We’re up through Week 13 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’ll have one more Hot Seat Coaches update after the Thanksgiving Weekend games, but there are sure to be coaching changes after that weekend and we’ll address those on a daily basis.
From College Football America Yearbook Encyclopedia in August:
Randy Edsall, Maryland: Maryland is bowl eligible and coming off a nice win over Michigan. Safe.
Tim Beckman, Illinois: I lean toward safe now, after Illinois beat Penn State. If the Illini can beat Northwestern they’re going to a bowl game. That would be a huge jump forward for the program.
Bill Blankenship, Tulsa: The Tulsa World put together a nice article on whether the program’s future includes Blankenship. I don’t believe it does. We’ll find out when the season ends.
Mike London, Virginia: That win over Miami (FL) is certainly helpful to London’s case. The Cavs will face the Virginia Tech Hokies this weekend with bowl eligibility on the line for both teams. Speculation in Charlottesville is going both directions. If the Cavs lose to the Hokies, I think London may be out.
Bo Pelini, Nebraska: Safe.
Dan Enos, Central Michigan: The Chippewas couldn’t nab that eighth win over Western Michigan, but they’re bowl eligible. Safe.
Norm Chow, Hawai’i: The Rainbow Warriors are on the uptick, having won two straight. They end the season against Fresno State. Chow said last month he would leave his job security to someone else. He has two years remaining on his contract. That might keep Chow on the islands for 2015. I lean toward stay.
Will Muschamp, Florida: Muschamp is out at Florida. He’ll coach the final game against Florida State.
Our Week 7 additions
Brady Hoke, Michigan: We now know, thanks to MLive.com, that interim athletic director Jim Hackett will make the decision on whether Hoke returns in 2015. The loss to Maryland does not help. A loss to Ohio State means the Wolverines will miss bowl season. That might be enough to get Hackett to pull the trigger.
Scott Shafer, Syracuse: Despite the Orange’s rough season, I’m seeing little speculation that Shafer will be out, so I lean toward safe. But expect some more staff turnover this offseason if Shafer returns. This program took a deep dive in Year 2, even with the injuries.
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: Bobby LaGesse of the Ames Tribune took questions from readers last week and wrote that “everything I hear points to him returning.” That jibes with what I wrote last week, based on reports that Rhoads is due a huge buyout if he’s fired after this season. But with the Cyclones expanding Jack Trice Stadium and coming off back-to-back horrible seasons, Rhoads won’t have much rope in 2015.
Paul Haynes, Kent State: Very little speculation surrounding his job right now, but the Golden Flashes have, most certainly, taken a step back in Year 2.
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: Mason gets at least one year more. But don’t count on them beating Tennessee this weekend.
Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State: My case for putting Satterfield on this list in Week 7 was that the standard is so high at Appalachian State, thanks to its time in FCS, that Satterfield might not have as much rope as other FCS coaches moving to FBS. Plus, he replaced a Hall of Famer in Jerry Moore. Well, he’s safe now. In fact, the Mountaineers, if they were not going through their FBS transition, would be bowl eligible. They’ve won five straight and upset Louisiana last weekend. Huge win.
Paul Petrino, Idaho: The Vandals have just one win this season, but I see no chatter indicating the Vandal fan base is restless. I think they get how tough this job is.
Week 9 addition
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: If the Hokies lose to the Cavaliers they won’t go to a bowl game for the first time in two decades. The Hokies just lost in double overtime to Wake Forest. Either way it should be an interesting couple of weeks after the season ends. Beamer has a new athletic director, Whit Babcock, and he’s not a Virginia Tech lifer like his predecessor, Jim Weaver. Beamer has already done the staff turnover thing, back after the 2012 season. Babcock told the media that he’ll evaluate the football program after the season. A loss to Virginia may give Babcock the ammunition he needs to make a change.
Week 11 addition
Kevin Wilson, Indiana: Wilson received the dreaded “vote of confidence” from his athletic director, Fred Glass. He seems inclined to give Wilson a pass for a fifth season after the injury to his quarterback, Nate Sudfeld. Here’s the report that the Indianapolis Star filed after talking to Glass. I lean toward Wilson coming back in 2015.
Week 12 addition
Mike Clark, UAB: 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.
Week 13 addition
Trent Miles, Georgia State: In two years the Panthers have won one game in FBS, and that win was against Abilene Christian, a team moving up from Division II to FCS. I saw the Panthers in person on Saturday against Clemson and they couldn’t do much. But I saw some individual talent out there. Is Miles putting it together? Obviously, not yet. But how much of that is just the natural transition to FBS? All the athletic director has to do is look at the success of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in their first FBS seasons and think to himself, “Is Miles really the right guy?” I lean toward Miles getting one more season, but a change wouldn’t surprise me.
Note: Coaching searches at Buffalo, Florida, Kansas, SMU and Troy are already underway.