In case you missed it, Parts 1 & 2 are out in preparation for the start of College Football season, part 1 focused on quarterbacks and part 2 on running backs. This week, we will focus on coaches in the hot seat, vote for who you think has the hottest seat at the bottom!
Brian Kelly – Notre Dame
There’s no way around it, Brian Kelly’s seat in South Bend is scorching after a 4-8 season last year. That 4-8 record included losses to Duke (at home), North Carolina State, and Navy. Inexcusable with the talent he had. This season, as is the case with pretty much every Notre Dame football season, is filled with expectations and hype. Heir to the throne Brandon Wimbush will take over at quarterback for DeShone Kizer with the transfer of Malik Zaire to Florida and Kizer’s declaration for the NFL draft. They return playmakers on offense with Equanimeous St. Brown and Josh Adams but will need a massive improvement on the defensive side of the ball. Anything less than 8 or 9 wins should spell the end of Brian Kelly in South Bend and honestly, that’s what Irish fans should hope for.
Kevin Sumlin – Texas A&M
The King of the hot seat! Kevin Sumlin for the 33rd straight year finds himself directly on the hot seat heading into the season with the Aggies. Last year, I must have mentioned his name and hot seat in the same sentence about 100 times. But as they say, kings stay king. Sumlin’s team got off to a fast start last season getting to 6-0 before a respectable loss to Alabama and then the wheels fell off. The Aggies lost 5 of their last 7, which included 4 SEC games and their bowl game against K-State. Gone are Myles Garrett and Trevor Knight, those are two difference makers on both sides of the ball that Sumlin needs to replace. Sumlin and Kelly are on the two hottest seats in America heading into the season, anything less than 9 wins could spell the end of his time in College Station.
Kliff Kingsbury – Texas Tech
Ryan Gosling will also find himself in the warm chair this fall, the Red Raiders are just 24-26 in his 4 years in Lubbock. This is despite having a talent like Patrick Mahomes II at quarterback for 3 years. The biggest issue Kingsbury has had during his tenure at Tech is his defenses have been absolutely miserable. He was asked at Big 12 media day this summer why with all the talent in Texas he can’t find 11 guys to play on defense to keep teams from scoring 30+ points each week (See video below), and he didn’t have an answer! It’s a damn good question and one that Kliff needs to figure out quickly. Unless Texas Tech has an absolute disaster of a season, I think Kingsbury will stay for at least one more year.
Rich Rodriguez – Arizona
People forget: Alabama wanted Rich Rod BADLY in 2006 and he had originally accepted the job until cold feet had him back out, enter Nick Saban and the rest is history as they say. What a turn of events, eh? Now, Rich Rod is struggling at Arizona to revitalize the program as they had hoped he would. Rodriguez is 36-29 since taking over the Wildcats’ program, hardly something to write home about, and he needs a big year this year to convince the higher-ups he’s worth the time and money. The Pac-12 is going to be very difficult this year as USC, UCLA (if Rosen performs), Stanford, Washington, and Washington State all look to be competing for the title. The biggest issue heading into this season is Rodriguez lacks a playmaking quarterback to run his spread offense.
Butch Jones – Tennessee
Jim Mora – UCLA
Todd Graham – Arizona State