#22 Hot Seat Head Coach – Chad Morris, SMU – #23 Hot Seat Head Coach – Tony Sanchez, UNLV – #24 Hot Seat Head Coach – Matt Wells, Utah State

 

#22 Hot Seat Head Coach – Chad Morris, SMU

The expectations for Chad Morris at SMU are HIGH and they should be HIGH after the career that Morris had coaching in high school and as an assistant in college at Tulsa and Clemson. In two years at SMU Morris has posted records of…

2015:  2 – 10
2016:  5 – 7

Overall:  7 – 17

AAC:  4 – 12

…..and 2017 better be another jump for the Mustangs or Morris is not only going to find himself on the outside looking in at some big job openings that might pop-up come December he might just find himself out of a job at SMU altogether!

Let’s take a look at SMU’s 2017 schedule to see where this Mustangs train may be going…

SF Austin
North Texas
At TCU
Arkansas State
UConn
At Houston
At Cincinnati
Tulsa
UCF
At Navy
At Memphis
Tulane

Considering SMU lost 3 of their last 4 games in 2016 to finish at 5 – 7 including a 75 – 31 whipping by Navy in the last game of the year, it’s going to be critical for Morris to get his SMU team off to a fast start in 2017 because if the Mustangs are any worse 3 – 2 when they play at Houston on October 7 then 2017 could be a long season indeed!

With a big season in 2017 Chad Morris could set himself up for any number of attractive head coaching jobs that might come open later this year like…

Ole Miss, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech, Missouri

….but to get one of those jobs he will probably need 8 or 9 wins on the board in 2017 and that’s not going to an easy task…but it’s doable…and we see no reason at all that SMU doesn’t win at least 6…make that 7…games in this season.

 

#23 Hot Seat Head Coach – Tony Sanchez, UNLV

Tony Sanchez was the head coach of California High School in San Ramon, California from 2004 to 2008 so we were aware of Tony before he became famous as the head coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas where he posted an 85 – 5 record and 6 state championships in 6 years at the school. Like a lot of people we had no idea if Tony Sanchez would be able to make the leap to the college game from high school as the head coach at UNLV, and in two seasons on the job coaching the Rebels he has posted records of….

2015:  3 – 9
2016:  4 – 8

Overall:  7 – 17

MWC:  5 – 11

Who are those 7 wins against that Tony Sanchez has on the board at UNLV?

Idaho State
Nevada
Hawaii
Jackson State
Fresno State
Hawaii
Wyoming

Now beating Wyoming late last year was no joke at all, but that season ending 45 – 10 loss to a Nevada team that fired its head coach is a serious head-scratcher and makes us wonder just what Sanchez will be able to do with this 2017 schedule at UNLV:

Howard
At Idaho
At Ohio State
San Jose State
San Diego State
At Air Force
Utah State
At Fresno State
Hawaii
BYU
At New Mexico
At Nevada

Geez…that’s a pretty tough schedule with several tough road games, but in Tony Sanchez’s THIRD year on the job at UNLV if things are progressing the way they should be progressing in a THIRD year then we see no reason why the Rebels don’t win at least SIX games in 2017 and there’s your Goal Tony…

6 Wins+ in 2017 Son!

 

#24 Hot Seat Head Coach – Matt Wells, Utah State

Kid you not a couple of year ago a few of us at Coaches Hot Seat were down in Phoenix and we ran into a friend of ours that works in the NFL and he asks us:

“What can you tell me about the Utah State head coach Matt Wells?”

Yes, at one time there were people in the NFL thinking that Matt Wells might be the kind of guy that could jump from being the head coach at Utah State to being a head coach in the NFL, and why not since Wells in his first two years at Utah State posted records of…

2013:  9 – 4
2014:  10 – 4

The problem is the last two years at Utah State Wells has posted records of…

2015:  6 – 7
2016:  3 – 9

…which leaves his win/loss records after FOUR years on the job at:

Overall:  28 – 25

MWC:  19 – 12

Clearly, something has gone wrong at Utah State with 16 losses the last TWO seasons but what exactly?

Well, for one Utah State was 1 – 7 in Mountain West Conference play in 2016 which included losing their last FIVE games of the season after starting 3 – 4 which included losses to USC, Air Force, Boise State and Colorado State which were all pretty good teams last season. In those last FIVE straight losses to end the season Utah State gave up an average of…

36.4 points per game

…and no one is going to win many games giving up that number of points to the opposition.

Let’s look at Utah State’s 2017 schedule and see what lies ahead for the Aggies:

At Wisconsin
Idaho State
At Wake Forest
At San Jose State
BYU
Colorado State
Wyoming
At UNLV
Boise State
At New Mexico
Hawaii
At Air Force

Well…that’s a pretty tough but manageable schedule for Utah State in 2017 and we would expect that unless Matt Wells has lost his ability to coach that the Aggies will win…

6 games at least

…in 2017 and anything less than 6 games in Wells’ FIFTH season on the job one has to wonder…

Just what in the Hell is going on at Utah State with Matt Wells?