This is a holding area for the jobs that don’t have set head coaches. The ones who get these five jobs will obviously all be in the Won’t Get Fired category for at least the next two years, but for the immediate moment …
20. Matt Canada, Maryland
19. Carl Pelini, Bowling Green
18. Kurt Roper, Colorado
17. Lorenzo Ward, Louisville
16. Chris Woods, Texas State
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These coaches are in the midst of rough runs. Some of them will soon get paid handsomely to not be coaching football anymore at their respective schools.
15. Frank Wilson, UTSA
He’ll last through next year after some strong recruiting classes are expected to payoff, but after a year with one of the nation’s worst offenses in a three-win campaign – the pressure is on. The Roadrunners lost their last five games in ugly blowouts, scoring 13 total points in four of them, and 17 in the other.
14. Doug Martin, New Mexico State
It’s a tough situation being thrown out of the Sun Belt and into the world of the independents, and the guy took the program to a historic 2017 season with the first bowl appearance since 1960. However, if the Aggies don’t beat Liberty this weekend, it’ll be his fifth season in six years with three wins or fewer.
13. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa
It’s not just that the Golden Hurricane aren’t good; it’s that they’re not explosive. This is supposed to be a high-octane program under the former Baylor offensive coordinator, but it’s about to be a second straight 2-10 season.
12. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
The team has been interesting, but it’s also going to finish with the losing season for the third time in four years. The guy remade the program and turned it into a thing in the FCS world, but the success hasn’t been there since what seemed like a breakthrough ten-win 2016 season.
11. Mark Whipple, UMass
He made UMass a D-IAA powerhouse in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but took off in 2003 to work in the NFL. He came back to try resurrecting the program, and … five straight losing seasons, no more than four wins in any of them, and a 16-42 record.