In College Football America, our preview publication, I wrote about the hot seat coaches for the 2013 season. Now that we’re nearing the end of the season, it’s time for Black Monday, that first Monday after the end of the season in which coaches are fired en masse. This will be our last check-in to see who’s on the hot seat, who’s not and who needs to be added to the list. Later on I’ll check on the hot coaching names that could move into head coaching roles for 2014.
Randy Edsall, Maryland: I wrote earlier this year that I felt that if Edsall could get the Terps bowl eligible he’d be around for the start of Big Ten play next fall. Well, the Terps have six wins and are bound for a bowl game.
On or off the hot seat? Off. We’ll see Edsall in College Park in 2014.
Tim Beckman, Illinois: The Illini finally won a Big Ten game under Beckman by beating Purdue last Saturday. But the Illini are losing in-state recruits and the fan base is getting awfully restless. Beckman and his offensive coordinator, Bill Cubit, exchanged some heated words during their game against Ohio State two weeks ago.
On or off the hot seat? On. I’d say the chances of Beckman getting fired after just two seasons is 50-50.
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: The biggest news surrounding Dan Mullen was his recent victory in a wing-eating contest. The Bulldogs are staring at missing a bowl game under Mullen for the first time since his first season in 2009. They’ll need a win over Ole Miss to get to 6-6.
On or off the hot seat? On. Mullen even acknowledges it. What might tip the scales against Mullen is the fact that their in-state rival, Mississippi, is on the upward trend under second-year coach Hugh Freeze.
Steve Sarkisian, Washington: The Huskies are bowl-eligible for the fourth straight year. They’re looking at an eight-win season, if they can beat Washington State this weekend. The biggest threat to his tenure in Washington is the opening at USC, where Sarkisian was once the co-offensive coordinator with Lane Kiffin.
On or off the hot seat? Off, especially if the Huskies beat Wazoo.
Kevin Wilson, Indiana: The Hoosiers won’t be bowl eligible, but it’s clear they’ve made progress under Wilson. They’ve been more competitive in the Big Ten this season than in either of Wilson’s first two years. That competitiveness has to translate to wins next year.
On or off the hot seat? Off.
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: The Hokies have lost three of their last four games, including a loss to Duke. The Hokies are pointed toward their second straight season without double-digit wins. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1997-98.
On or off the hot seat? Off. He was on our preseason hot seat list, but there doesn’t seem to be any heat turned up on Beamer right now.
Mack Brown, Texas: The loss to Oklahoma State hurt, but was somewhat expected. If the Longhorns split their remaining two games they’ll finish 8-4 and go to a bowl game. Is that enough?
On or off the hot seat? On, but it doesn’t mean Brown is going anywhere. He might also decide he’s had enough and move on. Or be forced out. It will be the most closely watched job in the nation in early December.
Dan Enos, Central Michigan: The Chippewas need a win to be bowl-eligible for the second straight year.
On or off the hot seat? On. It might be time for the folks in Mount Pleasant to make a change. Remember – their only winning season was last year and it was only 7-6.
Bobby Hauck, UNLV: The Rebels are bowl eligible for the first time since 2000, snapping one of the longest droughts in FBS.
On or off the hot seat? Off. He was on our preseason list, but a bowl season should keep Hauck in Sin City next season.
Charlie Weis, Kansas: The win over West Virginia was just plain shocking. So was the 34-0 loss to Iowa State.
On or off the hot seat? On. The Jayhawks know it’s a tough job in Lawrence. It took Mark Mangino four years to build a team that finished with a winning record and six to get to double-digit wins. Weis needs more time. Question is will he get it? He probably won’t be fired this year. But 2014 is a big year for him and the Jayhawks.
Bo Pelini, Nebraska: Nebraska should have beaten Michigan State. Nebraska is bowl-eligible, but it’s another ho-hum season in Lincoln.
On or off the hot seat? On, but it doesn’t necessarily mean Pelini will be shown the door. Expect some serious closed door meetings after the season ends. His mid-season tirade may play as much a role in whether he stays or goes as the Huskers’ season.
Mike London, Virginia: The Cavs need a win to salvage a three-win season. This was a bowl team two years ago.
On or off the hot seat? On. My story on hot coaches to watch last month was picked up by a Virginia message board and they focused on Ball State’s Pete Lembo to replace London (not that I wrote Lembo should replace London). At the same time, the father of a top recruit recently told the media that Virginia told him that London would come back in 2014. The end of the season bears watching.
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: What a horrible season for the Cyclones after going to a bowl game in 2012.
On or off the hot seat? No, but the severe drop-off must concerning to Iowa State. Something tells me he’ll have a short leash next year.
Norm Chow, Hawaii: Already out of the bowl picture for a second straight season, the Warriors need a win over Army to avoid a winless season.
On or off the hot seat? On, but do you fire Chow, a native of Hawaii, after just two seasons? Hawaii just might.
June Jones, SMU: SMU must surprise either Houston or nationally-ranked Central Florida to earn a bowl bid. They’ll make it entertaining at the least.
On or off the hot seat? On, but I think it’s more likely Jones leaves for a job offered to him than it is he gets fired by SMU. By SMU’s standards since the death penalty he’s still wildly successful.
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia: Rich Rodriguez doesn’t live here anymore. Holgorsen is presiding over the Mountaineers’ first losing season since 2001. Fans can’t like the fact that Marshall is better than them this season.
On or off the hot seat? Off but he’ll be under scrutiny this offseason. And he’s had off the field issues as well that could factor into this.
Todd Monken, Southern Mississippi: For the second straight year the Golden Eagles could go winless. Ellis Johnson was fired after last season’s debacle. One wonders if the Golden Eagles will be more patient with Monken?
On or off the hot seat? On. Before 2012 the Golden Eagles’ last losing season was in 1993. They haven’t had back-to-back losing seasons since 1933-34. Yeah, there are some issues in Hattieburg and Monken might pay the price.
Bill Blankenship, Tulsa: He took over for Todd Graham and the bottom fell out of the Golden Hurricane this season. The standard is pretty high in Tulsa. No, really. It is. And they’re moving to the American Athletic Conference next season.
On or off the hot seat? On. One has to wonder if his success is based on the players Graham recruited.
Charley Molnar, Massachusetts: Molnar is presiding over the Minutemen’s move to FCS and they’ve won two games in two seasons. Even in the MAC that’s a little curious.
On or off the hot seat? On, but with a bit of rope heading into 2014. If teams like Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are successful next season in making the transition to FBS, it might trigger a move.
Will Muschamp, Florida: The Gators are coming off a loss to Georgia Southern at home and aren’t going bowling for the first time since 1990.
On or off the hot seat? On. I don’t believe he’ll get fired. But he’ll likely have to turn over his coaching staff and have a great year recruiting to make it past Year 4.
Firings of hot seat coaches
Lane Kiffin, USC: Kiffin, of course, was fired earlier this season. He remains on our list because he was one our preseason hot seat picks.
Ron English, Eastern Michigan: Another of our preseason hot seat selections, English was fired the day before the Western Michigan game after his profanity-laced tirade aimed at his players was revealed. It didn’t help that English was 11-46 in his career in Ypsilanti.