12 season.