College Football’s 2013 Hot Seat

Each summer takes a look at five head coaches that are feeling the heat and need to make significant improvements to keep their jobs heading into the next season. This year there are some big-time jobs that may be open by December. Take a look at our 2013 College Football Hot Seat!

1. Tim Beckman, Illinois: Sure, Beckman is only two seasons into his tenure as Illinois coach, but take a look at those two seasons: after starting 6-0 in 2011, the Illini are just 3-16 since, including an 0-14 mark in Big Ten play after starting 2-0. Take away a bowl win over UCLA to cap the 2011 season, and it has been nothing short of a disaster for Illinois fans. Last season’s 2-10 mark was so bad that the Illini gave up 45+ points five times and only really even looked competitive in one of their 10 losses. Without significant improvement in 2013 (and significant may only mean 4-5 wins and some spark of hope), Beckman won’t survive to see the expansion and division re-alignment coming to the conference in 2014.

2. Bobby Hauck, UNLV: Hauck is under contract through 2014, but will he make it to the end of his deal? After an outstanding run at Montana, Hauck has never won more than two games with the Rebels and is jut 6-32 in three seasons. Granted, UNLV does not have a rich history of success, but Hauck currently has the lowest winning percentage of any coach in school history. Unless the Rebels show marked improvement in 2013, what can Hauck stand on as support that he deserves to keep his job?

3. Lane Kiffin, USC: Kiffin is just 25-13 in three seasons, and only 17-10 in conference play. While that may seem like a quality record at most other schools, it doesn’t cut it at USC. Former coach Pete Carroll won 11 or more games in seven straight seasons during his nine-year tenure, while Kiffin has won more than eight games just once in three seasons. The bowl sanctions and loss of scholarships don’t help, but USC has still had the talent to win 10 games each year, and the team fell flat last season, losing five of the last six games after being a heavy preseason favorite to make the National Championship. Kiffin may be able to squeak by with another eight or nine win season, but anything less and the Trojans will be shopping for a new coach.

4. Mack Brown, Texas: It doesn’t feel right to put Brown’s name on a list of coaches in danger of being cut loose, but consider the numbers: through Brown’s first 12 seasons, Texas lost more than two conference games just once and more than three total games just once. The Longhorns have exceeded each of those loss totals in each of the past three seasons, compiling a 22-16 record in the process (including an 11-15 mark in conference play). The problem with being so good for so long is that the expectations become much higher. How many more seasons can Texas fall short of its lofty expectations before Brown is sent packing?

5. Randy Edsall, Maryland: Edsall made this list last year after he watched more than 20 players abandon ship before his second season. Through two seasons Edsall has a 6-18 record, and is 3-13 in conference play. The team actually started 4-2 last season before losing six straight while forced to play a linebacker at quarterback. We think all Edsall needs to do to keep his job another season is continue to build on last season’s start and reach 5-6 wins, while showing hope for the future. But another 4-8 season may leave Maryland looking to start fresh for its move into the Big Ten.

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