A new week means a new edition of the College Football hot seat report – with yet another coach getting canned during week 8.
Coaches Fired This Week
University of Charlotte Head Coach Will Healy was fired Sunday morning after a 15-24 record in nearly four seasons at the helm. Charlotte got off to a 1-7 start this season as well to seal his fate. The 7 losses this season came with an average loss margin of nearly 23 points. His only winning season came in 2019 when Charlotte went 7-6 and made an appearance in the Bahamas Bowl. Once a rising star for a Power 5 job, Healy is now unemployed. Potential candidates will include a list of top college assistants with Charlotte area recruiting ties: Pete Lembo (SC Assoc HC/ST Coach), Montario Hardesty (Tenn RB Coach), and Alex Atkins (FSU OC)
Eight weeks into the season and already have had 6 coaches relieved of their duties
Coaches Fired This Season
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)
Will Healy, Charlotte: Replaced by Pete Rossomando (OL Coach)
Coaches On The Hot Seat
Bryan Harsin, Auburn
Coming off a bye week, Auburn will play this weekend at home against Arkansas. While it seems Harsin is a lame-duck coach, it feels like his fate is already sealed. Auburn has an opportunity to make the decision a bit more difficult with four of the next five games being very winnable. Let’s see how they close out the season but again, he likely will not be retained when Auburn hires a new athletic director any day now.
David Shaw, Stanford
Shaw and the staff have got their first win streak of the season and might just be trying to get this season turned around. Coming off a huge road win over Notre Dame, Stanford wins against Arizona State 15-14. The offense still has many questions, but the defense has been fantastic the last two weeks. The final stretch is difficult with two top-15 teams on the schedule. It will be difficult to become bowl eligible but that might be needed to save his job.
Tom Allen, Indiana
The Hoosiers got out to an early 14-0 lead on Rutgers in what looked like an early blowout, only to have Rutgers close out on a 24-3 run to lose by a final of 24-17. This is the same story just repeating itself with Allen. This gives the Hoosiers a five-game losing streak and without a winnable game left on the schedule, Tom Allen’s time in Bloomington might be running out. Allen does have a substantial buyout ($20 Million) but it is doubtful that will stop any boosters from paying out the money.
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy
The Midshipmen are back to their losing ways, this time to Houston 38-20. They needed to go 2-1 in the most recent three-game stretch and they went 1-2. The chances of them going to a bowl game is now doubtful. Navy is now 9-20 in the three seasons since their 2019 bowl game season. It doesn’t matter where you coach, nine wins in three seasons is not acceptable.
Jeff Scott/South Florida
After a bye week, Scott’s overall record sits at 4-24, and 1-17 in the conference. This is obviously not ideal for a young coach and his first head coaching opportunity. Very similar to Will Healy at Charlotte, Scott just hasn’t been able to be successful and it’s hard not to believe the university will move on from him.
The Wildcats lost a close game to Maryland 31-24. The offense did show some life this week but with only one win this season and 5 very difficult games to finish the year. Fitzgerald and staff could finish the season at 1-11. It’s hard to keep him as head coach, especially in the very open Big Ten West division.
Satterfield and crew got a much-needed win this season over Pittsburgh 24-10. At 4-3 on the season, they have an opportunity to get to a bowl game, but it won’t be easy, as the closing schedule is brutal. All the teams they play to finish the season have been, or are currently, ranked in the top 25. Satterfield has a mountain to climb, especially with the Jeff Brohm rumors swirling.
Jimbo Fisher/Texas A&M
Fisher’s seat was getting warm last week, it’s now scorching hot. After a close loss to the surging South Carolina this weekend, Jimbo and staff are feeling the heat yet again. They have some winnable games left on the schedule and will need to get to six wins to have any chance of salvaging this season. Fisher’s buyout is 86 million right now and I doubt the school will want to pay that right now. Maybe find some incriminating emails from the past if they can find some, otherwise, he could be here for a while!
Seats That Are Warming Up Or Staying Warm
Jeff Hafley (Boston College), Neal Brown (West Virginia), Mel Tucker (Michigan State), Butch Jones (Arkansas State), Eliah Drinkwitz (Missouri).
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