Tuesday, November 2, 2010

On The Hot Seat: Week 9

1. Mike Locksley—The Lobos are 0-8 this season, losing by an average of 29.8 points per game. The Lobos have the 118th offense and 119th defense in the country out of 120 teams. What is wrong with the athletic department at New Mexico? Why are they not firing a classless coach with a 1-19 record?
2. Paul Wulff—Let’s take a look at Paul Wulff’s resume: 4-30 with three games left to play in his third season, 2-30 against FBS schools, 1-23 against Pac-10 schools. The numbers speak. The Cougars program has spiraled into a deep abyss. At least Bill Doba’s teams were mediocre. The administration at Washington State needs to just pull the trigger and get a jump on the search for a new head coach.
3. Dan Hawkins—The Buffs are 0-4 in Big 12 games this season. With a 3-5 record on the season, Hawkins has a very slim chance at reaching the postseason. Colorado plays at Kansas, then has Iowa State and Kansas State at home, and finishes the season against Nebraska on the road. Dan Hawkins is 19-38 in four and two-thirds years in Boulder.
4. Rich Rodriguez—After starting the season 5-0, the Wolverines have gone winless in their last three Big Ten contests. Rodriguez has proven his spread offense can beat cupcakes, but his defense can’t stop legitimate teams. Rodriguez is 4-16 in conference games.
5. Dennis Erickson—Dennis Erickson has a .511 winning percentage at Arizona State. Take out the FCS wins and Erickson is .463 against real competition. With USC, Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona left on the schedule, the Sun Devils will be lucky to muster one more W.
6. Bob Toledo—Bob Toledo is 12-32 in his fourth season at Tulane. The Green Wave has three home games and one road game left to play. Tulane has never finished better than 4-8 under Toledo’s leadership.
7. Neil Callaway—Neil Callaway is 14-30 in his fourth season. Unless Callaway can finish 3-1 or better down the stretch, the 2010 campaign will be his fourth consecutive losing season. The Blazers have never finished better than fourth in the C-USA East Division during his tenure.
8. Mark Richt—Richt has put together an impressive 94-32 record over the last decade, but is currently 4-5 in 2010 coming off of a 34-31 loss to rival Florida. Even if Richt does end up having his first losing season that should not take away the fact the Bulldogs’ chief has taken them to nine straight bowl games, winning seven of them. While Bulldogs fans are calling for Richt to be fired, it is unlikely that will happen with the insane $8 million buyout the university would have to foot.
9. Ron English—Eastern Michigan is a coaching graveyard make no doubt about it. It is not a question of whether English will be fired or not. It is a question of when: this season or next season. English’s predecessor, Jeff Genyk, coached the Eagles for five seasons before being fired, averaging 3.2 wins per season. English is averaging 0.5 wins per season.
10. Mike Sherman—Texas A&M has not been a national contender since 1998 and more and more it is looking like Mike Sherman is not the guy that will lead the Aggies back to prominence. Sherman is 7-12 in Big 12 play. The Aggies play Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska, and Texas in November. Sherman must win at least two of these games if he wants to stick around in College Station.
Waiting list: Stan Parrish, DeWayne Walker, Rickey Bustle, Steve Fairchild, David Bailiff
Off the hot seat: Ron Zook
We will revisit On The Hot Seat after Week 11.

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