Alumni & Fans Quickly Turning Up The Heat At Top Programs
We’re only a month into the 2015 college football season and already some coaches are feeling the heat. It fact, our #5 had his britches burning even before the first game.
Coaches in the SEC are always on the hottest seats, by the way. It’s the most pressure-packed place to win in college football. Mainly because alumni see a rival doing well and say “well hell, why can’t WE have a coach like that too!?”
The Hottest Coaching Seats In College Football
1.) Butch Jones, Tennessee
Vol fans were ready to run Jones out of Knoxville after he blew the Florida game. This is on the heels of playing not to lose and, well, losing against Oklahoma. UT fans are now not sure if he has “it,” that intangible quality that successful coaches have that make them winners. He showed his coaching inexperience right off the bat by referring to Alabama as “that red team” and has not gotten any wiser since that time. It’s a hot fall in K-town.
2.) Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Auburn fans were all giddy in the off-season. They had a coach that could give Alabama’s defense fits (with the right quarterback anyway), they had the second coming of Cam Newton at quarterback and a rock-solid defensive coordinator in Will Muschamp to teach the Tigers how to tackle.
Well, the offense didn’t score a touchdown against Mississippi State, the team was pounded by LSU, was lucky to escape Louisville and needed a shanked punt to beat Jacksonville State. This is a season on the brink of collapse, bringing back memories of the 3-9 2012 season.
Fans and alumni are beginning to think Malzahn isn’t quite the genius they thought he was and are already drawing up a list of potential replacements. Can Planegate II be far behind on the Plains!?
3.) Mark Helfrich, Oregon
Maybe Marcus Mariota was THAT good. He hid all the deficiencies that were exposed in that 62-20 blowout loss to Utah. By halftime, fans were already calling this the end of the Ducky dynasty.
Of course, Maritota doesn’t play defense. Then again, neither do the Ducks. Losing is one thing and Duck fans can put up with a little bit of a slide. But getting blown out – at home and against usually light-scoring Utah, no less – has fans ready to burn the head coach’s chair. And they are throwing defensive coordinator’s seat into the furnace, as well.
Then again, maybe they just need to adjust their expectations.
4.) Charlie Strong, Texas
The Horns have been hooked twice by two different kickers in back-to-back games, a missed PAT and a minus 6-yard punt. Some are calling for sympathy but remember the team was completely uncompetitive against Notre Dame.
Longhorn alumni are chewing on this question: “Is this really the guy for Texas football?” Strong is lucky the Longhorns no longer play Texas A&M because a big loss in that game and the alumni would put him on a houseboat and leave him on Lake Travis.
What makes Strong’s hot seat so burning is that the AD that hired him was suddenly horned right out the door.
5.) Steve Sarkisian, USC
He was on the hot seat before the season started due to his drunken performance at a preseason booster event. Getting whipped by Stanford put this chair next to the furnace and even the blowout win against Arizona State still has him sitting on that side of the room.
After all, it was just Arizona State! The “Seven Win Sark” and “Six Pack Sark” nicknames are still clearly in the minds of USC alumni, who are also running out of patience with AD Pat Haden.