Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On The Hot Seat: Week 7

1. Mike Locksley—Mike Locksley is 1-17 during his tenure in Albuquerque. To make matters worse, the Lobos were beaten by a previously winless New Mexico State team in Week 6. Mike Locksley is now 0-2 against his instate rival. This is getting crazy; my suspicion is that the University of New Mexico does not have the money to buy-out Locksley, or they fear firing a black coach in a politically correct world.
2. Paul Wulff—Washington State got smashed by Oregon and Arizona the past two weeks and should expect the same from Stanford this coming Saturday. Wulff is 4-28 all time at Wazzu. Two of those four wins were actually FBS schools. Paul Wulff can expect a pink slip by the end of the season.
3. Rich Rodriguez—Michigan has gone 0-2 over the past two weeks, losing to instate rival Michigan State and Iowa. The Wolverines can’t match up against real competition. Dick Rod has never beaten either of Michigan’s rivals.
4. Dan Hawkins—Dan Hawkins looked to be silencing the doubters after the Buffaloes beat Georgia two and a half weeks ago. The subsequent two weeks were loses to conference foes Missouri and Baylor. Hawkins is climbing back up the hot seat with a 0-2 start to Big 12 play. Three of Colorado’s last six games are against ranked opponents. It is not looking good for Coach Hawkins.
5. Ron Zook—The Illini look somewhat competitive this year; they trounced on the Nittany Lions 33-13 at Beaver Stadium. The following week they lost to Michigan State 26-6. The jury is still out on Ron Zook; if he can get the Illini to a bowl game, he may be able to skirt into 2011.
6. Dennis Erickson—Arizona State got its first win over an FBS school on October 9. The Sun Devils are 3-3 and 1-2 in the Pac-10. Dennis Erickson is 22-21 in his fourth season at Arizona State.
7. Bob Toledo—Toledo is 11-31 in his fourth season at Tulane. The Green Wave is 2-4 so far this season and look to be well on their way to their eighth consecutive losing season.
8. Neil Callaway—The UAB Blazers are 2-4 overall. Neil Callaway is 13-29 in his fourth year as the Blazers’ skipper. Callaway has never had a winning season in Birmingham, and it is unlikely the 2010 campaign will be any different.
9. Mark Richt—The Bulldogs started 1-4 but have been able to get back-to-back blowout wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt the past two weeks. If Richt can lay the wood to Kentucky Saturday, he may be able to get himself off the hot seat and into a bowl spot.
10. Ron English—The Eagles were able to beat Ball State in overtime last Saturday to get the first win of the Ron English era. For this, I’ll drop Ron English to the ten-spot. Wins are hard to come by in Ypsilanti. The Eagles are 1-18 during the Ron English era.
Waiting list: Mike Sherman, DeWayne Walker, David Bailiff
Fired: Tim Brewster, Todd Dodge

We will revisit On The Hot Seat after Week 9.

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