2014 FBS Hot Seat Coaches: Week 7

Tim Beckman

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.

We’re midway through the season so, as the Coaching Watch guy at College football America, I’m checking back in with our hot seat coaches from our preseason publication to see where they’re at, and adding some names that could see themselves unemployed come season’s end. Every time there is a coaching change we’ll have it here at College Football America and Postins’ Postcards.

From College Football America Yearbook Encyclopedia:

Randy Edsall, Maryland: I reasoned the transition to the Big Ten might eat him up this season. Maryland has managed a Big Ten win already (Indiana), but from here the schedule gets brutal — Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State in a four-game stretch that will determine the Terrapins’ bowl eligibility. A close shave either way may determine Edsall’s future. He’s not off the hot seat yet, in my opinion.

Tim Beckman, Illinois: On the one hand the Illini has already won three games this year. On the other those wins haven’t come in the Big Ten. If the Illini fail to win a Big Ten game this season — and that’s possible — that would leave Beckman with just one Big Ten win in three seasons. If that happens, I can’t see him surviving in Champaign.

Bill Blankenship, Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane was 1-4 in their first five games, but their one win was in league play over Tulane. How the Golden Hurricane does in these five six games will probably determine Blankenship’s future. I’m leaning toward a coaching change in Tulsa.

Mike London, Virginia: I think he’s OK. The close loss to UCLA and the big win over Louisville show the program is making progress.

Bo Pelini, Nebraska: Pelini is safe now. The Cornhuskers are off to a great start and I could see them winning 10 games this season.

Dan Enos, Central Michigan: The Chippewas were .500 at the midpoint before a win to Northern Illinois. They have a heck of a defense and that may pay off late in the year. I’m not seeing that Enos is in serious danger yet.

Norm Chow, Hawai’i: It sounds like the program may be in danger of folding one day. The Rainbow Warriors have won just one game this year. Chow is dealing with his wife’s health scare, a brain aneurysm. Not fair to gauge his hot seat with all of this going on right now.

Will Muschamp, Florida: After losing to LSU, if the Gators follow up with losses against Missouri and Georgia I think they’ll fail to make a bowl game for the second straight year and that will probably cost Muschamp his job.

The new additions

Brady Hoke, Michigan: Entering the Penn State game last weekend the Wolverines were 4-14 in their last 18 games. That’s uncharted territory for the Wolverines. Throw in the Shane Morris concussion fiasco and Hoke probably can’t afford a losing season.

Scott Shafer, Syracuse: I wasn’t terribly impressed with the Orange’s offense when I saw them in person against Louisville. More of the same against Florida State. Plus quarterback Terrel Hunt is out for four to six weeks and the Orange are shaking up the coaching staff in-season, which is never good. I don’t see six wins on this schedule. I wonder if that turns up the heat on Shafer, who was promoted from within when Doug Marrone left for the Buffalo Bills.

Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: I like the guy and I think he has one of the harder jobs in the game in Ames, Iowa. But the fact is they have one win so far (yes it was against Iowa) and they’re staring at the bottom of the Big 12 for a second straight year. This team went to a bowl game two years ago.

Paul Haynes, Kent State: Coaches that are promoted from within and that succeed coaches that had great success always have a shorter leash. Haynes succeeded Darrell Hazell, who led Kent State to 11 wins in 2012. Haynes has won one game so far this season. He could be looking soon but we’ll see.

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: He’s worth tracking, although I think it’s a stretch that he’ll be fired after this season. But you have to admit that early this season he looked lost as a head coach. Vandy’s only wins are over UMass and Charleston Southern (the latter by only a point). His job security depends on how bad this team loses its final games of the year, because they’re not going bowling. And after three straight bowl games under James Franklin, that’s an utter disappointment for this program.

Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State: The Mountaineers starting 1-4 as a member of FBS in of itself isn’t damning. But last year’s 4-8 record as a FCS independent — a division they had dominated for more than a decade — puts it in perspective. Satterfield is another internal promotion, only he’s replacing a legend, Jerry Moore, and eliminates much of the slack you might normally get in this situation. I’m not saying Satterfield’s in trouble, but I’m not saying he isn’t, either.

Paul Petrino, Idaho: With all apologies to the service academies and the private schools, Idaho is the nation’s hardest job. Petrino has, thus far, won one game. I’m not advocating that he be fired. I hold firm that any coach should get four years to fully implement their program and recruit. But there’s no accounting for the impatience of alums and boosters, so it’s worth watching.

Note: Coaching searches at Kansas, SMU and Troy are already underway.

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