2014 FBS Hot Seat Coaches: Week 12

UAB head coach Bill Clark.

UAB head coach Bill Clark.

We’re up through Week 12 of 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. We’re filing this on a weekly basis as the season comes to an end, and we’ll post a new story every time there is a new coaching change in FBS from here until the Coaching Carousel comes to an end.

From College Football America Yearbook Encyclopedia:

Randy Edsall, Maryland: Maryland is bowl eligible. Edsall is safe.

Tim Beckman, Illinois: Watch the last two games with interest. I don’t think Illinois can win both to get to bowl eligibility. If they lose both that’s four wins, the same as 2013. Some Illinois-based news sites are already shopping for a successor.

Bill Blankenship, Tulsa: No word yet, but my belief has not changed since last week. I believe Blankenship will be let go.

Mike London, Virginia: The Cavaliers have lost four straight and their remaining games are against Miami (FL) and Virginia Tech. Lose those two games and my belief is that London will be replaced. Heck, it may only take one. This would be their third straight year without a bowl game.

Bo Pelini, Nebraska: Safe.

Dan Enos, Central Michigan: A win over Western Michigan would give the Chippewas eight wins and their best win total under Enos. He’s safe for 2015.

Norm Chow, Hawai’i: Hawai’i has won three games, matching the total from Chow’s first season. Oddly, I think he remains in Hawai’i for one more season. However, there are questions about the stability of the football program itself and Chow’s family health issues earlier this season may cause him to step away.

Will Muschamp, Florida: As reported on Sunday Muschamp is out at Florida. He’ll coach the final two games.

Our Week 7 additions

Brady Hoke, Michigan: No clue here. But if Michigan loses to Big Ten newbie Maryland this week the calls for Hoke’s job will get quite loud.

Scott Shafer, Syracuse: I think it’s 50-50, even though it’s his second season. Trying to compete in the ACC changes the dynamic a little bit.

Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: it’s starting to get toasty. Players are taking to Twitter to vent frustration, according to the Des Moines Register. Fansided’s ISU site wrote a story about who could replace Rhoads. Here are two reasons why I don’t think Rhoads is gone. First, this is a tough job and ISU is likely to only get a coordinator looking for his first head-coaching job. Second, ISU owes Rhoads $5 million in a buyout if they get rid of him after this season. ISU is not flush with enough cash to take that hit. Rhoads stays in 2015.

Paul Haynes, Kent State: I’m real interested to see what happens here, especially if the Golden Flashes win just one game after winning four last year. That’s a significant step back.

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: Vandy’s three wins this year are against an FCS team (Charleston Southern), a team with no conference affiliation after 2015 (UMass) and a team playing its first FBS season (Old Dominion). Wow. That’s just awful. Mason gets one more year, though. I think.

Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State: Satterfield is safe now as the Mountaineers have staged a solid turnaround at midseason with a four-game winning streak, including a defeat of traditional Sun Belt Conference power Arkansas State.

Paul Petrino, Idaho: No chatter when it comes to Petrino’s job security, despite just one win this season.

Week 9 additions

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: Beamer and the Hokies went into Duke and upset the Blue Devils on Saturday. Beamer danced afterward. He’s not off the hook yet. The Hokies need one more win for a bowl games. These two headlines say it all — one was “Beamer out of touch with Tech debacle” from the Roanoke Times and “Virginia Tech football lucky to have Frank Beamer,” also from the Roanoke Times. This will come down to the wire.

Week 11 additions

Kevin Wilson, Indiana: The Hoosiers continue to lose and the seat continues to get hotter.

Week 12 addition

Mike Clark, UAB: This has nothing to do with performance. In fact, Clark has the Blazers in the neighborhood of bowl eligibility at 5-5 after two miserable years under Garrick McGee. No, the problem is that Clark may not have a job soon because the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees are considering shuttering the program completely. It sounds like a mess and CBSSports.com’s Jon Solomon wrote a piece last week outlining the challenges Clark can’t control. It’s a fascinating read. For Clark’s sake, along with his players, here’s hoping UAB sticks around to see if Clark can completely turn it around, because the first season has been positive.

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


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