In College Football America, our preview publication, I wrote about the hot seat coaches for the 2013 season. Now that we’re four weeks into the season, it’s time to check in to see how these hot seat guys are doing, plus add some names to the list that I didn’t include in our print edition of College Football America. Next week I’ll check on the hot coaching names that I profiled in the print edition.
Randy Edsall, Maryland: After two dismal seasons in College Park, Edsall has the Big Ten-bound Terrapins off to a 4-0 start, complete with a shutout of West Virginia. The Terps are two wins away from bowl eligibility, an act that should save Edsall’s job. So far, the heat is coming down.
Tim Beckman, Illinois: A 2-1 start for the Illini is way better than last year’s start. But now Illinois has to show that progress against the Big Ten after what the Illini hopes is a win over Miami of Ohio this weekend.
Lane Kiffin, USC: He might have the least amount of wiggle room of any coach in FBS. The seat remains hot despite a 3-1 start. The Trojans’ loss is to Washington State and they’re not blowing people out. I’d be worried if I were him.
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: Yes, MSU has three straight bowl appearances. But the Bulldogs have finished no better than fourth in the SEC West during that span. That was my logic for including Mullen. Now the Bulldogs are 2-2, with losses to Oklahoma State and Auburn, and rival Ole Miss is rising. The natives are getting more restless in Starkville.
Steve Sarkisian, Washington: My logic was that the Huskies needed to make the jump after three straight 7-6 seasons. The Huskies are off to a 3-0 start, but we’ll learn a lot more the next three games as Washington faces Arizona, Stanford and Oregon in a row. Don’t turn down the heat just yet.
Ron English, Eastern Michigan: English entered this season with three losing seasons in the last four years. The Eagles are 1-3 right now. Losses to Penn State and Rutgers aren’t concerning. A loss to Ball State to kickoff MAC action is concerning. Eagles fans are keeping their hands on the heat control as cooler temperatures approach in Ypsilanti.
Kevin Wilson, Indiana: Indiana is off to a 2-2 start and coming off a loss to Missouri. That loss to Navy is concerning. This is year three of Wilson’s program and if there’s no improvement the Hoosiers could make a move, given the influx of new teams and new TV money in 2014.
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: I wasn’t worried about Beamer to start the season, but I included him on the list as a look-ahead to 2014. The Hokies are 3-1 but don’t look sharp after needing triple overtime to beat Marshall. Wins over Western Carolina, Eastern Carolina and Marshall don’t exactly stir confidence entering ACC action. Keep an eye on Beamer.
Three more to watch:
Mack Brown, Texas; The win over Kansas State will help. But Texas has to keep rolling this week at Iowa State, and a win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry would really help. Perhaps Texas has finally figured out that running the football might save Mack’s job.
Dan Enos, Central Michigan: Here we go again. The Chippewas are off to a 1-3 start. Of course, CMU started 2-5 last year and rolled to a bowl game. Enos may have to circle the wagons again. CMU fans probably haven’t forgotten that last year’s bowl game was the program’s first since 2009.
Bobby Hauck, UNLV: This is probably it for the former FCS mentor, unless the Rebels make a bowl game. So far they’re 2-2, with losses to Minnesota and Arizona and wins over Central Michigan and Western Illinois. Mountain West play awaits.
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