We have a lot to say on some of the reactions and behavior of head football coaches that have been about to be fired or have been fired, but time limits our ability to get to those comments right now…. We will get to them though….Let’s get to the Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings….
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Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
Top 10 Coaches on Post Week 13 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings
1. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame – No, Charlie Weis was wrong when he showed up in South Bend five years ago. Notre Dame is not a “6-5” team but actually a 6-6 football team! Oh, that’s rich and how appropriate that a guy that has popped off about every way possible about how the Great Charlie Weis would save Notre Dame got his ass handed to him by a team in Stanford that was filled with players for the most part that Notre Dame wouldn’t have recruited on a bet. That Charlie Weis is a pompous arrogant ass is beyond question, as are most people that are in the Bill Parcells coaching tree, but his actions after the Stanford game when he was still on the Notre Dame payroll of not speaking to the media paints Weis as coward as well. Think about the difference between Charlie Weis who is being paid millions of dollars and that he is afraid to talk to the media about his job status and our brave young men and women in the US military that are risking their lives everyday for practically nothing. That’s the real problem with the Bill Parcells types, they talk this great game about how they know everything and everyone else can just go to Hell, but when you get right down to it, have Bill Parcells, Charlie Weis and anyone else in that coaching tree ever done anything for this country beyond paying their taxes and registering to vote? We rather doubt it. Do these coaches even realize that the entire world does not revolve around them and that acting like a pompous ass is not inappropriate but in fact says a lot about the character of the person acting that way? We again rather doubt it, but Weis’ actions after the Stanford game did not surprise us a bit and now Charlie will be able to go back to the NFL which is filled with people and coaches that believe the entire world revolves them and the Hell with everyone else. We here at Coaches Hot Seat are actually kind of sad to see Charlie Weis go, because the dichotomy between what he told people what he was going to do and what he actually did was all rather entertaining to us and Charlie offered up a great example of someone we could point to and say to our children: “Don’t act like that guy.” The bottom-line is that Charlie Weis told a lot of people what he was going to do and he utterly failed to deliver on those incredibly arrogant statements which makes anything that comes out of Charlie Weis mouth for the rest of his life about what will happen in the future subject to a great deal of skepticism. Of course, in the NFL you can say anything and it will be forgotten two seconds later if you can get a QB to complete a couple of passes in a row! Good Luck Charlie!
2. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland – As we have said here for some time at Coaches Hot Seat, we like and respect Ralph Friedgen but it is impossible for us to not recognize that something has gone terribly wrong at Maryland in recent years under the Fridge. Ralph is now 35 – 38 in his last 73 games at Maryland and there is just no way that kind of record can be satisfying to the folks in College Park and that record along with some of the erratic and uninspired play by the Terps in recent years has to be what is being discussed by the decision makers. Should Ralph Friedgen be fired and can Maryland even afford to fire Friedgen ($4 million dollar buyout)? That is a question we cannot answer because we are not there looking Ralph Friedgen in the eye, but if we were there and we did not think that the Terps would be a competitive team in the ACC in 2010 then yes, we would fire Ralph Friedgen, because if a team cannot compete for the ACC title every year then what the Hell is the point of even fielding a football team? There is none.
3. Dan Hawkins, Colorado – By all rights and if we were living in a normal world Dan Hawkins would have been fired this week. With a $3 million dollar plus buyout and massive cuts in higher education in the state of Colorado we thought that firing Dan Hawkins and handing him millions of dollars to not coach football was a non-starter, but it is impossible to look at the win/loss trend at CU under Hawkins, 2-10, 6-7, 5-7, 3-9 for an overall record of 16-33 and not wonder just what the Hell is going on in Boulder. Look at Colorado’s 2009 record and see that the Buffs have 3 wins against Wyoming, Kansas and Texas A&M (all at home in Boulder) none of which have a winning record. Then look at who Colorado lost to, Colorado State (losing record in ’09), Toledo (losing record in ’09), Kansas State (.500 record in ’09), Iowa State (.500 record in ’09) and you have the Buffs playing 7 teams on CU’s ’09 schedule that had .500 record or worse and CU could only come up with 3 wins. Yes, these are very strange days in Boulder, but a perfect storm of a very bad economy, public policy makers in Colorado that are turning the state into California II (which is a state where it is impossible for businesses to make profits and thus general revenues are plummeting and thus there is a lot less money for higher education), a school that have no extra money to buyout football coaches, a head coach that is graduating his players and that are staying out of trouble and it all adds up to a coach getting another year on the job. We have been honest here at Coaches Hot Seat this year in that we think a lot of Dan Hawkins so it has not been easy for us to write about him each week of the season, but Dan Hawkins knows that what has happened with the CU football program is all on him and that it is only him that can turn this mess around. When we watched Colorado play this year we see a football team that doesn’t look as strong as its opponents and a team that looked like it really didn’t know what the Hell it was supposed to be doing on either side of the ball. If Dan Hawkins is smart he will take the announcement that he will be back for the 2010 season like someone just pulled a fire alarm because things have to dramatically change in Boulder or the CU football program could be an utter disaster at the end of next season and in the market looking for a new head football coach.
4. Mark Mangino, Kansas – Reading the Kansas papers it seems like it is only a matter of time before Mark Mangino is fired at Kansas and we can only look at Mark’s record at KU, 50 – 48 (.510) – 5 – 7 in 2009, and wonder if there is something real here or is there an agenda behind the scenes in Lawrence. We were not on the practice fields and in the meetings at Kansas in recent years but if some of the things that have appeared in the press by former players is true then Mangino should apologize for some of the things he has said, but if they are not true then he should stand up for himself and defend his coaching tenure at KU. Since we have no way of knowing what is true and what is not, we can only sit and wait and see what the decision makers at Kansas decide to do. Just on his record alone should Mark Mangino be on the Hot Seat? It is a close call because of the fall off at KU in the last two seasons after the 12-1 record in 2007, but if there was no controversy going on behind the scenes in Lawrence then we rather doubt that Mark Mangino would be on the verge of losing his job.
5. Paul Wulff, Washington State – It seems that even a shutout in the Apple Cup can’t get the folks in Pullman worked up as Washington State loses big in another Pac-10 game and runs Wulff two-year record at WSU to 3 – 22 (.120). Yes, it seems that Paul Wulff could lose every game he coaches, even by very wide margins and he would not be on the Hot Seat in Pullman but Coaches Hot Seat is not in Pullman and in extreme cases like we have we judge coaches on the very simple standard of wins and losses and what any average man or woman off any street in America could have done if he was coaching the same team in the same games. We believe that it would be next for impossible for any random man or woman selected off any random street in America coaching the Washington State football team over the last two years to lose 22 of 25 football games and that says about all you need to know about what is going on in Pullman. The folks at Washington State say that “they know something we don’t” about Paul Wulff and the WSU football program so everyone in the public and in the Coug fan base should just shut-up and fall to the ground and kiss Paul Wulff and the decision makers’ asses in Pullman. NOT! There is nothing going on in Pullman behind the curtain other than a football team that is not competitive in I-A football and a head coach that looks wildly out of his element. If you want to really know where Paul Wulff stands, just ask another head coach in the Pac-10 in private about what they hope happens at Washington State…..Shhhhhhhhh, keep this to yourself, but I hope Paul is in Pullman for A LONG TIME TO COME! Why wouldn’t head coaches in the Pac-10 think that, because not in recent memory have the head football coaches in the Pac-10 had a guaranteed conference win on their schedule but as long as Wulff is leading the Huskies every Pac-10 team starts the season with a 1-0 conference record! Yes, the folks in Pullman “know something we don’t.” Please, the fact is that the folks OUTSIDE of Pullman are the people that know “something the folks in Pullman don’t know” and we will tell you what we know….Keep Paul Wulff in place because having a guaranteed conference win on the schedule is not something that comes along very often, and that reality was certainly not the case when Bill Doba and Mike Price were leading the WSU football program! Again we way, would someone in Pullman please email us when you start playing football again.
6. Dennis Erickson, Arizona – It seems that Dennis Erickson is not only losing a lot of games at ASU he has also now exported some of the lack of discipline that was so evident at Miami after what happened against Arizona on Saturday. Dennis Erickson is now 19 – 18 (.514) in three seasons at ASU and that cannot be the record that Arizona State AD Lisa Love thought would be the kind of record that Erickson would have achieved to this point, especially the last two years of losing records (5-7 and 4-8). We will say the same thing now that we said when Erickson first went on the Hot seat earlier this year, we were down in Scottsdale in the offseason and we were told that Erickson and his staff let-up after their first year at ASU (10-3) and from where we sit a combined record of 9 – 15 over the last two years only confirms that story in our minds. The problem that Dennis Erickson and the Sun Devils now must face is that the Pac-10 is becoming a very difficult place to play when a coaching staff is not working around the clock all throughout the year and really what this comes down to is if Dennis Erickson and his coaching staff are REALLY COMMITTED to turning this thing around in 2010 or are they going to play golf and go fishing in the offseason. Arizona State is not Miami and the ASU coaching staff cannot just rely on having dozens of NFL players on the sideline and that means that either the folks in Tempe get serious about football in the offseason or ASU will be looking at another losing season in 2010. That is the reality of the situation, whether anyone at Arizona State wants to face up that reality is another story.
7. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan – We are on the record in saying that we didn’t think that Rich Rodriguez was a good fit at Michigan for a variety of reasons, coaching style, system, approach to the game, and Year 3 for Rich Rod at Michigan will finally determine if we were right in that opinion. We do believe that Rich Rodriguez is a very good football coach, but watching the offense he is running at Michigan and what Jim Harbaugh is running at Stanford is like the bizzarro world because Harbaugh is running the Michigan offense on The Farm. Michigan is one of those places where a certain type of football, drop-back, hard-nosed running, tough defense, is the way the fans really expect their team to play and what Rich Rodriguez is running in Ann Arbor is almost the exact opposite of what has been traditional at UM. Rich Rodriguez is now 8 – 16 (.333) in two years and we can imagine that almost any college coach in the country could have won more 8 games at UM the last two seasons, but then most coaches would not be implementing a totally different offensive system which goes to heart of the problem here, namely that AD Bill Martin made a very foolish hire in hiring a coach that brought such a completely different philosophy to Ann Arbor which in our mind just does not fit at UM. Now, Rich Rodriguez could very easily turn this thing around at Michigan in Year 3, but he also HAS TO TURN THIS THING AROUND IN YEAR 3 or Michigan will be looking for a new head football coach in December 2010. How many wins does Rich Rod need in 2010 to return in 2011? Michigan has in 2010:
at Notre Dame
at Penn State
at Ohio State
That is not an easy schedule, but we believe Rodriguez will need 8 wins and a winning record in the Big Ten to be back in 2011 and that means Rich and his Wolverines better improve a lot or there is not a chance in Hell they will sniff 8 wins with that schedule. As we say, coach hard Rich!
8. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M – Mike Sherman is now 10 – 14 (.417) in two seasons at Texas A&M and the apologists for Sherman in south Texas and elsewhere seem to forget that he took over from Dennis Franchione a team that went 9 – 4 and 7 -5 in Franchione’s last two seasons with the Aggies and most certainly Sherman did not take over some degraded or losing football program. Mike Sherman in fact took over a football program at A&M that had a lot of talent and a team that certainly has enough talent to compete with almost any team in the Big 12 (save Texas and Oklahoma), but here he is with 10 wins in 2 seasons and one wonder just who has Mike Sherman beat in those 10 games?
In 2008 Mike Sherman BEAT (4 wins):
New Mexico (losing record in ’08)
Army (losing record in ’08)
Iowa State (losing record in ’08)
Colorado (losing record in ’08)
In 2009 Mike Sherman BEAT (6 wins):
New Mexico (losing record in ’09)
Utah State (losing record in ’09)
UAB (losing record in ’09)
Texas Tech (winning record in ’09)
Iowa State (.500 record in ’09)
Baylor (losing record in ’09)
That’s right, in two seasons at Texas A&M with 10 wins on the board Mike Sherman has BEATEN….
1 TEAM WITH A WINNING RECORD (Texas Tech)!
Oh, by the way, Mike Sherman has lost FOUR games to teams that did not have winning records in the year he lost to them (Arkansas State, Kansas State, Baylor, Colorado).
Yes, it is indeed a fact that Mike Sherman has only BEATEN ONE TEAM WITH A WINNING RECORD and he has LOST TO FOUR TEAMS THAT DID NOT HAVE WINNING RECORDS in the year he played them! Yes, that adds up to a 1 – 9 record against teams with winning records in the year he played them for Mike Sherman and a very impressive record of 9 – 5 against teams with .500 records or worse in the year he played them. Oh, that is MIGHTY IMPRESSIVE, especially for Texas A&M football! NOT! Point of Fact: Any random circus clown pulled off any random circus train as it passed through College Station and put in charge of the Aggie football program could have put up the record that Mike Sherman has put up in two years at A&M and we defy anyone to argue with that reality.
What else do you need to know about what Mike Sherman has accomplished at Texas A&M in two years, because he has accomplished NOTHING!
Maybe if this wasn’t Texas A&M, where RC Slocum put up a .715 winning percentage in 14 seasons and Jackie Sherrill had a .642 winning percentage in 7 seasons and Mike Sherman is now 10 – 14 in two seasons and he HAS BEATEN NEXT TO NO ONE this would all not be a big deal, but Mike Sherman is the head football coach at TEXAS A&M! Mike Leach must really feel like a loser that he and his Red Raiders lost to Mike Sherman this season, but he has the fat girlfriends to blame for that!
Yes, Mike Sherman is on the Hot Seat and he should be on the Hot Seat, unless of course Texas A&M football no longer exists, which judging by A&M’s 2010 out-of-conference schedule that just may be true. If Texas Governor Rick Perry is indeed running things in College Station as he has said in the past, then he is doing an awful job, but then let’s not blame Rick Perry for the piss poor job Mike Sherman has done with the Aggies.
9. Todd Dodge, North Texas – We really don’t know what is going on at North Texas with Todd Dodge but we do know that in 3 seasons on the job at UNT he is 5 – 31 (.139) and that cannot be making the folks in Denton very happy. Should Todd Dodge be fired at North Texas? We really don’t know since we haven’t a clue if Dodge is about to turn the program around or now, but if the folks at UNT don’t think he is about to turn this thing around then they had better damn be out looking for a football coach that can….and yes there are some great assistant football coaches that could do a great job at UNT and certainly win more than 5 games in three seasons. Todd Dodge was a Great high school football coach but jumping to the college game from high school cannot be easy and maybe Dodge is just a Great high school coach and there is nothing wrong with that…in fact, high school football needs all the great head football coaches it can get right now…. We are confident that Todd Dodge will have a million offers to coach if UNT does fire him and that if he goes back to the high school game he will win big again….
10. Ron Zook, Illinois – Now that Ron Zook is assured that he is returning for the 2010 season he knows that he is on the clock, because the Zook and the Illini must produce next season or Ron will find himself out of job come December ’10. Ron Zook did take over a struggling program at Illinois but he is 21 – 38 (.356) in 5 seasons, which includes 1 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl game, and that is not the kind of record that Illinois will be able to accept if it continues. Zook and the Illini face a very straightforward task in 2010 and that is Ron must get Illinois to at least a .500 record a postseason game so he can show the program is again moving in the right direction.
2010 Illinois Schedule:
Missouri (St. Louis)
at Penn State
at Michigan State
at Fresno State
That is a pretty manageable schedule, with 2 pretty tough out-of-conference games against Missouri in St. Louis and at Fresno State to finish the year, but if Zook and the Illini cannot find at least 6 wins with above schedule then Ron should probably be fired. The task is clear, Ron Zook must make Illinois relevant again in the Big Ten and that means the Illini have a lot of work to do in the offseason because they are nowhere near relevant right now.