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

Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin

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.

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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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