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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Pac-12 Spring Coach Hot Seat Rankings

12. Chris Petersen, Washington

A second Pac-12 title in three years? A Rose Bowl appearance? Turning the program back into the star of the conference? How did someone else not snap up this guy from Boise State earlier?
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 10

11. David Shaw, Stanford

Somehow, he’s not an NFL head coach yet. The guy has won 76% of his games in eight seasons at Stanford. He continues to be among the best coaches in the game on an annual basis.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 12

10. Mike Leach, Washington State

He’s exactly what a Washington State head coach needs to be. Fun, exciting, offensive-mided, and good enough to make the football program just a relevant date on the schedule. It’s going to be tough to keep him around if he has another amazing year.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 8

9. Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Amazing for the Utah program, all that was missing was a Pac-12 South title and a trip to the conference championship. Check. There’s still more to do, but he’s among the steadiest head coaches in the game.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 7

8. Justin Wilcox, Cal

For the moment, as long as Wilcox has Cal competitive and in the mix for bowl games, he’s fine. He can survive one total clunker of a season and still be fine.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 6

7. Melvin Tucker, Colorado

There’s no major pressure on him in his first year, considering no one will expect anything more than five wins. Get to a bowl game, and Tucker’s first campaign will be a massive success.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: First Year

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6. Herm Edwards, Arizona State

It wasn’t a bad first season, considering few predicted anything more than doom and gloom. Edwards got ASU to a bowl game and beat Arizona, but the fan base will still be looking for more. If he has a losing campaign, then the curious hire will come back into question.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 1

5. Jonathan Smith, Oregon State

It’s only the second season, and he’ll absolutely get a third year no matter what. But going 2-10 and being the 12th-best team in a 12-team league isn’t going to cut it. There has to be some progress forward.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 3

4. Mario Cristobal, Oregon

Win, win, win, win, win, win, win. He has the talent, he has the quarterback, he has the experience. There’s absolutely no excuse to not win the Pac-12 title, and the preseason rankings will show why.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 2

3. Kevin Sumlin, Arizona

That’s not how it was supposed to work. It’s one thing to have a losing season, but it’s another to lose to Arizona State with bowl eligibility on the line. Worst of all, a Kevin Sumlin-coached team with Khalil Tate was sort of boring.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 5

2. Chip Kelly, UCLA

Kelly might be a college coaching legend from his short time as the Oregon head man, and he might have been an amazing get for UCLA, but absolutely no one saw a 3-9 first season. He won’t get fired even with another 3-9 year, but there had better be something special coming.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 9

1. Clay Helton, USC

Yeah, 2018 was supposed to be a rebuilding season, and yeah, he won 11 games and a Pac-12 title in 2017, but it’s never, ever, ever okay to go 5-7 at USC. The 21 wins in his previous two seasons helped him keep his gig, but there had better be a big rebound.
Last Season Pac-12 Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 4

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