We all knew this was coming, it was just a matter of when. ESPN CFB Insider Pete Thamel reported this morning that Auburn was finalizing a deal with current Mississippi State AD John Cohen to fill their vacant AD position. Soon after, Auburn University president announced that he has moving HC Bryan Harsin from the College Football Hot Seat to the unemployment line, effective immediately.
Coaches Fired This Week
During his time at Auburn, Bryan Harsin went 9-13 overall and a dismal 4-9 in SEC play. In his defense, he was not given much time to be successful but as we are seeing with high profile schools, the leash gets shorter and shorter every year. Bryan Harsin’s buyout states that he will be paid $15 million dollars to not finish out the remainder of his contract. If you will remember, Auburn also paid Gus Malzahn $21 million to go away as well. So that’s $36 million in less than 2 years of paid buyout money.
Look for the following candidates to be mentioned for the opening: Liberty HC Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss HC Lane Kiffin, and Jackson State HC Deion Sanders. Also keep an eye on current ESPN analyst and former Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen, as Cohen hired him before and may be looking for a reunion.
9 weeks into the season and already have had 7 coaches relieved of their duties
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)
Bryan Harsin/Auburn-Replaced by TBA
Coaches On The College Football Hot Seat
Jimbo Fisher/Texas A&M
It’s getting juicy in College Station now. Another loss, this time, to Ole Miss by the final of 31-28. A&M is now truly in danger of missing a bowl game this season with only one nearly guaranteed win left on the schedule against lowly UMASS. The rest are SEC opponents that will not lay down against them. If there was no 95 MILLION DOLLAR buyout right now, he may not be employed, but for now he remains on the College Football Hot Seat.
To be 3-5 with two top three recruiting classes the past years is completely inexcusable.
Stanford gets back to its losing ways again this week after what looked like a potential season turnaround, losing to UCLA by the final of 38-13. Stanford was down 24-6 at the half and UCLA seemed to call off the dogs in the second half or it could have been worse. The only way to save Shaw’s job would be a bowl berth by winning three of the final four games on the season. That will be a tall task for this team.
Hoosiers had a much-needed bye week to hopefully try to salvage this season. Standing at 3-5 on the year and a no win since week 3 the road does not get any easier. Same situation as Stanford, they must win three of four to make a bowl game. It seems doubtful as they will play Penn State and Ohio State coming in.
Either Allen and the Hoosiers will show some fight, or a huge decision will need to be made for the future of Indiana football.
Navy gets the win this week over an underwhelming Temple squad by the final of 27-20 in overtime. While needing overtime to close out the game is concerning but a win is a win. Navy moves to 3-5 on the season with a brutal schedule coming in before the always important matchup against Army to close out the college football regular season.
A bowl game seems doubtful for the Midshipmen but a win over Army and vigor to close out the season might save Niumatalolo’s job.
Jeff Scott/South Florida
Another loss in the books for this staff this time to Houston 42-27. The defense continues to be an embarrassment and Scott has now accrued a record of 4-25 and only one conference win. USF has typically been a stepping stone job to bigger programs. This was evidenced with the likes of Skip Holtz, Willie Taggart, and Charlie Strong all using it as the way to get into a Power 5 job.
Scott now has the worst winning percentage in school history and headed for the unemployment line.
Another poor overall performance from Fitzgerald’s staff and players leaves him squarely on the College Football Hot Seat. The Wildcats lost to Iowa on the road, 33-13. Northwestern has not won a game on US soil since October 16th, 2021. Their lone win this season against Nebraska in Dublin, Ireland.
The fan base is finally starting to lose their faith in his ability to turn the program around and changes might be needed in Evanston.
Jeff Hafley/Boston College
Hafley gets back on the list with a loss to UCONN 13-3. The team looks undisciplined and unable to execute, specifically on the offense. Boston College had an NFL caliber QB in Phil Jurkovec and he is regressing under this coaching staff. Hafley just signed a 5-year extension last November.
Boston College athletic department typically gives their coaches time to build the program, but this is one to watch to see what unfolds.
Seats That Are Warming Up Or Staying Warm
Mel Tucker/Michigan State, Scott Satterfield/Louisville, Neal Brown/West Virginia, Butch Jones/Arkansas State
Let us know which coach will be the next to move from the College Football Hot Seat to the unemployment line in the comments below!