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5 College Football Coaches On the Hot Seat in 2020

| October 3, 2020 12:17 am PDT
College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat

So much for Manny Diaz being on the hot seat in South Beach.

Before the season started some thought the Hurricanes head coach might not last through the year. A trio of blowout victories later and those same folks are now extolling Diaz for the job he’s doing in Miami.

Unfortunately, there are some other college football head coaches whose seats are still warm. A couple of weeks from now, they could turn red-hot.

As for the individuals in jeopardy of getting axed in the near future, five names immediately come to mind. 

Will Muschamp – South Carolina Gamecocks

Will Muschamp was hired by South Carolina to bring the Gamecocks back to relevancy in the SEC. Easier said than done, but boy is this guy headed in the wrong direction. A disappointing 2018 campaign was exacerbated by a getting shut out 28-0 in the Belk Bowl.

A 4-8 record in 2019 and Muschamp was officially put on notice.

Perhaps the former defensive coordinator isn’t cut out to be a head coach in the SEC, but it’s unlikely we see him sustain any success in Columbia. South Carolina lost at home in their opener to Tennessee and is likely to get smacked by Florida later today.

On top of losing games and looking completely out of sync, back-and-forth spats with media members after being called out for his F-bomb video don’t exactly help Muschamp’s cause.

Les Miles – Kansas Jayhawks

So you want to forgive Les Miles for a dreadful 3-9 (1-8 in Big 12 play) record during his first year in Lawrence?


Then what’s the excuse for getting pummeled at home by Coastal Carolina in the opener despite closing the game as a 4.5-point favorite? Should we just let Kansas off the hook for putting up no fight whatsoever last weekend in Waco?

It was unlikely Miles was ever going to turn the Jayhawks football program into a powerhouse in the Big 12. However, certainly there is some middle ground so that Kansas isn’t doomed into being the laughing stock of the conference.

According to coacheshotseat.com, Les is atop the poll when it comes to college football head coaches on the hot seat.

Derek Mason – Vanderbilt Commodores

Is Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner indebted to Derek Mason for something we don’t know about?

Mason has been guiding the Commodores to dreadful records since taking over in 2014, and it seems like he’s been on the hot seat for the last three seasons. 2019 was perhaps a low point as Vanderbilt’s offense was among the least productive in America.

It’s one thing to get trounced by SEC competition, it’s another to lose at home by 24 points to the UNLV Rebels.

One may point to the Commodores 2020 opener and say they put up a valiant fight against a ranked Texas A&M squad, but did you see how that game ended?

It was Mason’s temper that cost his team a chance to prolong the game.

Chip Kelly – UCLA Bruins

Chip Kelly’s reputation as the mastermind behind those high-flying offenses in Eugene is the only reason he’s still being employed in Westwood. Seriously, he’s 7-17 through two seasons and is yet to win a non-conference game.

We expected the defense to underachieve under Chip’s watch – which it has – but the offense was supposed to be explosive – which it isn’t.

Case in point – the Bruins offense ranked 91st in the country in points per game in Kelly’s first year. They ranked 72nd in 2019.

The last time a UCLA football coach produced this bad of a record through his first two seasons – you have to go all the way back to 1924 with James J. Cline. New AD Martin Jarmond doesn’t want to kick off his tenure coughing out a $9 million buyout to push Kelly out of the way, but outside noise from the boosters may leave him no other choice.

Tom Herman – Texas Longhorns

Guaranteed to make upwards of $7 million per season until 2023, it’ll be awfully expensive for Texas to move Tom Herman out of the way before the end of his contract. Nevertheless, the pressure to win in Austin is real, and a 5-4 record in conference play three years into the job isn’t what the school had in mind.

Of course, there are some fans who are relieved Texas is at least palatable again coming out of the disastrous Charlie Strong era. On the flip side, others have much higher expectations.

Top recruits dream of coming to Austin and Herman got to handpick his staff – reiterating that the Longhorns head coach has all the resources in the world.

When push comes to shove, Herman is being paid to turn Texas back into a perennial contender, not to deliver wins in the Alamo Bowl and Texas Bowl.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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