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Overtime Heroics College Football Hot Seat Report

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7 weeks into the season and already have had 5 coaches relieved of their duties.

Coaches Fired

Scott Frost/Nebraska- Replaced by Mickey Joseph (WR Coach)
Herm Edwards/Arizona State- Replaced by Shaun Aguano (RB Coach)
Geoff Collins/Georgia Tech- Replaced by Brent Key (AHC/OL/RGC Coach)
Karl Dorrell/Colorado- Replaced by Mike Sanford (Offensive Coordinator)
Paul Chryst/Wisconsin- Replaced by Jim Leonhard (AHC/Defensive Coordinator)

Coaches On The Hot Seat

Bryan Harsin/Auburn

Auburn loses to Ole Miss by a final score of 48-34. For once Auburn played a game where they looked somewhat competent and showed some fight for their head coach. Auburn moves to 3-4, 1-3 on the season. That’s good enough for last place in the SEC West. Harsin’s fate is already sealed so playing the young guys might be beneficial going forward.

David Shaw/Stanford

The Cardinal defeats the underwhelming Notre Dame by a score of 16-14 this weekend. This gives Stanford their first FBS win since 2021. It was not pretty but any victory on the road (especially of that travel distance) is a darn good win. Let’s see if Shaw can use this to salvage a bit of this season going forward.

Tom Allen/Indiana

Mr. One Hit Wonder can’t close out the game, at home, against Maryland losing 38-33. Moving to 3-4, 1-3 on the season and 4 straight losses. Since 2021, Allen’s record is now 5-14. The team is regressing since the COVID shortened season of 6-2. He signed a 7-year contract extension in 2019 but has not lived up to those expectations, especially with the strong recruiting class (by their standards) that Indiana secured this season.

Ken Niumatalolo/Navy

SMU defeats Navy 40-34 in University Park. Not a lot to hold your down for on this game by Navy. They scored over 30 points again for the second week in a row, which is a positive. However, the defense continues to struggle this season and with only two games left at home they will need to win these two games at home (Houston and Temple) for any chance of a bowl berth. Niumatalolo and the coaching hot seat are becoming synonymous.

Jeff Scott/South Florida

USF takes the loss to Tulane 45-31 to move to 1-6, 0-3 on the season. Scott moves his overall record to 4-24, 1-17 for his career at South Florida. The highly touted recruiter and coordinator from Clemson has not lived up to the hype he had coming into South Florida. I know smaller schools give a longer leash to new coaches but 4 wins in three years will be difficult to survive.

Pat Fitzgerald/Northwestern

Bye Week. Next game: At Maryland. Currently have a 1-5, 1-2 record on the season.  5 out of last 6 conference games will be against teams with winning records so the road doesn’t get any easier. Fitzgerald signed a 10-year extension in April of 2017 and since then has gone 33-33. Time to pick up the intensity in Evanston.

Scott Satterfield/Louisville

Bye Week. Next Game: Pittsburgh. Cardinals are currently 3-3, 1-3 on the season. The good news they have is that 4 of the last 6 games are at home to close out the year. The bad news is that all the remaining games are against teams with winning records. To make matters worse for Satterfield. The coach they originally offered the job to, current Purdue Coach and Louisville alumni Jeff Brohm, he is having a great season in West Lafayette. Don’t be surprised to hear that name again if Satterfield can’t right the ship this season. I doubt Brohm will say No to his alma mater again.

Jimbo Fisher/Texas A&M

Bye Week. Next Game: At South Carolina. The Texas A&M athletic director has quite the predicament in front of him. At 3-3 on the season so far, the AD and fanbase are not happy with these results. This season was supposed to be the “breakout season” for Jimbo Fisher and these vaunted recruiting classes he has secured. 10+ wins was the expectations along with them being in the discussion for the CFB Playoff. They are in danger of not even making a bowl game. Fishers’ buyout is 86 million after this season. Big stretch of games coming to get even get bowl eligible.

Seats That Are Warming Up Or Staying Warm

Jeff Hafley/Boston College, Neal Brown/West Virginia,  Mel Tucker/Michigan State, Butch Jones/Arkansas State, Scott Loeffler/Bowling Green

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