What a crazy year it has been for coaches on the College Football Hot Seat with many big names finding themselves without a job this season. This week, the College Football Hot Seat narrows in on Jimbo Fisher, looks back at Jeff Scott and more!
Coaches Fired This Week
Jeff Scott/South Florida- Jeff Scott was relieved of his duties Sunday morning at South Florida after a loss to Temple 54-28. He finishes his tenure at South Florida with a record of 4-26 (1-19 AAC) in his two seasons. He will be owed the remainder of his buyout as the school signed him to an extension in January. Reports are his buyout is around $10 Million dollars. South Florida is also the only team in AAC without a conference win and they have zero wins against an FBS team. There are also reports that boosters are ready to cut a thick check to a big-name coach. Early candidates list includes: Jon Gruden (Ex-Raiders Coach), Scott Frost (Ex-Nebraska Coach), Willie Simmons (FAMU Head Coach), Tom Herman (Chicago Bears Staff)
9 weeks into the season and already have had 8 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 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams (RB Coach)
Jeff Scott/South Florida- Replaced by Daniel Da Prato (ST Coach)
Coaches On The College Football Hot Seat
Jimbo Fisher/Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher has now lost 5 straight and is by far the college football coach with the hottest seat in the country. As specified before, the buyout for Jimbo Fishers would be $85 Million and that has been the sticking point through all of this. With 3 games remaining in the regular season, two of those games are winnable.
If Jimbo Fisher wants any chance of potentially being retained, winning the final 3 and becoming bowl eligible might be his only opportunity. However, if they can convince boosters to pay the buyout then his fate is already sealed.
The Cardinal gets blown out 52-14 against a middle of the road Washington State team at home. This is their 4th consecutive game where the offense cannot score more than 14 points. While two of those four were victories, they have not been impressive on the offensive side of the ball. He has an NFL caliber QB in Tanner McKee but they are not maximizing his talent and this could effect his future recruiting. When recruiting starts to suffer, it’s typically the coach that gets let go when this begins to happen.
Like Stanford, Indiana gets blown out this weekend. This time to #15 Penn State 45-14 at home. This is now 6 straight losses after a 3-0 start. This is also only 5 wins since the shortened 2020 season. Indiana is not known for the strength in their football program but there is regression happening especially on the offensive line and quarterback position. The inability to get a solid quarterback is hurting this football team. Is Tom Allen the answer to fix the woes? In my opinion he is not. Three tough games coming in could spell the end of the Allen era in Bloomington.
The Midshipmen showed some fight this weekend in a loss to Cincinnati 20-10. While they did expectedly lose the game their defense has been great the past two weeks. They have 3 very difficult games to finish the season with a resurgent Notre Dame team on a neutral field this weekend in Baltimore. This would be a great opportunity to get a signature win on the season and potentially save his job for next season.
Neal Brown/West Virginia
Welcome back to the list Neal Brown! It appeared he was beginning to right the ship after winning three of four earlier in the season but a three game losing streak has again put his tenure in jeopardy again. A loss to Iowa State 31-14 is concerning as Iowa State has been allergic to offense all season long. Brown did a fantastic job at his previous employer, Troy University, but has not found any momentum at West Virginia. The closing slate is not appealing so his hopes are looking grim now.
The Wildcats played the best game of their season last weekend against Ohio State losing by the final of 21-7. Now, the elements were a big factor but give Fitzgerald credit. He was able to get his team to adjust to those elements and nearly won the football game against a top 3 football team. Last three games are not winnable and could very well finish at 1-11 on the season. Hard to see Fitzgerald survive this season even as beloved as he is in Evanston.
Jeff Hafley/Boston College
Last week Hafley received a vote of confidence from the Boston College Athletic Director after a stunning loss to UCONN the week before. All appeared to be well in Chestnut Hill but that was before he lost another winnable conference game, this time to Duke. BC now sits at 2-7 on the season and he is getting ripped on social media and is losing the fanbase. With four straight losses and a strong possibility of losing the remaining games on the schedule, it will be hard for the AD to not change course and relieve Hafley and his staff of coaching duties.
College Football Hot Seats That Are Warming Up Or Staying Warm
Mel Tucker/Michigan State, Willie Taggart/FAU, Butch Jones/Arkansas State, Justin Wilcox/California
Let us know who is on your College Football Hot Seat and if/when the axe will fall for Jimbo Fisher in the comments below!
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