Coaches On The Hot Seat: No, No, NO, They Won’t Get Fired, But … WIN NOW
5. John Bonamego, Central Michigan
He’s not in any real trouble.
There’s no more Central Michigan guy than Bonamego, and this is a rebuilding year, but at some point it would be a plus to come up with a win over an FBS team.
The Chippewas beat Maine, and that’s been it, dropping a tight 24-23 home game to Ball State to start the year 1-6. With Western Michigan up next, it’s a key home game with three of the last four games on the road.
The defense hasn’t been that bad, and the games have been competitive, but still, 1-6 is 1-6. Again, through, he not going anywhere after going to three bowl games in his first three seasons at the helm.
4. Brent Brennan, San Jose State
At some point, you have to actually win a game.
Yeah, Army has a funky offense that no one is stopping, but losing 52-3 at home still hurts.
Yeah, the Spartans were competitive against Hawaii in a 44-41 loss, weren’t bad in the loss to Oregon, and have been mostly competitive. but Brennan is 2-17 so far. He’ll get this year and next year, but there has to be a win in a big, big hurry.
3. Tony Sanchez, UNLV
It seems like UNLV is so, SO close.
The team kept improving under Sanchez, winning three games in 2015, then four, then five, and now … there’s a problem.
It had the running game with QB Armani Rogers and RB Lexington Thomas, but Rogers got hurt, and the defense has gone bye-bye in what’s quickly turning into a lost season. The last two weeks, the Rebels lost to New Mexico and Utah State by a combined score of 109 to 42.
The two wins so far? UTEP – the worst team in college football – and Prairie View A&M. With Air Force and at San Jose State up next, this is when the wins have to start to turn the year around. But with a run of three road games in four dates approaching, it’s going to be tough.
2. Bobby Petrino, Louisville
Boston College might be okay, but it didn’t have star RB AJ Dillon, and it still ran wild on the Louisville defense for a 38-20 win.
And now, the Cardinals are 2-5 with road games at Clemson and Syracuse to deal with, along with home games against Wake Forest, NC State and Kentucky.
Of course Petrino is a great head coach, but with the loss he’s not lost five games in three of the last four years as the Cardinal head man. To take this a bit further, going back to the start of his run at Arkansas in 2008, he has lost four games or more in eight of his last ten seasons.
And this year, he’s almost certainly going to have just his second losing campaign in 14 years of coaching, the first being that 5-7 first run rebuilding the Hogs.
1. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Yeah, he took Auburn to within a whisker of winning a national championship in his first year, and yeah, he came within a win over Georgia of going to the College Football Playoff last season.
But after getting rolled over by Tennessee at home, and with two straight losses, it’s looking more and more like it’ll be fourth season in the last five with five or more losses.
The Tigers are 4-3 with road games at Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama interspersed with home dates against Texas A&M and Liberty.
Forget about another SEC West title at this point – that’s long gone. Unless the offense is better, there’s an off-chance the Tigers won’t even go bowling.