Analyst Puts 4 Major College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Fans watch the USC Trojans and the Ohio State Buckeyes compete at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Buckeyes 35-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)This year has been quiet, relative to those before it, in terms of early college football coach firings. So far, only Mike Jinks of Bowling Green has been let go.There will be plenty of other names falling as we get closer to season’s end. A few coaches are pretty much guaranteed to be let go, while some other big names’ seats are extremely hot.Bobby Petrino has been one of the names generating much of the hot seat buzz. His Louisville Cardinals are off to a rough 2-5 start, and are 0-4 in ACC play.ESPN’s FPI projects the Cardinals to finish 3-9, with the only “likely” win (53.9-percent) coming this weekend at home against Wake Forest. S&P+ comes to a similar conclusion; it gives Louisville a 56-percent chance to beat Wake Forest, but the next most likely win is just 27-percent chance against NC State. That metric gives Louisville a 90-percent chance to finish between 2-10 and 4-8, with just a 1-percent chance at recovering to go 6-6 and make a bowl.Bobby Petrino is one of four Power Five college football coaches that Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Staples names to the hot seat in his latest column.Petrino has been pretty successful to this point during his second stint at UL, and has mostly stayed above the fray in terms of controversy.The school recently overhauled the athletic department after the men’s basketball program’s involvement in the FBI probe into the sport. It wouldn’t be shocking for new full-time athletic director Vince Tyra to try and make his mark on the football program.If Petrino is fired, the name everyone will run to is Louisville alumnus Jeff Brohm, Purdue’s head coach. It was already a legitimate question if he would head to Louisville from Purdue. After Saturday’s Boilermakers rout of Ohio State, he will likely have his pick of jobs this off-season.The other three coaches on the hot seat, per Staples: USC’s Clay Helton, Rutgers’ Chris Ash, and Kansas’ David Beaty.Ash is almost definitely going to be gone. Rutgers has looked completely helpless this season, with Saturday’s close loss to Northwestern serving as a high-water mark.Beaty’s Jayhawks are definitely improved, but are well below the level it takes to compete in the Big 12 on a weekly basis. Meager improvement was never going to be enough in year four.Helton is an interesting one. He’s done a nice job in bringing talent to the Trojans, but that program largely recruits for itself. Playing freshman quarterback JT Daniels right off the bat this year could help him make a “growing pains” argument. Still, finishing middle of the pack in a very weak Pac-12 South won’t look great.[Sports Illustrated]last_img