Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On The Hot Seat: Week 5

1. Mike Locksley—Locksley is now 0-5 this season and 1-16 overall. New Mexico hasn’t even been competitive in any of its five losses. There are rumors that the Lobos have been in negotiations with Mike Leach.
2. Tim Brewster—Minnesota hasn’t won a game since the season opener they barely won against MTSU. The Golden Gophers are 1-4 and likely not going to a bowl. There is no way Brewster will avoid the chopping block.
3. Mark Richt—The Bulldogs’ skipper is 1-4 this season, his only win coming over Louisiana-Lafayette. Georgia is 0-3 in the SEC and won’t be relevant other than as a spoiler. To make matters worse, the Bulldogs lost to Colorado last Saturday. Colorado fans stormed the field, adding further insult to what will likely be Mark Richt’s first losing season at Georgia.
4. Paul Wulff—Washington State is 1-4 (beating Montana State by 1) The Cougars have not beaten an FBS school since September 19, 2009. With ranked opponents in Oregon and Arizona the next two weeks, things look to get only worse.
5. Ron Zook—Ron Zook is sitting at 2-2 this season. The Illini have beaten two teams lower in the pecking order, but have not beaten a school from a BCS conference this year. Zook moves down the hot seat a few spots since the Illini lost to the Buckeyes last Saturday in a somewhat competitive game.
6. Dennis Erickson—The Sun Devils are 2-3 this season with the two wins coming over FCS schools Northern Arizona and Portland State. The Sun Devils have proven to be just as lackluster as the past two seasons. Erickson is 21-21 in his fourth season at Arizona State.
7. Todd Dodge—High school coaching phenomenon Todd Dodge is 1-4 this season at North Texas. The North Texas program is a long way off from its peak in 2002-2004. The Mean Green has been hindered by injuries more than any other team in the FBS. Hopefully Dodge’s critics will take that into account
8. Ron English—English is 0-17 during his tenure at Eastern Michigan. The Eastern Michigan program is abysmal and does not have much to work with, but English needs to muster a win sooner than later.
9. Dan Hawkins—Dan Hawkins continues to move down the hot seat with a 3-1 campaign no one in Boulder saw coming. Last week’s 29-27 win over Georgia was huge for Hawkins. With the non-conference schedule finished, the Buffaloes need to run the Big 12 gauntlet and get to a bowl, or else Hawkins may be handing out resumes.
10. Rich Rodriguez—It looks as if Dick Rod can avoid the pink slip if he can keep winning. The Wolverines have not defeated anybody above mediocre yet and were not far off from being 2-3. Remember, last year Michigan did not beat an FBS opponent in its final eight games last season.
Waiting list: Neil Callaway, DeWayne Walker, Les Miles
Off the hot seat: Ralph Friedgen, Butch Davis

We will revisit On The Hot Seat after Week 7.

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