19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 14. Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Conference

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 14. Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Conference

Hot Seat Coach Rankings

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 14. Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Conference

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Big Ten Spring Coach Hot Seat Rankings

14. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

The guy got North-freaking-western to the Big Ten Championship. It’s a minor miracle he’s not the new head coach of the Green Bay Packers. There might be another gig out there for him, but the school will do anything to keep him.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 10

13. Scott Frost, Nebraska

Going 4-8 again won’t play, but even a bad Year Two would likely be seen as part of the rebuilding process. He’s The Guy … it would take several bad years to put him on any sort of a hot seat.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 13

12. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

The only head coach in college football who’s been with his team since before the 2000 season, Ferentz is Iowa football. As long as he gets the Hawkeyes to a decent bowl, there’s no pressure.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 14

11. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

The only concern now is consistency. From three wins in 2016, to ten in 2017, to no offense whatsoever in a seven-win 2018, the Spartans have been all over the map. Even so, Dantonio is rock-solid in the gig – as long as there isn’t another 3-9 coming up.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking:  5

10. Jeff Brohm, Purdue

Don’t underappreciate just how ecstatic everyone around the program is to not lose the guy to Louisville. He could have two miserable years and still be fine.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 11

9. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin

This will be an interesting year. After a massively disappointing 2018, this is a wee bit of a rebuilding year, at least on offense. With Nebraska rising up, and Northwestern winning the division last season, there’s pressure to take back the West
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 12

8. Mike Locksley, Maryland

Considering his last head coaching gig at New Mexico was an all-timer of a disaster, a horrible first season at Maryland would be a big concern. This is a good enough team to go bowling, and the new guy has to get it there.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: First Year

7. P.J. Fleck, Minnesota

The act is wearing thin, but he beat Wisconsin and he got the Gophers to a bowl and won it. Even so, it’s Year Three – this is when Minnesota is supposed to be make a big move.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 6

6. James Franklin, Penn State

Chronically underappreciated, his only issue is being in the same division as Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. Penn State fans might want a College Football Playoff appearance, and ten wins are a must, but he could withstand one bad year.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 9

5. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

Three ten-win seasons in four isn’t enough. No, everyone, he’s never going to be fired – you don’t just go on if you’re and Jim Harbaugh isn’t the answer – but with Urban Meyer gone, now it’s time to finally get over the Buckeye hump and get to the Big Ten Championship.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 1

4. Tom Allen, Indiana

As the Indiana head football coach, you might get two 5-7 seasons with two straight losses to Purdue with bowl eligibility on the line. You don’t get a third.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 3

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3. Lovie Smith, Illinois

Three years of going young, and three years of building, Smith is going hard after transfers to help finally produce a winning season and a bowl game. On the plus side, he had his best win total last season. Unfortunately, he went 4-8.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 2

2. Ryan Day, Ohio State

A first year coach can’t be on a hot seat? Don’t lose to Michigan, win the Big Ten title, go to the College Football Playoff. With this team and this schedule, anything less would be a huge disappointment. Day certainly wouldn”t get fired with a bad year, but … see Luke Fickell’s 6-7 2011 season.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: First Year

1. Chris Ash, Rutgers

He’s fighting the good fight and doing everything possible in a tough situation, but … three seasons, 7-29, uh-oh.
Last Season Big Ten Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 4

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