Which coaches are on the hottest seat and under the most pressure after Week 2 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 are 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
It was bad enough to get obliterated by Liberty in Week 1, but to lose a Conference USA game to FIU in Week 2 really stings. With three of the next four games on the road – and the home date against Virginia Tech – the disappointing start could go to another level, fast. After going 5-7 in 2017, the program needs the longtime head man to come up with a few good wins.
4. Doug Martin, New Mexico State
Will the program want to go a different direction now that it’s an independent? No – he’s probably a whole lot safer than this considering what he’s had to deal with – but it would be nice to get a few wins after a miserable 0-3 start. The fun of taking the team to a bowl game last year is gone now, getting blown out in the first three games of this year 137-30. With the rivalry date with New Mexico up next, and winnable games against UTEP and Liberty to follow, it’ll be an important two weeks for the season.
3. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
It was going to be a tough run no matter what to start the season against Oregon and Maryland, but there were signs of life before the team melted down late. However, now Jinks is 6-20 in just over two seasons. With Eastern Kentucky and Miami University up next, the Falcons have to start out 2-2 with road games at Georgia Tech and Toledo to follow.
2. Chuck Martin, Miami University
He was able to get the RedHawks to a bowl game in 2016, but he also has four losing seasons in four year with a 16-35 record. There are players in Oxford, and he has made the program better, but after losing to Marshall to start the season, and with a shutout loss to Cincinnati, this was a disastrous start with three of the next four and five of the next seven games on the road. There’s a trip to Minnesota up next and a likely 0-3 start. Lose at Bowling Green to follow, and there’s a problem.
1. Larry Fedora, North Carolina
East Carolina started out the season with a 28-23 loss to North Carolina A&T, and then it turned into Clemson with a 41-19 win over North Carolina – no A&T.
Yes, the Tar Heels have bunch of silly NCAA suspensions to deal with, and yes, it’s yet another rebuilding year, but now Fedora is on a horrible run going 3-13 in his last 16 games going back to the end of 2016.
Of course there’s time to turn this all around once he gets all the parts back – he needs better quarterback play – but with UCF, Pitt, at Miami and Virginia Tech coming up next, there could be a big, big problem.