Ranking All 125 College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013

Lane Kiffin is under pressure to win in 2013.

Coaches are always a hot topic during any college football season. And once the calendar turns to late October, replacements and potential firings will dominate the headlines even more.

There’s a difference between a coach on the hot seat and the overall pressure surrounding a coach. And it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the two categories. But Athlon Sports has tried to come up with a ranking of all 125 coaches with hot seat and overall pressure on the program in mind.

UNLV’s Bobby Hauck and USC’s Lane Kiffin are clearly on the hot seat entering 2013. Hauck has won just two games in each of his three seasons with the Rebels, while Kiffin – even though he received a vote of confidence from athletic director Pat Haden – can’t afford to have another 7-6 season. Connecticut’s Paul Pasqualoni and Eastern Michigan’s Ron English are also two coaches that need to show progress in order to stick around for 2013.

When it comes to pressure on a head coach from on a down year, look no further than Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham. Both coaches rank inside of the top 50 of the preseason 125 hot seat rankings, but neither coach is in any danger of losing their job. The ranking for those two coaches is more about the pressure on surrounding the program after a down year.

Ranking all 125 coaches when it comes to hot seat/pressure surrounding the program is an impossible task. Keep in mind, just because a coach ranks high on the list doesn’t mean we think he will be fired at the end of the year. Also, there’s really no separation from No. 28-100 on this list. So don’t get too caught up in the No. 55 or No. 76 ranked coach.


Ranking All 125 CFB Coaches on Hot Seat/Pressure on Program to Win in 2013

Rk Coach Team Record Analysis
1 Bobby Hauck 6-32 (3 years) Hauck has won just two games in each of UNLV's three seasons.
2 Lane Kiffin 25-13 (3 years) Kiffin got the vote of confidence from AD Pat Haden.
3 Paul Pasqualoni 10-14 (2 years) Defense has been good, but offense has struggled mightily.
4 Ron English 10-38 (4 years) EMU is one of the toughest jobs in college football.
5 Mack Brown 150-43 (15 years) Pieces are in place for Texas to make a Big 12 title run.
6 Tim Beckman 2-10 (1 year) Could he survive another 2-10 or 3-9 record?
7 Dan Enos 13-24 (3 years) Easy late season schedule helped CMU get bowl eligible last year.
8 Don Treadwell 8-16 (2 years) RedHawks haven't made much progress under Treadwell.
9 Tony Levine 6-7 (1+ year) With new stadium opening in 2014, Levine needs to show progress.
10 Gary Pinkel 90-61 (12 years) Good coach, but is Missouri falling too far behind rest of SEC?
11 Jeff Quinn 9-27 (3 years) Bulls won 3 out of last 4 games last year.
12 Doc Holliday 17-20 (3 years) Thundering Herd has talent to win C-USA in 2013.
13 Steve Sarkisian 26-25 (4 years) Huskies have three consecutive 7-6 seasons.
14 Mike London 16-21 (3 years) Recruiting well but has two losing seasons in three years.
15 Kirk Ferentz 100-74 (14 years) Huge buyout - in no danger of getting fired. 
16 Randy Edsall 6-18 (2 years) Terps need to show more progress for upcoming move to the Big Ten.
17 Rich Ellerson 17-32 (4 years) Went 12-13 in first two years. 5-19 in next two.
18 Dave Christensen 22-28 (4 years) Has two bowl appearances in four years.
19 Norm Chow 3-9 (1 year) Warriors have a ways to go under Chow.
20 Charlie Weis 1-11 (1 year) Talent improving thanks to addition of transfers.
21 Charley Molnar 1-11 (1 year) Tough job. Minutemen should show progress in 2013.
22 Jim Grobe 73-74 (12 years) No danger of getting fired but just 1 bowl game in last 4 years.
23 Ron Turner 1st year Questionable hire.
24 Joey Jones 25-15 (4 years) Will take some time for USA to compete for Sun Belt titles.
25 Carl Pelini 3-9 (1 year)  
26 Skip Holtz 1st year Which Holtz is Louisiana Tech getting? East Carolina or USF?
27 Rick Stockstill 43-44 (7 years) Rebounded last year after rough 2011.
28 Kyle Whittingham 71-32 (8 years) No danger of getting fired. But pressure to rebound after 5-7 record. 
29 Bo Pelini 49-20 (5 years) Nebraska is always a high pressure job. 
30 Dan McCarney 9-15 (2 years) McCarney should get UNT competitive in C-USA.
31 Mike Leach 3-9 (1 year) Cougars should be better in Leach's second year. 
32 Dana Holgorsen 17-9 (2 years)  
33 David Bailiff 30-44 (6 years) Rewarded with contract extension after 2012.
34 Dan Mullen 29-22 (4 years) Not an easy job. But needs to close gap with top teams in West.
35 Kevin Wilson 5-19 (2 years)  
36 Larry Blakeney 169-98-1 (22 years) Back-to-back losing records for first time at Troy.
37 Mark Helfrich 1st year Is he the right choice to succeed Chip Kelly?
38 June Jones 31-34 (5 years) No danger of being fired. Four straight bowl games.
39 George O'Leary 60-55 (9 years)  
40 Rod Carey 0-1 (1st year) Can Carey build off what Dave Doeren leaves behind?
41 Dave Clawson 22-28 (4 years) Falcons will be in hunt for MAC East title this year.
42 Kyle Flood 9-4 (1 year)  
43 Ruffin McNeill 19-19 (3 years)  
44 Garrick McGee 3-9 (1 year)  
45 Tommy Tuberville 1st year  
46 Paul Chryst 6-7 (1 year) Up and down 2012. Should get better in next few years.
47 Frank Beamer 216-104-2 (26 years) Pressure to rebound after 7-6 mark in2 012.
48 Bobby Petrino 1st year  
49 Terry Bowden 1-11 (1 year) Struggled last year, but Zips should be improved in '13.
50 Jim McElwain 4-8 (1 year)  
51 Dennis Franchoine 23-24 (4 years) Has Texas State on the right track.
52 Bryan Harsin 1st year A solid hire for the Red Wolves.
53 Brian Polian 1st year Replacing a legend like Chris Ault won't be easy.
54 Ron Caragher 1st year  
55 Matt Wells 1st year  
56 Paul Haynes 1st year  
57 Scott Shafer 1st year Has to guide Syracuse through ACC transition. 
58 Sean Kugler 1st year  
59 Curtis Johnson 2-10 (1 year) Green Wave on the right track.
60 Bronco Mendenhall 74-29 (8 years) Cougars play a challenging schedule this year. 
61 Bob Davie 4-9 (1 year)  
62 Matt Rhule 1st year  
63 Rocky Long 17-9 (2 years)  
64 Al Golden 13-11 (2 years) Will Miami finally win the Coastal this year?
65 Todd Monken 1st year Should make USM fans forget Ellis Johnson. 
66 Brady Hoke 19-7 (2 years) Always pressure to win big at Michigan. 
67 Ken Niumatalolo 40-26 (5 years)  
68 Mark Richt 118-40 (12 years)  
69 Dabo Swinney 40-21 (4+ years)  
70 Jimbo Fisher 31-10 (3 years) Seminoles back on the rise under Fisher. 
71 Bob Stoops 149-37 (14 years) Has won at least 10 games in 6 out of last 7 years.
72 Mark Dantonio 51-28 (6 years)  
73 Paul Johnson 41-26 (5 years)  
74 Frank Solich 59-44 (8 years)  
75 Jerry Kill 9-16 (2 years)  
76 Tim DeRuyter 9-4 (1 year) Bulldogs should push Boise State for MW title. 
77 P.J. Fleck 1st year Making a splash on the recruiting trail. 
78 Butch Jones 1st year Can Jones return Tennessee to SEC title contender status?
79 Bret Bielema 1st year  
80 Mark Stoops 1st year Stoops is doing a great job on the recruiting trail. 
81 Gus Malzahn 1st year Great fit at Auburn. 
82 Mike MacIntyre 1st year Needs time to rebuild roster.
83 Matt Campbell 10-4 (1+ year) One of the rising stars in the coaching ranks.
84 Jim Mora 9-5 (1 year)  
85 Darrell Hazell 1st year Can he work a quick turnaround?
86 Steve Addazio 1st year Off to a good start on the recruiting trail. 
87 Larry Fedora 8-4 (1 year)  
88 Dave Doeren 1st year  
89 Sonny Dykes 1st year  
90 Rich Rodriguez 8-5 (1 year)  
91 Todd Graham 8-5 (1 year)  
92 Mike Riley 81-67 (12 years)  
93 Larry Coker 12-10 (2 years)  
94 Bill Blankenship 19-8 (2 years)  
95 Les Miles 85-21 (8 years)  
96 Pete Lembo 15-10 (2 years) Another rising star to watch in 2013. 
97 Todd Berry 17-20 (3 years)  
98 Justin Fuente 4-8 (1 year) Tigers won three in a row to finish 2012.
99 Brian Kelly 28-11 (3 years)  
100 Trent Miles 1st year Georgia State made a great hire in Miles. 
101 Gary Andersen 1st year  
102 David Cutcliffe 21-40 (5 years) Will the Blue Devils become an annual bowl team?
103 Will Muschamp 18-8 (2 years)  
104 Hugh Freeze 7-6 (1 year)  
105 Troy Calhoun 47-31 (6 years)  
106 Willie Taggart 1st year Best hire of the offseason. 
107 Kliff Kingsbury 1st year Former Texas Tech QB has returned to Lubbock.
108 Paul Rhoads 24-27 (4 years)  
109 Doug Martin 1st year No pressure as a FBS Independent this year. 
110 Paul Petrino 1st year No pressure as a FBS Independent this year. 
111 Mark Hudspeth 18-8 (2 years)  
112 Kevin Sumlin 11-2 (1 year)  
113 James Franklin 15-11 (2 years)  
114 Charlie Strong 25-14 (3 years)  
115 Mike Gundy 67-35 (8 years)  
116 Gary Patterson 116-36 (12 years)  
117 Art Briles 33-30 (5 years)  
118 Bill O'Brien 8-4 (1 year)  
119 Steve Spurrier 66-37 (8 years)  
120 David Shaw 23-4 (2 years)  
121 Pat Fitzgerald 50-39 (7 years)  
122 Bill Snyder 170-85-1 (21 years)  
123 Chris Petersen 84-8 (7 years)  
124 Urban Meyer 12-0 (1 year)  
125 Nick Saban 68-13 (6 years) Three championships (and counting) at Alabama


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