1. Paul Wulff—Paul Wulff has the lowest winning percentage of any Washington State head coach in the history of the program, .139. Washington State faces Washington in the Apple Cup Saturday. Win or lose, Wulff is probably fired. Winning the Apple Cup is his last gasp at trying to save his job.
2. Mike Locksley—Mike Locksley is 2-22 after two horrendous seasons. The only thing holding the University of New Mexico back from canning this guy is the contract they signed him to: $4.5 million across six years. Right now, it would cost $3 million to buy him out. What idiot wrote up such a lucrative deal for an unproven head coach? I guess the Lobos are guaranteed to be the Mountain West doormat for a few more years.
3. Bob Toledo—Bob Toledo is 13-35 after four seasons at Tulane. With a 4-8 record this season, Toledo matched his best season, 2007. After four losing seasons, the Green Wave need to wave goodbye.
4. Neil Callaway—Neil Callaway is 15-33 in four seasons at UAB. UAB has not gone to a bowl during Callaway’s tenure, nor finished better than fourth in the C-USA West during those four years. Legion Field has been a ghost town. UAB needs to bring in a coach that can reinvigorate the Blazers fan base.
5. Dennis Erickson—The Sun Devils beat UCLA last Friday, but are likely to finish 2010 with their third-straight losing season after facing Arizona on Thursday. Despite beating only subpar teams the past three seasons, the administration at Arizona State are saying they will honor the final year of Erickson’s contract. Going to bowl games and winning the Pac-10 title must not be a priority in Tempe.
6. Ron Zook—The Fighting Illini are finally bowl-eligible after bullying a Dan-Persa-less Northwestern team at Wrigley Field in Week 12. With a game left to play against Fresno State in Week 14, the Illini are sitting at 6-5 and Zook is a meager 27-44 in almost six seasons. A loss to the Bulldogs in consecutive years could mark the end for Zook.
7. David Bailiff—Bailiff is 19-30 after four seasons at Rice, finishing 4-8 after the finale Saturday. Rice has had losing seasons in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Is 2008’s 10-3 campaign too far in the past to save Bailiff? Bailiff still has three years left on his contract, but contracts can be bought out.
8. Steve Fairchild—Fairchild is 13-24 after three years at the helm in Fort Collins. The 2010 campaign ended with a 44-0 beatdown from Wyoming in the Border War. Wyoming had not won a conference game before drubbing Colorado State. Out of nine losses this season, only one was by single digits
9. Ron English—The Eagles got their second win of the season on November 20th, beating Buffalo 21-17. Six days later in Eastern Michigan’s final game, English’s team got smoked 71-3 by Northern Illinois. Ouch! Ron English has a .083 winning percentage after two seasons.
10. DeWayne Walker—DeWayne Walker is 5-20 after two years at New Mexico State, a graveyard for coaches. One plus on Walker’s body of work is winning the Rio Grande Rivalry both years. New Mexico State is ranked 116th out of 120 teams in both points scored and points allowed.
Waiting list: Rich Rodriguez, Rick Neuheisel
Fired: Stan Parrish, Randy Shannon, Bill Lynch, Rickey Bustle
Off the hot seat: Mark Richt
We will revisit On The Hot Seat after Week 14.