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The Strange Odyssey of Good Ole’ Lane Kiffin – Post 2016 Regular Season Coaches Hot Seat Ranking – Thank You Mr. Johnny Cash for Ten Years of Telling These Head Coaches About the “Burning Ring of Fire” and an Amazing Singing Career and Life to Boot! We Love You Johnny Cash…Always Have…and Always Will!


The Strange Odyssey of Good Ole’ Lane Kiffin

We bookmark a lot of news stories on college football here at Coaches Hot Seat that we put into a lot of different folders in our browser so we can refer back to them in the future and the folder marked Lane Kiffin is a doozy!

An AD friend of ours when asked a couple of years why athletic directors might be reluctant to hire Lane Kiffin as a head coach turned to his computer and quickly found a story he had bookmarked in his browser:

USC fined for deflating football during game against Oregon, Paul Myerberg, USA Today

That AD then pointed towards the computer screen and says…

“Now what AD needs this kind of Bullshit going on with his football team?”

Also in the above ball deflation story there is a reference to Lane Kiffin switching jerseys of USC players in a game against Colorado which is another one of those…

“Now what AD needs this kind of Bullshit going on with his football team?”

….things that will haunt Lane Kiffin forever as will things like this Bullshit about Urban Meyer….

Maybe Lane Kiffin is a great offensive playcaller and maybe Alabama just has a Helluva lot of talent on campus in Tuscaloosa, but neither of those things would matter to us if we were presented with the opportunity to hire Lane Kiffin as our head football coach if we were the AD at a college today. Instead we would say to ourselves something like…

“Is Lane Kiffin going to do something as the head coach at this school to embarrass the football team, the school, our fans, our alumni, our booster, and himself, and me who vouched for and hired the guy?”

Who the Hell knows and there is the problem with hiring Lane Kiffin as your head football coach.

No…we would NEVER hire Lane Kiffin as our head football coach because there are plenty of great football coaches out there that we know are not going to…

Make A Total Ass of Themselves and Embarrass Our School

….which is just our humble opinion, but then there is no doubt an AD out there…maybe even two or three…that could care less if their head football coach might embarrass their school and that is the AD that Lane and Little Debbie Boy in Memphis should be looking for…

An AD that doesn’t give a Damn if Lane Kiffin embarrasses the school he is working for!


Post 2016 Regular Season Coaches Hot Seat Ranking

Thank You Mr. Johnny Cash for Ten Years of Telling These Head Coaches About the “Burning Ring of Fire” and an Amazing Singing Career and Life to Boot! We Love You Johnny Cash…Always Have…and Always Will!

Post 2016 Regular Season Coaches Hot Seat Ranking

1. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – It seems the Notre Dame natives are a bit restless about Irish head coach Brian Kelly….

…who after all as the above ad points out has posted a record and winning percentage of…

31 – 20  (.608)

….since Notre Dame got blasted in the 2013 Bogus BCS National Title Game BUT what should be even more alarming for Irish fans is ND’s record against teams with .500 or better records over the past FOUR seasons:

18 – 19  (.486)


Now…let’s look at Notre Dame’s 2016 football schedule which the Irish just played that included…

5 teams that didn’t get to a .500 record who the Irish were….

2 – 3 against

7 teams with .500 or better records who the Irish were….

2 – 5 against

Oh…the above is bad enough because one would think that NOTRE DAME could win more than FOUR games playing 5 teams that didn’t hit the .500 mark in 2016 but even worse NOTRE DAME…

Played 8 Teams with 8 wins or less who the Irish were…

4 – 4 against!

Hell….ANY Random Stumble Bum in Chicago could have taken a train over to South Bend before the season with the amount of talent on the Notre Dame campus and won…

8 Games in 2016

….and Mr. Multi-Million Dollar Man Brian Kelly who believes he created the Earth, the Moon and everything else in the Universe only got FOUR wins?

What is it about NOTRE DAME that attracts coaches that are such Pompous Arrogant Asses?

Who knows but a Coaches Hot Seat member did talk to what we will call a “prominent Notre Dame alum” when he was in New York City last week who said the following about the Irish football team:

“It’s a Damn Disgrace and it seems Jack (Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick) is satisfied with the football team being a Damn Disgrace!”

Maybe so because our lone contact at Notre Dame who we have known for years told us right after Notre Dame – USC debacle for the Irish….

“Notre Dame could win only FOUR games against next year and the AD is not going to fire Brian Kelly because the school would have to eat $15 million plus dollars NEXT December!”

Be Proud fans of Notre Dame Football!

FOUR Wins is the New Standard for Irish Football!

And to that we can only say……Go Stanford!

2.  Todd Graham, Arizona State – From the desk of…

Athletic Directors Have Lost Their Freaking Minds

….which is a very busy desk these days we learn the following from this story…

Arizona Football, Rich Rodriguez’s buyout reportedly just under $9 million

….that Todd Graham’s buyout as of late in the 2016 college football season…

“Todd Graham would be owed $14,208,333, the 15th-highest mark in the nation.”

Maybe what university presidents should do when presented with a head coach’s contract that includes ANYTHING above a one year buyout clause amount for a coach that is fired is the university president should say to the athletic director….

“OK…but if we have to fire this head coach for non-performance before this contract is completed I am going to take this buyout number out of your ass and if you are still OK with this contract then let’s get it signed!”

Here’s the problem with Athletic Directors….

Not A Damn One of them is risking One Damn Penny of their own money and that is why agents are able to ROLL athletic directors with coaches’ contracts and then laugh like Hell as soon as they get in the car to go home…and we mean laugh like Hell!

Todd Graham’s buyout if fired for non-performance should be around $3 million dollars

Brian Kelly’s buyout if fired for non-performance should be around $4 million dollars

NO ONE should have multi-million dollar buyouts such as Todd Graham being owed $14 million dollars as Graham is owed at Arizona State and the reason for that is when a Human Being has that much money owed to them they sometimes in our opinion….

Get Lazy As Hell

….or maybe they have just quit teaching tackling in Tempe could also be the problem!

Of course most college football coaches think when their ass is sitting in the office or they are at practice or they our recruiting they are working BUT Hello From the Real World…

If you don’t produce all of that time in the office, on the practice field, and out recruiting is Totally Damn Useless!

Now let’s see here….the last 2 seasons Mr. 14+ Million Dollar Owed Man Todd Graham has posted records of…

Overall:  11 – 14

Pac-12:  6 – 12

….and in Dennis Erickson’s last two years at ASU he posted records of…

Overall:  12 – 13

Pac-12:  8 – 10

Geez…seems Dennis Erickson’s ass got run out of Tempe and now…

Todd Graham’s ass is getting kissed!

Be Proud fans of Arizona State Football!

YOU owe YOUR head coach $14+ million dollars and maybe he has just gotten Lazy As Hell…or maybe they just quit teaching tackling in Tempe…in our humble opinion!

3.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – Let’s take a look at the $5 Million Dollar Man…Kevin Sumlin….records in SEC Conference play from the 2013 season forward:

2013:  4 – 4
2014:  3 – 5
2015:  4 – 4
2016:  4 – 4

Total:  15 – 17

Yep…Aggies are paying a head coach in Kevin Sumlin $5 million dollars plus a season to post a winning percentage in SEC Conference play over the last FOUR seasons of…


…but it gets worse because below is Sumlin’s SEC Conference record in home games at Mighty Kyle Field in College Station over the last FOUR seasons…

6 – 9  (.400)

Seems to us that if you are going to pay someone $5 Million Dollars Plus a season he should be able to post at least a…


…record in SEC Conference play at home….right?

Not if you are an Aggie it seems who are Mighty Damn Proud to be…

Below Average As Hell

…..and will celebrate the Holiday Season being Below Average As Hell…AGAIN!

Even more troubling for a coach being paid $5 Million Dollars Plus a year to coach the Texas A&M Aggies….Kevin Sumlin….even counting the first year with Johnny “Hide Your Bourbon” Manziel in 2012 when A&M posted a record of 11 – 2 Sumlin’s record….

Against Power 5 Conference Schools With .500 or better records is…

20 – 20

….over his entire FIVE seasons at Texas A&M!

Yep…when you see an Aggie just do what we do now…

Hey Mr. .500 or worse….how’s it to feel to be an Aggie?

4.  Jim Mora, UCLA – Several years ago over drinks in New Orleans an athletic director at a FBS school told us that a key metric in evaluating college head football coaches was….

Record against .500 or better teams

….which was a better measure than overall records since any average coach can rack up wins against inferior talent. We here at Coaches Hot Seat have been looking closely at a similar metric the last couple of years for head coaches at Power 5 schools…

Record against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records

….and over the last two seasons UCLA head coach Jim Mora’s record against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records is…

3 – 11!

Oh…in 2016 UCLA amongst their EIGHT losses the Bruins lost to TWO Power 5 Conference schools that posted losing records this past season which really puts Mora’s…

3 – 11

….record against Power 5 Conference schools with .500 or better records in perspective and in our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat after studying our new metric the last few years…

If you don’t have at least a .500 record against Power 5 Conference Schools with .500 or better records you have very Damn little chance of holding onto your head coaching job and that is why Jim Mora is in such a precarious spot now because another bad season and the Jim Mora era at UCLA will end after the 2017 season for sure!

Just checking….UCLA’s 2017 Pac-12 schedule is not out yet but out-of-conference the Bruins play….

Texas A&M
At Memphis

….and 9 Pac-12 Conference games and in our opinion there is a very Damn good chance the Bruins are 1 – 2 or 0 – 3 when they enter Pac-12 Conference play next season!

What can Jim Mora do to turn things around at UCLA which are right now going straight in the crapper?

This past Summer a couple of Coaches Hot Seat members traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to have a 25 th year reunion of the shipmates they served on a US Navy ship in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf in 1991. Now being in tight quarters on a US Navy ship for six-plus months can be stressful as Hell and throw in many months in the Hot as Hell Persian Gulf before, during and after Desert Storm and you have a recipe for disaster BUT 25 years later we were thrilled to see our shipmates and that is how Jim Mora should approach being the head football coach at UCLA.

Will the football players and coaches at UCLA today want to get together with Jim Mora 25 years from now to rekindle great memories?

If Jim Mora treats them right they will and in football or in the US Navy “treats them right” means being demanding at times, always respectful, but most of all caring about where the team, its players and coaches are going with their lives because without a LEADER doing that you don’t have a TEAM…and without a TEAM no organization whether in sports or anywhere else is going to accomplish a Damn thing.

5.  Paul Haynes, Kent State – We don’t keep up with the goings-on with the MAC Conference as much as the Power 5 Conferences but in FOUR seasons at Kent State head coach Paul Haynes has posted records of…

2013:  4 – 8
2014:  2 – 9
2015:  3 – 9
2016:  3 – 9

Overall:  12 – 35

MAC:  8 – 23

….and if a head coach can keep his job with that kind of record then….

God Bless America because even the Total Damn Failures can keep their jobs!

6.  Bret Bielema, Arkansas – Forgetting the one year disaster that was John L. Smith hired in the wake of the Bobby Petrino debacle one has to go pretty far back in Arkansas football history to find a head coach that has a winning percentage in conference play of…


….that Bret Bielema has posted in FOUR seasons as the head coach of Arkansas, and since we love college football history let’s take a stroll down Hog Football Lane and see what kinds of conference records Arkansas past head coaches did post.

Arkansas Head Coaches and Conference Winning Percentages

Bobby Petrino:  .531

Houston Nutt:  .525

Danny Ford:  .402

Joe Kines:  .438

Jack Crowe:  .375

Ken Hatfield:  .783

Lou Holtz:  .670

Frank Broyles:  .714

Jack Mitchell:  .472

Bowden Wyatt:  .583

Otis Douglas:  .222

Yep…one has to go back to Otis Douglass who coached the Arkansas Razorbacks between 1950 – 1952 to find a head coach who has a WORSE winning percentage than Bret Bielema of…


….in conference play but then our good Arkansas fishing buddy who has lived in Ft. Smith, Arkansas his entire life told us recently…

“Bielema has everyone so fooled he could go .500 another 10 years at Arkansas and they would build his ass a statue in Fayetteville!”

Oh…but what is Bret Bielema’s record at Arkansas in FOUR seasons against Power 5 Conference teams with .500 or better records you ask?

11 – 22

….which is a winning percentage of…


Hell…if Bret Bielema EVER does get back to the .500 mark against legitimate football teams they probably will build a statue of his ass in Fayetteville!

Oh how Arkansas Football has Total Downgraded its expectations since Bobby Petrino crashed that motorcycle when there was talk of…GASP…

Arkansas taking on Nick Saban and Mighty Alabama!

Uhhh…not anymore with more than likely a statue of Bret Bielema’s ass probably already in the planning stages in Fayetteville!

7.  Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss – One of our favorite places to visit in the South in or out of football season is Oxford, Mississippi and one of our favorite haunts is Square Books on the square in downtown Oxford…

Southern writers have always been fascinating reads, especially the Southern writers that were able to capture the interesting place that the South has been and continues to be today like William Faulkner and writers such as Shelby Foote and Walker Percy which a great book was written about in 1997 by Mr. Foote and the below video has some great stories about Foote and Walker’s long friendship:

Getting back to football we have a terrific contact in Mississippi who loves to tell us all kinds of stories about the Mississippi and Mississippi State football programs and we always request to meet our contact at Square Books in Oxford which begins with a conversation in the book store and moves on to us…

Walking and Talking around Oxford about all kinds of things but which usually swings back around to college football.

A Coaches Hot Seat member that was down South for Thanksgiving drove over to Oxford, Mississippi after the Holiday weekend and spent an hour or so with our contact in Mississippi and they met at Square Books and did some Walking and Talking around Oxford and our friend’s opinion on the state of Mississippi football is the following….condensed down into the Cliff Notes version…

“Hugh Freeze is in a Helluva situation. The NCAA mess is hanging over Hugh and the football program with no end in sight and I don’t know if Hugh has a clue where he is going to take Ole Miss into the future. He will have a tough time getting new coaches to Oxford…and recruits as well…and there is a real chance the current malaise could turn 2017 into a…disaster.”

CHS Member: “So what would you tell Freeze to do?”

Mississippi Contact: “Well…no one is going to believe anything you say unless you believe it yourself and right now when you look at Hugh I don’t think he has a clue where he is going nor has he dealt with where the Ole Miss football program is right now. In the end Hugh is going to have to put on a mask of sorts to hide his indecision and make sure he keeps that positive mask on until he gets out of the hole he is now in.”

CHS Member: “Fake it till you make it?”

Mississippi Contact: “That’s what Faulkner would recommend if alive!”

Lots of Laughter!

Let’s look at the Ole Miss 2017 football schedule:

South Alabama
UT Martin
At California
At Alabama
At Auburn
At Kentucky
La. Lafayette
Texas A&M
At Mississippi State

Damn…that’s a pretty tough schedule and that opening game against South Alabama may be one the biggest MUST WIN games in recent college football history with games at Cal, at Alabama and at Auburn on deck!

Could Hugh Freeze possibly survive a second-straight losing season at Ole Miss?

Not A Chance In Hell!

How about some more Shelby Foote this time talking about his book Stars in Their Courses:  The Gettysburg Campaign:

8.  Butch Jones, Tennessee – Reading this recent story by Travis Haney at 24/7 Sports on Butch Jones at Tennessee….

“The culture is a disaster:” Jones, Vols trending the wrong way, Travis Haney, 24/7 Sports

….the following paragraphs from the story really jumped out at us:

“Those close to Jones paint the picture of a good man with good intentions — but one who struggles with insecurity.

“Butch is not very comfortable in his own skin,” one source told us. “Until he has that, he’ll just never be a great coach. He’s not comfortable in his own skin in recruiting, play-calling, organization …

“He’s great in a small setting, but he’s just not a comfortable guy.”

Jones won at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, but Tennessee is his first Power 5-level job.

“It’s like he doesn’t think he should be there,” the source said. “It’s like he doesn’t think he belongs. And that permeates through the program. Everyone feels that.”

Another source inside the building wondered if this point — 29-21 in four seasons — constituted a career crossroads for Jones.

“I think Butch is still growing as a coach, but he needs to make a decision that this is the level he wants to be at,” the source said. “I’m not sure that it is.”

The source added that Jones tendency to bicker with reporters is indicative of a coach unsure of himself and his position.

“Why would you lecture the media?” the source said. “You can’t have a slogan that says ‘Own It’ and then not own it when it comes time. People will follow true leaders through brick walls, but if you talk and don’t back it up, you turn over your shoulder and no one is there.””

Here’s the thing about criticism whether it is being delivered by the fans, the media or a website like Coaches Hot Seat on the current status of a head coach which Coach Bill Walsh understood totally and is the way that all coaches should approach criticism:

“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”

“Learn from the deserved”…those are words that all leaders of organizations whether a football team or of an office should understand completely because it’s often only in from criticism where…

Truth is actually able to get through to the leader….because most of the compliments, patting on the back, and otherwise kissing one’s ass is nothing but Bullshit being blown-up someone’s ass to gain favor which makes almost all but criticism totally Damn worthless.

We have a good friend who owns a top restaurant in San Francisco and over cold beers one night after his restaurant had closed we asked if he ever got complaints about his restaurant’s service or food and here was his response:

“Yes, we get complaints and I treat them for what they are…a gift!”

Coaches Hot Seat: “Really….a gift?”

Restaurant Friend: “Yes…a gift…because a customer has taken the time to point out something that clearly me sitting here running this restaurant to the best of my ability wasn’t able to see and 9 times out of 10 the customer was right and we corrected the issue and made sure it didn’t happen again.”

Instead of worrying and becoming paranoid about what the media or fans or Coaches Hot Seat or anyone else is saying Butch Jones should instead do the following:

Look at the criticism quickly….determine if any of the criticism is warranted…fix things that need to be fixed…and then move the Hell on!

From our perspective on the outside looking in easily the biggest problem for Butch Jones in his FOUR seasons at Tennessee is that far too often Jones has not had his teams ready to play INFERIOR teams which is outrageous and unacceptable and points to a preparation issue which probably starts in the coaches’ offices, goes onto the practice fields, and continues right up until the kick-off of games like South Carolina and Vanderbilt this year which Tennessee had No Damn Business losing…PERIOD!

Coach Walsh again on this very point…

“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”

Mainly Butch Jones needs to find LEADERS among his coaching staff and players that are willing to build the “virtually self-sustaining and self-directed – almost autonomous” football program that right now falls to pieces in stressful situations which goes right back to Butch Jones own failing as a LEADER.

Look inside yourself and figure it out Butch Jones because if you don’t your head coaching career might very well be over a year from now at the ripe old age of 49!

9.  Mark Whipple, UMass – Mark Whipple had a decent run as the head coach at UMass between 1998 – 2003 when the Minutemen were playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference BUT in the last THREE season with the UMass playing the MAC and as an Independent in 2016 records of…

2014:  3 – 9
2015:  3 – 9
2016:  2 – 10

Overall:  8 – 28

MAC:  5 – 11

…cannot be what the folks at UMass expected when they brought Whipple back to the school but then wouldn’t anyone expect a Head Coach at ANY school to post a better record than…

2 – 10

…in his THIRD year on the job?

One would think so.

Below is the UMass Football Schedule for 2017:

At Coastal Carolina
Old Dominion
At Temple
At Tennessee
Georgia Southern
Appalachian State
A Mississippi State

Damn….UMass will be LUCKY to win 2 games in 2017 with that schedule!

10.  Lance Leipold, Buffalo – Lance Leipold arrived at Buffalo in 2015 after posing the following amazing records as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater:

Overall:  109 – 6

Conference:  53 – 3

6 NCAA Division III National Championships in 8 seasons


At Buffalo Leipold has posted records of…

Overall:  7 – 17

MAC:  4 – 12

….and at times in 2016 Buffalo has looked like a team without a head coach like…

Losing to Albany
24 point loss to Kent State
37 point loss to Northern Illinois
21 point loss to Akron

….which ended with a 2 – 10 record and Leipold squarely on the Hot Seat entering 2017.

Can Lance Leipold turnaround Buffalo football which only a few years ago under Turner Gill went to a bowl game?

We haven’t a Damn Clue to the answer to that question but in year THREE one would think the Bulls should be fighting for and be Damn close to a .500 record…right?


The State of Alabama Football – Post Week 3 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Coaches – Give ‘Em the Hell Johnny!


The State of Alabama Football


A couple of Coaches Hot Seat members were in Tuscaloosa from last Thursday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon for the Ole Miss – Alabama football game and to interview a few University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce which they report is a mighty Damn fine school of business and late last night after doing some poking around the Alabama football program also the last few days they filed what they called…

The State of Alabama Football

…report which is Damn fascinating reading that is most certainly NOT for public consumption since many of the conclusions would probably land our asses in court if we published them in the Coaches Hot Seat Blog but we can say in this spot that…

There is something rotten in the state of Tuscaloosa!

What exactly is going on with Alabama football right now and where is the Crimson Tide football program headed into the future?


Well…and these are our opinions here at Coaches Hot Seat mind you….BUT…the bottom-line conclusion of our folks on the ground in Tuscaloosa on The State of Alabama Football is…

Nick Saban overreacted to the “Kick 6” loss to Auburn at the end of the 2013 season which eventually led to Saban firing Bama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and to the hiring of Lane Kiffin under what we will call…

“Dubious and Pressured Circumstances and in many ways forced on Nick Saban by “a couple of folks” in the name of “saving Lane Kiffin” precious ass when Kiffin’s coaching career was going into the toilet where it rightly belonged then and belongs today!”

…..and now instead of Nick Saban spending his time as the head coach at Alabama and primarily working on the defensive side of the ball Saban now spends upwards of 50% of his time overseeing Lane Kiffin’s precious ass and the Alabama offense.

In the opinion of the two Coaches Hot Seat members that spent several days in Tuscaloosa the once mighty Alabama offense which won three national titles for Nick Saban and was focused on controlling the ball, dominating the opposing team’s defense, and generally destroying the will of their opponents has now been “hollowed-out” by the implementation of Kiffin’s hurry-up spread offense that prizes showcasing Lane Kiffin’s precious ass and Little Damn Else!

In case anyone was wondering below is the definition of “hollowed-out” as an adjective, noun and verb according to dictionary.com:

adjective, hollower, hollowest.
1. having a space or cavity inside; not solid; empty: a hollow sphere.
2. having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface.
3. sunken, as the cheeks or eyes.
4. (of sound) not resonant; dull, muffled, or deep: a hollow voice.
5. without real or significant worth; meaningless: a hollow victory.
6. insincere or false: hollow compliments.
7. hungry; having an empty feeling: I feel absolutely hollow, so let’s eat.
8. an empty space within anything; a hole, depression, or cavity.
9. a valley: They took the sheep to graze in the hollow.
10. Foundry. a concavity connecting two surfaces otherwise intersecting at an obtuse angle.
verb (used with object)
11. to make hollow (often followed by out): to hollow out a log.
12. to form by making something hollow (often followed by out): to hollow a place in the sand; boats hollowed out of logs.


Yep…that’s the Alabama offense under Lane Kiffin…

Freaking Hollowed-Out!

On a related note the two Coaches Hot Seat members got to see Nick Saban close-up and we mean close-up…within 10 feet…before the Ole Miss – Alabama game and they wrote in their report on The State of Alabama Football about the appearance of Nick Saban and the Alabama coaching staff:

“Nick Saban looks like he hasn’t slept in weeks if not months. The area below his eyes were very swollen suggesting severe fatigue and it looked as if Saban had aged 10 years since the last time we saw him close-up at the Oklahoma – Alabama Sugar Bowl game in January 2013.

There is a noticeable tension among the Alabama coaching staff with both the staff and players looking very nervous and not confident at all right before kick-off of the game against Ole Miss. The Alabama sideline and coaches were much more subdued in the game against Ole Miss compared to when we have seen Alabama in-person in the past, and it seems the coaches and players were taking cues from Nick Saban who seemed unhappy before the game, miserable during the game, and in a complete daze as the game ended. It almost seemed like the Alabama coaches and players came into the game expecting to lose to Ole Miss and that is exactly what happened in a real world case of what one feared most becoming reality.

We foresee changes to the Alabama coaching staff in the upcoming offseason with Lane Kiffin leaving soon after the season is over if not before and maybe Nick Saban leaving Alabama if the right head coaching job offer came along because it seems that Saban is miserable having to meet the never-ending expectations at Alabama where winning games and championships isn’t expected but rather a birthright given to Alabama by God himself. Nick Saban needs a new challenge for the last 7 to 10 years of his coaching career and trying to keep winning championships at Alabama where not winning a National Title every year is akin to insulating Bama fans across the globe doesn’t look like much fun which means we believe Nick Saban will either be working in television a year from now or coaching the Texas Longhorns.”

There is a Helluva lot more in the 14 page report including an entertaining section on just what in the Hell is wrong with the Alabama offense which his titled:

“How Lane Kiffin Destroyed A Championship Winning Offense in Two Years While Getting His Ass Kissed by the Media”

OK…enough on Alabama for now….because we will have a Helluva lot more to say about Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Paul Finebaum, Jimmy Sexton, and “Y Person” if Alabama loses to Georgia and lands all four of the above Bastards on the Hot Seat with an analysis of the Complete and Total Idiocy that led to Nick Saban hiring Lane Kiffin at Alabama which may just turn-out to be one of the Stupidest Decisions in the history of sports in America as Kiffin brings down one of the Great College Football Dynasties in the history of the game and for what…to save the coaching career of Lane Freaking Kiffin!

Oh, please let Georgia beat Alabama….although in our opinion…

Georgia is NOT MAN ENOUGH to beat Alabama!

Post Week 3 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Coaches – Give ‘Em the Hell Johnny!

A chair on fire... metaphor "In The Hot Seat"

Post Week 3 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 21 – 30 Hot Seat Coaches

Come on down Johnny Cash because we have a few Coaches on the Hot Seat that love to hear you sing Ring of Fire…NOT REALLY!


21.  Todd Monken, Southern Miss – Todd Monken and his Southern Miss Golden Eagles got a nice win over Texas State on the road on Saturday by the score of 56 – 50 which runs the USM record to 2 – 1 in 2015 and gives Monken’s team the opportunity to win a decent amount of games this season AND get Todd Monken off the Hot Seat!

In his third season at Southern Miss Todd Monken now has win/loss records of…

Overall:  6 – 21

CUSA:  2 – 14

….and a game at Nebraska this coming Saturday. Can Southern Miss possibly beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln and in the process further turn up the heat on Mike Riley’s ass in the process?

Probably not…BUT…the goal for Todd Monken and Southern Miss is to get to 6 wins in 2015 and with 2 wins on the board all the Golden Eagles need now is 4 wins and out of their last 9 games and if Monken can’t accomplish that in his third season on the job then his ass deserves to be on the Hot Seat!


22.  Al Golden, Miami – Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes did their Damndest to give away the game to Nebraska on Saturday but in the end the Canes got the win in overtime and now it is on to Cincinnati for the 3 – 0 “U” which is a game that a Miami head coach in his FIFTH year on the job at Miami just flat-out CANNOT LOSE!

With Florida State up next Miami MUST beat Cincinnati on the road on October 1 as they look for the “9 to 10 wins” that Al Golden MUST have to remain the Hurricanes coach in 2016 and with these games left to play it’s easy to see why Cincinnati is a MUST WIN Game!

At Cincinnati
At Florida State
Virginia Tech
At Duke
At North Carolina
Georgia Tech
At Pitt

Damn…that’s a pretty tough schedule for Al Golden…but Hell this is “The U” we are talking about here so if the Canes beat Cincinnati we are expecting a….

10 – 2

…final regular season record at the worst!

Coach ‘Em Up Al Golden!


23.  Craig Bohl, Wyoming – No one here at Coaches Hot Seat has yet figured out why Craig Bohl left powerhouse FCS program North Dakota State for FBS weakling Wyoming because it was our opinion that Bohl was in line for a BIG FBS job after all his success at NDSU which we thought might be Nebraska once Bo Pelini was run out of Lincoln which was always going to happen eventually….right? RIGHT!

Maybe Craig Bohl who played and coached for Tom Osborne at Nebraska got the word from the folks in Lincoln that he was never going to jump from North Dakota State to his alma mater BUT if we had been the AD at Nebraska we would have fired Bo Pelini a few years ago just to hire Craig Bohl BUT then what the Hell do we know compared to that Real Man of Genius now running Nebraska Athletics Shawn Eichorst who will be run out of Lincoln on a rail with his coaching hire Mike Riley if Riley doesn’t exceed Pelini’s winning ways in Lincoln…right? RIGHT!

Whatever is going on in Lincoln Craig Bohl in his second season at Wyoming is sitting on records of…

Overall:  4 – 11

MWC:  2 – 6

….and has started the 2015 season off at 0 – 3 which has put Bohl into a Helluva spot that he will only get out of by doing one thing…

Winning Football Games!

Here is what Wyoming has left to play this season…

At New Mexico
At Appalachian State
At Air Force
At Boise State
At Utah State
Colorado State
At San Diego State

…and if you can find 6 wins for Wyoming out of their remaining 9 games then you are either an Idiot or doing some serious Damn drugs!

Will Craig Bohl’s once promising coaching career end in the wide-open plains of Wyoming after pulling one of the strangest coaching career moves in history that rivals Paul Dietzel’s decision in 1961 to leave LSU for the Army job which also ended up as a Complete Freaking Disaster?

Maybe so.

24.  Curtis Johnson, Tulane – Curtis Johnson and Tulane got their CUPCAKE win on Saturday over FCS Maine and now it’ss back to Not Really Big Boy Football after a bye week when Tulane hosts UCF which will probably be 0 – 4 once they get to New Orleans and in a Complete and Total Death Spiral under George O’Leary who it seems wants to be an AD more than he wants to be a Head Coach with his UCF football team reflecting that reality!

Very simply Curtis Johnson needs some wins in 2015 and when we write Curtis Johnson needs some wins in 2015 we mean Curtis Johnson needs…

6 Wins in the Regular Season

….to get Tulane back to a bowl game and somewhat back in the conversation as a legitimate football program and if Tulane doesn’t get 6 wins in 2015 then a pretty decent job for an up-and-coming young football coach who loves eating good food will probably open up in the Great City of New Orleans come December.

Get some wins Curtis Johnson starting with a win over Hapless UCF on October 3 but until then enjoy New Orleans!


25.  Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia – After starting 2 – 0 with wins over Georgia Southern and Liberty West Virginia had a bye week and now the football season actually begins with a MUST WIN Game against Maryland at home that Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers MUST WIN because they have a trip to Oklahoma on deck and being at 2 – 2 after four games would do nothing but turn the heat up on Holgorsen’s ass and make things very uncomfortable for Dana when Oklahoma State shows up in Morgantown on October 10.

BEAT Maryland and get off the Hot Seat for now Dana Holgorsen.

LOSE to Maryland and the Hot Seat just gets HOTTER Dana Holgorsen!

26.  Paul Haynes, Kent State – Here’s the problem for Kent State head coach Paul Haynes:

Paul Haynes took over a Kent State football team that won 11 games in 2012 under Darrell Hazell and here are Kent State’s records the last two-plus seasons…

2013:  4 – 8
2014:  2 – 9
2015:  1 – 2

…and that is either a trend that Paul Haynes will reverse and quick in 2015 or Kent State will be looking for a new head football coach come December.

Now at 1 – 2 on the season after a nice game but yet another loss against Minnesota with the lone win coming over Delaware State…CUPCAKE….this season Kent State has left to play in 2015….

At Miami, Ohio
At Toledo
At UMass
Bowling Green
At Ohio
Central Michigan
At Akron

…and we would recommend the Golden Flashes find 5 more wins out their last 9 games for their head football coach….just a friendly recommendation from the folks at Coaches Hot Seat!


27.  Bob Davie, New Mexico – When Bob Davie was working as an analyst for ESPN he always said that he would run the type of offense he is now running at New Mexico which to us is a slight variation of the run option offense that both Davie and Lou Holtz ran at Notre Dame which to us is ugly as Hell but then we tend to favor the West Coast offense as created by the Late Great Bill Walsh which had a huge running component but hands down was and is the most beautiful football offense in the world when called, run and executed correctly.

Whatever type of offense Bob Davie is running at New Mexico the FACTS are Davie’s records in four seasons at the school now stand at…

Overall:  12 – 28

MWC:  4 – 20

….which is not the kind of win/loss record that the folks in Albuquerque were expecting when they hired former Notre Dame head coach Bob Davie and we know that is how a couple of big New Mexico athletics boosters feel because we played golf with them earlier this year near Santa Fe and they told us that…

“Either Bob Davie takes New Mexico to a bowl game this season or it’s over for Bob.”


That was pretty matter of fact and with the Lobos now at 1 – 2 on the season and these games remaining to be played….

At Wyoming
New Mexico State
At Nevada
At San Jose State
Utah State
At Boise State
Colorado State
Air Force

…if Davie can squeeze out 5 wins out of New Mexico’s last 9 games and get his team to a bowl game for the first time in his four years at UNM then he should get a few more seasons to get things right with the Lobos BUT Bob…that Damn offense son…it just looks like Hell!


28.  Bobby Petrino, Louisville – The “What Ifs” on Bobby Petrino’s coaching career are a mile long BUT the one decision that stands out to us was Petrino’s decision to interview for the Auburn head coaching job after only being gone from Auburn for one season where he worked as the offensive coordinator for Tommy Tuberville the very coach that a few Auburn trustees and athletic director were working to run out of town only to be replaced by an assistant in Petrino that had just left the school. Since it was Tommy Tuberville that brought Bobby Petrino to Auburn from the NFL which was a move that in FACT led to Petrino getting the Louisville head coaching job if it had been any of us sitting in Petrino’s shoes and someone from Auburn called us about the Auburn head coaching job before Tommy Tuberville had even been fired the very first thing we would have done is call Tuberville….the man that helped Petrino out….and tell Tubbs that he was being undermined by a few Bastards at Auburn.

Instead Bobby Petrino took that call and met secretly with those Auburn Bastards which of course was leaked out to radio show host Paul Finebaum from the pilot or pilots of the plane that took those Auburn Bastards to Louisville for that secret meeting with Petrino and as they say the rest is history with that history being…

Tommy Tuberville keeping his job at Auburn

Bobby Petrino bolting for the Atlanta Falcons after telling everyone that would listen he would not be leaving Louisville

Bobby Petrino leaving the Atlanta Falcons for the Arkansas job before his first season was even completed

Bobby Petrino having his dalliance and motorcycle crash at Arkansas and then lying about it and getting his ass rightly fired in Fayetteville

Bobby Petrino getting the Western Kentucky job which he held for one season

Bobby Petrino getting re-hired at Louisville 8 years after he told anyone that would listen he would never be leaving Louisville

Hell, you truly could not make the above up but then the ONLY reason Bobby Petrino was re-hired at Louisville is because he wins football games…at least on the college level…but now the Cardinals are off to an 0 – 3 start after losses to Auburn, Houston and Clemson and they have these games still left to be played:

At NC State
At Florida State
Boston College
At Wake Forest
At Pitt
At Kentucky

Can Bobby Petrino and Louisville find at least 6 wins out of their remaining 9 games and avoid a losing season in 2015 which Petrino has only posted one time before on the college level?

That is a hard question to answer but we can easily recall how much Bobby Petrino loved rubbing it in the faces of Kentucky football fans how much better the Louisville football program was than Kentucky during Petrino’s first Louisville stint and here’s to hoping Louisville is 5 – 6 when they play Kentucky in Lexington on November 28 and the Kentucky Wildcats…


….and Petrino getting a taste of his own Bullshit not that Bobby Petrino would give two rips because something like this would happen —>

Petrino’s agent is on the phone and there is an AD somewhere in America willing to sell out his soul to win a few football games and he is interested in talking to Bobby Petrino!

Our guess….Bobby Petrino would sell-out Louisville again telling anyone that would listen he would never be leaving the school moments before he walked out the door!

No…we don’t HATE Bobby Petrino like we HATED or rather HATE Charlie Weis but for Damn sure Bobby Petrino has a lot of Bullshit to atone for and here’s to hoping that a Helluva lot of that atoning happens to Bobby Petrino in 2015 and if it does we will take Great Joy in lighting up Petrino’s Sorry Ass!


29.  Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic – Over the years a number of Coaches Hot Seat members have gotten to Boca Raton, Florida for business or vacation and we have met a number of the folks that support FAU athletics which in reality didn’t really exist when we first started going to Boca Raton years ago and it was the opinion of many here at Coaches Hot Seat which we expressed to our Boca Raton friends that Mike Leach who is now at Washington State but then was living Key West would have been an ideal head football coach at FAU. Mike Leach of course took the Washington State job which although a nice head coaching job doesn’t really fit “The Pirate” very well and our thinking was that Mike Leach would do well at FAU and then take one of the bigger jobs in the state of Florida like Miami, USF or UCF after few years at FAU but alas Leach went to the Northwest and FAU hired Charlie Partridge who although a nice guy and good football coach hasn’t done a Helluva lot in Boca Raton while posting records of…

Overall:  3 – 12

CUSA:  2 – 6

….in two years on the job at FAU.

Now with an 0 – 3 start to the 2015 season with losses to Tulsa, Miami and Buffalo (who has a first year head coach) FAU and Partridge face the daunting task of finding 6 wins in their last 9 games to get bowl eligible with this remaining schedule:

At Charlotte
At Western Kentucky
Middle Tennessee
At Florida
At Old Dominion

Sorry…we just don’t see FAU winning 6 games in 2015 but then Charlie Partridge could prove us wrong now couldn’t he?

Coach ‘Em Up Charlie and if you don’t…..You Got It….Hot Seat!


30.  Jeff Monken, Army – We don’t not like putting the head coaches of the US Military service academies on the Hot Seat but Jeff Monken in his second year at Army after a nice four-year run as the head coach at Georgia Southern has forced our hand by starting the 2015 season out at 0 – 3 in three closes losses to three pretty decent football teams but losses nonetheless.

Yes…playing winning football is not easy at a place like West Point but we are expecting a lot out of Jeff Monken at Army and now at 0 – 3 on the season with these games remaining to be played….

At Eastern Michigan
At Penn State
At Rice
At Air Force

….it’s not going to be easy getting to 6 wins for Army this season but then it wasn’t easy on the US Army at the Battle of the Bulge either was it?

Go Army!

Win Some Damn Football Games!

But For Damn Sure Don’t Beat Navy!

Go Navy!