The Coaches Hot Seat Alert Group's Blog Sat, 08 Nov 2008 15:04:43 GMT No description Two More Coaches Gone, Two More Lists of Coaches to Make <div>&nbsp;&nbsp; This week I found out that Toledo head coach Tom Amstutz and Kansas State head coach Ron Prince will not return as head coaches next year. I found both firings kind of odd, as Amstutz is a big hero in Toledo and has just fallen on some tough years and Prince has only been at K-State 3 years, which to me is still too early to fire a head coach. Think about it: He&#39;s still playing with some of Bill Snyder&#39;s players. I think that Prince must have done something that angered the AD and led him to being fired. Enough of that, here&#39;s five coaches that Toledo and five coaches that Kansas State should try to hire:</div><div></div><div><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TOLEDO<br />&nbsp;<br />Tim Rose, Toledo DC - </strong>I think that Rose would be&nbsp;a good hire for the Rockets. He&#39;s been a HC before (Miami, OH 1983-89), and he could leave the system as is. This wouldn&#39;t be a sexy pick, but you won&#39;t get many of those when you are a MAC team.<br /><br /><strong>Jim Bollman, Ohio State OC - </strong>Bollman has been the Buckeyes&#39; OC for 8 years now, and it&#39;s hard to remember a team during that stretch that had a troubled offense. If Bollman wants to be a head coach, this would probably be one of the best chances he has. <br /><br /><strong>Kirk Ferentz, Iowa Head Coach - </strong>This only becomes an option if the Hawkeyes fire Ferentz, which I think there is a good chance of happening. Ferentz is a good coach that has fallen on hard times, much like current Toledo head coach Tom Amstutz. Ferentz would be staying in Big 10 area, and if he does a good job as Rockets head coach he might get another shot at a big school. <br /><br /><strong>Glen Mason, Former Minnesota HC </strong>- Mason would be a very good hire. He has coached in the MAC before&nbsp;(Kent State 1986-87),&nbsp;did a wonderful job in that part of the country at Minnesota (64-57 record), and he&#39;s not a coach anywhere&nbsp;else(He is currently a&nbsp;commentator for the Big 10 Network). I say that Toledo should take a shot to hire&nbsp;Glen Mason.<br /><br /><strong>Darkhorse Pick:&nbsp;Lloyd Carr, former Michigan HC&nbsp;</strong>- This was a darkhorse that took&nbsp;me a while to think up. Carr&nbsp;has been rumored to be close to the Syracuse head coaching position, but Toledo is a better deal: it&#39;s in a conference that is winnable, and like all the coaches on this list, it&#39;s in part of the country where he is use to recruiting. If Carr really wants to come back and coach, Toledo would be an excellent place to go<strong>.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kansas State<br /><br />Jim Leavitt, South Florida HC </strong>- Leavitt is very familiar with Kansas State: he was a linebackers coach and then Defensive Coordinator from 1990 to 1995, when the Bulls hired him. He was a leading candidate for the job three years ago, and once again he has to be the front runner. I think that this situation might&nbsp;make Leavitt consider the job a little more, as the Big East has gotten better over the three&nbsp;years since K-State last went after him. <br /><br /><strong>Will Muschamp, Texas DC </strong>- Muschamp has been a candidate for a head coaching position for the last couple years at Auburn, and now he&#39;s at Defensive Coordinator Heaven, also known as Texas. The two DC&#39;s&nbsp;before the one&#39;s that served last year&nbsp;left the Longhorns to head coaching positions (Greg Robinson for Syracuse and Gene Chizik to Iowa State). Muschamp is a proven coach, and I think the Wildcats&nbsp;would be smart&nbsp;to hire him if they have the chance.<br /><br /><strong>Dave Christensen, Missouri OC&nbsp;</strong>- Missouri is running over everyone so far this year (except OK State and Texas), and it seems to be&nbsp;with the&nbsp;offense that Christensen runs. He was a finalist for the Washington State&nbsp;job last year, but he missed out as the Cougars hired Paul Wulff. He will probably be a head coach eventually, and he just might get his chance with Kansas State.<br /><br /><strong>Gary Barnett, former Colorado HC </strong>- People in both Boulder and Manhattan may wince&nbsp;when they hear the name Gary Barnett.&nbsp;Yes, he caused a big mess at Colorado, but he still has a lot of success.&nbsp;He currently&nbsp;has an 85-82-1 record as a head coach (coached Northwestern and Colorado), and he had a 49-39 record as a head coach in the Big&nbsp;12. He would need a big win early to prove himself, but I think that Barnett can still&nbsp;be a head coach.<br /><br /><strong>Darkhorse Pick: Bill Snyder, former Kansas State HC&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong>Snyder is the man who rebuilt&nbsp;Wildcats&#39; football,&nbsp;and they might get him back to do it again. He still lives in&nbsp;Manhattan, and his final years were not bad ones. The hire would only be&nbsp;good for a&nbsp;year or two, but just enough to help them get going again. He could basically be an interim head coach and lead the school in finding the perfect replacement.&nbsp;That&nbsp;replacement could be the guy who&#39;s #1 on this list.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></div> Sat, 08 Nov 2008 15:04:43 GMT JDawg1447 Brewers Hire Ken Macha: Good or Bad? &nbsp;&nbsp; I found out tonight while I was watching the Cincinnati vs South Florida college football game(The score is currently USF 10- CIN 17) when I saw that the Brewers had hired&nbsp;a new manager to take over for Ned Yost. Low and behold it was Ken Macha, the guy I was really pulling for. I don&#39;t really know why I do, but I&#39;ve always liked Macha ever since he was the manager of the A&#39;s. He did what I thought was a great job in Oakland, leaving the A&#39;s in 2006 with a record of 368-280 and two AL West titles(I guess I also hoped he would do good because I have 5 managerial cards of him). I&#39;m kind of surprised that Willie Randolph did not get the job, but I think Macha was an outstanding hire.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; So the question now is where will Willie wind up? My guess is in an announcer&#39;s booth somewhere. A lot of baseball managers have left coaching for a year or two and then came back to be great managers again. Joe Girardi did this. Even new&nbsp;Brewers manager&nbsp;Ken Macha did this. At this point I&#39;m pretty sure there won&#39;t be any more managerial moves, so Randolph should&nbsp;probably pick announcer over assistant.&nbsp; Fri, 31 Oct 2008 02:07:21 GMT JDawg1447 Next Huskie Head Man <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was announced this week that Tyrone Willingham will step down after this season as Washington Head Coach. The 0-7 Huskies are horrible, but now they look to have called it a season and will be looking for a leader to help rebuild. Here&#39;s 5 people they should at least consider:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lane Kiffin, former Oakland Raiders HC - </strong>Kiffin would be a good hire in this situation. Kiffin has coached in the PAC-10 before(as offensive coordinator at USC), and he was out on the West Coast as the Raiders head man. I already said that Kiffin should be considered for the Clemson job, so I would think that Washington would probably have to pay him big money to beat out some other notable teams to get him.<br /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>DeWayne Walker, UCLA DC - </strong>Walker was rumored to be the Huskies new Defensive Coordinator last year, but he chose to stay in LA. Walker is 47, so this would be a good time to begin his head coaching career.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Frank Cignetti, Cal OC - </strong>Cignetti has been an Offensive Coordinator for 5 seasons(not including this season) at Fresno State and North Carolina. In 2004 while Cignetti was OC, the Bulldogs ranked 5th nationally in offense and 7th the following year. The Huskies desperately need some offense, and Cignetti as the head honcho could supply it.<br /><br /><strong>Chris Petersen, Boise State Head Coach</strong> - Washington would be cheered forever if they could land Petersen. He has picked off where Dan Hawkins left off, as he currently has a 30-3 record as a Boise State Head Coach(how pathetic....). Like the Kiffin hire, it would take a whole lotta $&#39;s to land Coach Petersen. </p><p>&nbsp;<strong>Darkhorse Pick: Jim Mora</strong>, <strong>former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach - </strong>Ok, you may be wondering why this is a darkhorse pick, even though Mora&#39;s mentioning of the Washington job cost him his in Atlanta a couple of years ago. The reason is that Mora has already been named Mike Holmgren&#39;s replacement in Seattle. The thing is, the Seahawks are not looking too good so far, right now having a 2-5 record. What if Mora gets cold feet and backs out as Seahawks Head Coach? Washington would be waiting with open arms.&nbsp; </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 23:08:02 GMT JDawg1447 Clemson's Coaching Situation <font size="4">&nbsp;&nbsp; As you have probably already heard, Tommy Bowden stepped down today as Clemson head coach. This move was expected by anyone who knew anything about the situation, and Bobby Bowden said that Tommy &quot;felt like it was inevitable&quot;. Wide Receivers Head Coach Dabo Swinney has been named the interim head coach. <br /><br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; Here&#39;s 5 people I think that Clemson should try and hire to replace Tommy Bowden:<br /><br /><strong>1. Skip Holtz, East Carolina Head Coach&nbsp;- </strong>Holtz has done an amazing job as Pirates head coach and, even though ECU has been eliminated from being a BCS-Buster, the Pirates have gotten a lot of recognition. Holtz seems to have learned a lot from his dad, and I see no reason why he wouldn&#39;t be a good fit for Clemson.<br /><br /><strong>2. Todd Graham, Tulsa Head Coach&nbsp;</strong>- Todd Graham&nbsp;has done nothing but win as&nbsp;a head coach. In&nbsp;his first and only year as Rice head&nbsp;Coach, Graham led the Owls to their first bowl game&nbsp;since 1960. Graham has done an excellent job as Tulsa head coach, so far being 14-4 as Golden Hurricanes head coach. Tulsa&nbsp;is 4-0 this year, and if Tulsa fights for a ten win season and possibily an&nbsp;undefeated year, Todd should be moving on. Clemson needs to seriously consider him for this&nbsp;job.<br /><br /><strong>3. Dan Mullen, Florida Offensive Coordinator&nbsp;</strong>- Florida has been unstoppable for the most part while Mullen has been OC,&nbsp;producing a national championship&nbsp;and a Heisman winning QB. Mullen also was a part of developing Utah QB Alex Smith. The&nbsp;QB position&nbsp;appears to need improvement, and Mullen would bring&nbsp;the ability to do that among other aspects of the game if he was hired.<br /><br /><strong>4. Will Muschamp, Texas Defensive Coordinator </strong>- Muschamp has been an outstanding Defensive Coordinator, holding that position at Auburn for two years before moving to Texas this year. Muschamp&nbsp;brings youth and emotion, something a team like Clemson desperately needs. Having the word Champ in&nbsp;the last name can&#39;t hurt, either.&nbsp;Since&nbsp;2004 two&nbsp;Texas Defensive Coordinators (Greg Robinson &amp; Gene Chizik)&nbsp;have been&nbsp;hired as head coaches. I wouldn&#39;t be surprised if Muschamp made that number three.<br /><br /><strong>5.&nbsp;(DARKHORSE PICK)&nbsp;Lane Kiffin, Former Oakland Raiders Head Coach </strong>- Kiffin was rumored&nbsp;to be interested in the Arkansas job last year, so&nbsp;now that&#39;s he&#39;s free he might become a college&nbsp;head coach. I think&nbsp;Kiffin has the potential to be a great head coach, but if I were Clemson, Kiffin wouldn&#39;t be the first&nbsp;guy on my list.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font> Mon, 13 Oct 2008 20:24:39 GMT JDawg1447 Coaches who helped and hurt themselves the most (9/28) <p align="left"><font size="4"><strong>Five Coaches Who Helped Themselves:</strong></font></p><p align="center"><strong></strong></p><p align="left"><font size="4"><strong>5. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt - </strong>One of the few times that a coach will make this list when his team doesn&#39;t play, but this is one of those times. Vanderbilt is now in first in the SEC East after Georgia and Florida&#39;s loss, so Johnson is without a doubt on this list. Like I said last time, Vandy is either going to make a bowl or fall apart. Whatever happens determines if Johnson returns.<br /><br /><strong>4. Tommy West, Memphis - </strong>West was given an extension through 2009 in December, but things could have gotten bad when the Tigers started the season 0-3. They have since bounced back, winning two in a row and increasing their record to 2-3. I would have doubted that Memphis would have fired West, but these wins make me think it is impossible. <br /><br /><strong>3. Chuck Long, San Diego State - </strong>Long hasn&#39;t had many wins as Aztecs head coach (8 in 3 years), so any win gets him on this list. San Diego State beat Idaho yesterday 45-17, making their record 1-3. A winning season would take a lot of pressure off Chuck, but I see at best they will finish 4-8.<br /><br /><strong>2. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland - </strong>I&nbsp;said that Maryland would fire Friedgen after this year unless they&nbsp;competed for the ACC Championship. Things didn&#39;t look good after a 14-24 loss to Middle Tennessee State, but they have since won three in a row, including&nbsp;a 20-17 win against Clemson(a game that&nbsp;I said Maryland would win by 6). The ACC is horrible this season, so the Terps have a good shot at winning the Atlantic Division and&nbsp;maybe the conference title.<br /><br /><strong>1. Mike Price, UTEP - </strong>I felt like Price needs a winning season to return to El Paso next year, and it didn&#39;t look good after starting 0-3.&nbsp;I picked UCF to beat UTEP by 3 yesterday, and I was shocked to see that UTEP killed UCF, 58-13. That win was big for the Miners and Price, and I think that they can go 7-5 this year.<br /><br /><br /><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ten Coaches Who Hurt Themselves<br /><br />10. Hal Mumme, New Mexico State - </strong>Mumme&nbsp;is another of the many coaches that I cheer for to turn his career around. Things are looking too good, with the Aggies losing to their rival New Mexico 24-35. Hal has been&nbsp;head coach at New Mexico State for four years now, with his best record being 4-8. The Aggies need to turn it around fast to pass this mark.<br /><br /><br /><strong>9. Tom Amstutz, Toledo -&nbsp;</strong>Last week Amstutz was on my &quot;Coaches Who Helped&quot; List after a 54-55 loss to Fresno State. Tom is on this week&#39;s&nbsp;&quot;Hurt&quot;&nbsp;list after the Rockets&nbsp;lost to Florida International(That&#39;s right, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL) 16-35. There only win&nbsp;was against Eastern Michigan, and I think next week&#39;s game against Ball State will make or break Toledo&#39;s season.<br /><br /><strong>8. Al Groh, Virginia - </strong>Virginia is horrible. Yesterday the Cavaliers got clobbered by Duke 31-3, in a game that&nbsp;I thought would be really close. This year will most likely not produce a winning season, which will add more pressure on Groh&#39;s job. <br /><br /><strong>7. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa - </strong>Two back-to-back&nbsp;close losses can kill a team. This looks&nbsp;like what my happen to Ferentz&#39;s team after a 1 point loss to Pitt and a 5 point loss to Northwestern. I see Iowa&nbsp;finishing the season with a 6-6&nbsp;record, which will NOT be good enough to save Kirk Ferentz&#39;s job.<br /><br /><strong>6. Phillip Fulmer - </strong>If anyone&nbsp;read one of my blogs earlier this year, I told about my&nbsp;grandad predicting that the Vols would go undefeated this year.&nbsp;After Eric Crompton fumbled the ball in&nbsp;the Vols own endzone, Grandaddy turned off the TV. That&#39;s been that kind of season for Fulmer and the Vols, and no doubt that there is&nbsp;more pressure&nbsp;on Fulmer. I&nbsp;wouldn&#39;t be surprised if Fulmer retires at the end of this season.<br /><br /><strong>5. Ty Willingham, Washington - </strong>The Huskies need every win they can&nbsp;get, and to lose close games just&nbsp;makes it just&nbsp;that much worse. Washington lost yesterday 28-35 to&nbsp;Stanford, in my eyes guaranteeing a losing&nbsp;season and a new head coach next year.<br /><br /><strong>4. Greg Robinson,&nbsp;Syracuse - </strong>Greg Robinson&#39;s situation is almost identical to Ty Willingham&#39;s. Yesterday&#39;s 24-34 loss to Pitt might have sealed Robinson&#39;s fate as Orange Head Coach. Robinson will be lucky&nbsp;to be on ANY&nbsp;coaching staff next year, much less being a head coach somewhere.<br /><br /><strong>3. Joe Glenn, Wyoming - </strong>Yesterday&#39;s 16-45 loss to Bowling Green means that Wyoming needs to pull a couple of upsets to&nbsp;be .500&nbsp;this year. I think that a bowl is the only way that Joe Glenn will return as Cowboys&#39; head coach next year.<br /><br /><strong>2. Jeff Genyk, Eastern Michigan </strong>- Genyk should probably begin cleaning out his office. The Eagles are 1-4 so far this year, and I have them picked to in only one more game. Yesterday&#39;s 0-37 loss to Northern Illinois just made&nbsp;it that much clearer that the Eagles stink. Four wins as the largest number of wins in a season in your career&nbsp;equals no job.<br /><br /><strong>1. Doug Martin, Kent State </strong>- The Golden Flashes have never been good under Martin, and this year is&nbsp;included. Kent State is 1-4 so far this year, and there&#39;s no way that they will make a bowl this year. Bye Bye, Doug.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</font></p> Sun, 28 Sep 2008 20:19:29 GMT JDawg1447 Coaches who helped and hurt themselves the most (9/21) <p align="left"><font size="4">&nbsp; <em>Here&#39;s my second edition of &quot;Coaches who helped and hurt themselves the Most.&quot; The list consists of 5 coaches who helped themselves and 10 that hurt themselves yesterday. Remember from my last list that a win can still land you on the Hurt List. This week you will see that a loss can still land you on the Helped List. Here&#39;s the list for this week:<br /><br /><br /></em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Five Coaches who Helped Themselves:<br /><br /><br />5. Tom Amstutz, Toledo - </strong>This is a rare case where a loss actually puts you on the Help List. Toledo battled with Fresno State to the very end, losing in 2 OT&#39;s after attempting a two-point conversion to win it. Amstutz showed all his players that he believed in them, and he proved that Toledo is back in the hunt for bowl eligibility and the MAC Title. That&#39;s why he&#39;s on this list.<br /><br /><br /><strong>4. Bob Toledo, Tulane - </strong>From Toledo back to Toledo. Tulane has shown in back-to-back weeks that they are progressing, something I am surprised of in only Toledo&#39;s 2nd year. Although it has only amounted to one win so far, I think they could get up to 6 wins.<br /><br /><br /><strong>3. Brent Guy, Utah State - </strong>The Aggies won 42-17. Any win for Utah State puts Guy on this list.<br /><br /><br /><strong>2. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt - </strong>The Commodores are 4-0! Vandy now has an excellent chance to make their first bowl game since 1982, leaving the team with only two choices: either get bowl eligible and save Johnson&#39;s job or get on a losing streak and get their coach fired.<br /><br /><br /><strong>1. Mike Stoops, Arizona - </strong>Arizona is now 3-1, and even though 4-0 would have been better, the Wildcats are setting themselves up for a run to a bowl game. I predict that Arizona will finish with a record of 6-6, making them on the line to making a bowl game.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Ten Coaches who Hurt Themselves:<br /><br /><br />10. Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State - </strong>I actually thought that The Bulldogs would be a darkhorse for the SEC title this year. I also thought that the Georgia Tech game yesterday would be a good game. Turns&nbsp;out I was wrong about both. Mississippi State is 1-3 so far this year, with their only win being against SE Louisiania. Georgia Tech stomped the Bulldogs yesterday 38-7, leaving me to wonder what&#39;s wrong with Mississippi State. I think Sly will be retained, but there will be a little more talk about his job now. <br /><br /><br /><strong>9. Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee - </strong>Fulmer&#39;s job is apparently going to be on the line once again after Tennessee&#39;s embarrassing 6-30 loss to Florida yesterday. Don&#39;t worry Fulmer fans, he will take some heat util he pulls his usual upset (probably against Georgia this year) and Fulmer gets another extension. <br /><br /><br /><strong>8. Greg Schiano, Rutgers - </strong>Rutgers has went 26-12 the last three seasons under Schiano, including going 8-1 in the first three games of each season. The Scarlet Knights are 0-3 so far, and making it to a bowl won&#39;t be too easy. However, I think Rutgers will finish 6-6 this year.&nbsp; Not great, but proficient for a team that hadn&#39;t been to a bowl game since 1978 until 2005.<br /><br /><br /><strong>7.&nbsp; Bill Stewart, West Virginia - </strong>Stewart&#39;s tenure at West Virginia has not started off too well, so far with matching their total losses from last year in three games (2). Thursday&#39;s loss to Colorado was a heartbreaker (especially for me, since I bet on that game with my dad), and some may wonder if Stewart is really head coaching material. I seriously doubt it, but I think the Mountaineers will turn around and finish the season with an 8-4 record.<br /><br /><br /><strong>6. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa - </strong>Kirk has gone from possibly coaching in the NFL to possibly being out of a job in a matter of four years. The Hawkeyes lost a close one yesterday, losing to Pitt 20-21. I wouldn&#39;t be shocked if Ferentz isn&#39;t coaching the Hawkeyes next season, but he will&nbsp;not be out&nbsp;coaching for long. I predict Iowa will finish with a 7-5 record, and will be searching for a new coach in January.<br /><br /><br /><strong>5. Frank Solich, Ohio </strong>- I&#39;ve&nbsp;rooted for Solich ever since <strong>Nebraska fired him after a 10-3 year,</strong> but&nbsp;I think his tenure at Ohio is now numbered. The Bobcats are 0-4 this&nbsp;year, and I only see them winning 3 games. Solich&nbsp;was a good coach, but I thik it&#39;s about time he just retired.<br /><br /><br /><strong>4. Greg Robinson, Syracuse </strong>-&nbsp;I&#39;ve got good news and bad news for Syracuse fans: The Good news is that the Orange won by nine points. The Bad news is it was against Northeastern, a I-AA team that went 3-8 last year. This is just more proof that Syracuse is an&nbsp;inexperienced team and has been every year that Robinson has been head coach. I&#39;ve heard a rumor that Lane Kiffin might be&nbsp;the next Syracuse head coach, and I&nbsp;think anyone who&#39;s name isn&#39;t Greg&nbsp;Robinson will be&nbsp;a good hire by the SU athletic department.<br /><br /><strong>3. Mike Price, UTEP </strong>- Mike Price is another head coach I root for, mainly because of&nbsp;the &quot;scandal&quot; at Alabama. I thought UTEP would be an annual contender for the CUSA&nbsp;title after&nbsp;back-to-back 8-4 seasons, but they&nbsp;have only won 9 games since then. The Miners are 0-3 this year, and I think&nbsp;that Price needs a winning year to return next year.<br /><br /><br /><strong>2. Doug Martin, Kent State </strong>- I have bought Phil Steele&#39;s College Football Preview for three years now, and&nbsp;every year he has picked the Golden Flashes to&nbsp;either&nbsp; win the&nbsp;MAC East or finish second.&nbsp;Their best finish&nbsp;in the MAC East&nbsp;in those three years is second two years ago with a 6-6 record.&nbsp;Kent State has been downright horrible under Martin, going 16-34 in that span. They are 1-3 so far this year, and I think the only way Martin will be back is if they turn it around and win the MAC East.<br /><br /><br /><strong>1. Joe Glenn, Wyoming </strong>- Joe Glenn is once again another coach I root for, but he won&#39;t keep his job unless the Cowboys&nbsp;make a bowl. They are 2-2 this year, but a 44-0 loss to BYU doesn&#39;t help the cause. Glenn&nbsp;took a lot of heat last year after flipping off Utah&nbsp;coach Kyle Whittingham, but I was surprised that Wyoming&nbsp;retained him. However, </font><font size="4">he is as good as gone this year.</font><font size="4">&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></font></p> Sun, 21 Sep 2008 13:45:17 GMT JDawg1447 Welcome/ Let's Get Started <div><font size="4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; First off, I would like to welcome everyone who reads this to the new Coaches Hot Seat Alert Group. This is a group for people who like to talk about coaches who are on the &quot;hot seat&quot;, which means who are in danger of losing their job. I would like to have some members who are &quot;experts&quot; in certain sports. My sport of choice is college football and possibly NFL. I would like to have all sports covered by this group. Enough said, here&#39;s a list of 5 coaches in college football who helped themselves yesterday and&nbsp;10 who hurt themselves(Not literally, so Charlie Weis is not on here):<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>5. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame - </strong>I know for a fact that it will be a cold day in Hades when&nbsp;Charlie Weis is&nbsp;on the hot seat when his team is predicted to go 9-3&nbsp;or better(I have them going 7-5), but the Fighting Irish&#39;s scare against San Diego State made people wonder just a little about the state of the&nbsp;dynasty. A lot of their fears were gone after yesterday&#39;s butt-whooping 35-17 win against rival Michigan. Now Weis and his former QB Tom Brady have something in common: They are now both hurt. Weis tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee&nbsp;after a hit from one&nbsp;of his players. This increases his stability at Notre Dame. I mean, come on,&nbsp;how can you fire a coach when he&#39;s limping around<strong>?<br /><br /><br />&nbsp; 4. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;I had predicted before the year started that Ralph would be fired at the end of the year(much to the dismay of MDPride111). Fuel was added to this fire after Maryland lost to Middle Tennessee State last week.&nbsp;Ralph probably took some of the heat off himself after yesterday&#39;s&nbsp;game where the Terps flatout dominated Cal but almost allowed a comeback. They held on 35-27 after a smart play on an onside kick.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>3. Tim Brewster, Minnesota - </strong>I know that there was no way a team would fire their head coach after just one&nbsp;year, but still a lot of pressure was on Tim Brewster after a 1-11 season last year. They beat Montana State yesterday 35-23, leaving them at 3-0 this year. They&nbsp;have now tripled their wins from last year, so I say good year for Tim even if they don&#39;t win another game(I predict they only win one more, against Northwestern).<br /><br />&nbsp; <strong>2. Mike Sanford, UNLV - </strong>I really thought that Sanford was as good as gone before this season started, but I look to be wrong. They lost last week 21-42 against Utah, and I still thought I would be right. Then yesterday the Rebels traveled to&nbsp;Tempe, Arizona to play the #15 Arizona State Sun Devils, a team that&nbsp;<strong>I picked would&nbsp;go undefeated</strong>, and won in overtime 23-20. I was wrong. The only thing that is in my mind nowafter picking Arizona State to go undefeated is this:(<a href=""></a>)<br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <strong>1. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt - </strong><em>Red Alert, SEC FANS! Red Alert! Vandy is 3-0 and could actually&nbsp;make a bowl game!&nbsp;</em>I think that Bobby is a great coach that&nbsp;is just&nbsp;in a bad conference, but starting 3-0 actually gives them a good chance at making their first&nbsp;bowl game since the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl against Air Force. Don&#39;t give me credit for knowing that, I looked it&nbsp;up.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>10 Head Coaches Who hurt Themselves Yesterday:<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; 10. Joe Tiller, Purdue - </strong>Ok,&nbsp;everyone knows that this is is Tiller&#39;s&nbsp;last year as head coach, but yesterday&#39;s lost&nbsp;against Oregon, a game&nbsp;that the Boilermakers lead 20-3 and lost in OT 26-32, didn&#39;t&nbsp;lessen his stability there, it lessened his legacy. I predict that&nbsp;Purdue will not make a bowl game this year, a heartbreaking way to end Tiller&#39;s career.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>9. Joe Glenn, Wyoming - </strong>This will probably one of the&nbsp;few times that I list a coach on here who&#39;s team <strong>won their last game,&nbsp;</strong>that&#39;s just what I&#39;m doing by listing Glenn on this list. The reason for it is because the Cowboys only beat North Dakota State by 3 points. Glenn is a&nbsp;good coach that I have liked since Wyoming beat UCLA in&nbsp;&#39;04 in the Las Vegas Bowl, but he needs another bowl game to keep his job<strong>.<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;8. Jeff Tedford, Cal </strong>- After a disappointing &#39;07 season, the Golden Bears were looking to battle for the PAC-10 and&nbsp;maybe the National Title.&nbsp;Well, there&#39;s still the PAC-10&nbsp;Championship to strive for, seeing as any National Title hope was probably destroyed after yesterday&#39;s loss. Cal will still have a good year, but every loss will put more pressure on Tedford<strong>.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;7. Jeff Genyk, Eastern Michigan </strong>- I would be surprised if a lot of people knew there was an Eastern Michigan college. I would be even more surprised if a lot of&nbsp;people&nbsp;knew that that&nbsp;Eastern Michigan college&nbsp;had a football team. Genyk is 14-35 as the Eagles&#39; head coach, and a 17-41 loss seems to&nbsp;add more facts to why this&nbsp;will be&nbsp;Genyk&#39;s last year.<br /><br /><br /><strong>&nbsp;6. Chuck Long, San Diego State </strong>- the Aztecs are 0-3 this year, giving Long a&nbsp;7-20 record as head coach. The team just seems flat-out outpowered each week, and I would be surprised if the Aztecs win a game this year. I think that San Diego State will give Long another year to try and rebuild, but he will probably need a winning season if he wants more than that<strong>.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;5. Ty Willingham, Washington </strong>- The Huskies are 0-3, and from what I&#39;ve heard Willingham needs a winning season if he wants to&nbsp;return. Yesterday&#39;s loss was expected, but it just added more proof that Washington will not be playing past December 6th this year. Ty got a&nbsp;bum rap at Notre Dame when Charlie Weis was given all the credit with&nbsp;Willingham&#39;s players, but it&#39;s fair to say Washington should&nbsp;move on without him<strong>.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;4. Greg Robinson, Syracuse </strong>- A lot like Willingham above, the Orange&#39;s loss yesterday was expected but showed that Robinson has got to go. He was a&nbsp;good coordinator for Texas, but that&#39;s about it. Syracuse should be kicking themselves for eternity for firing their best coach, Paul Pasqualoni, after a 6-6 season.&nbsp;Robinson has 7 wins <strong>in three seasons</strong>&nbsp;at Syracuse. Big Mistake.<br /><br /><br /><strong>&nbsp; 3. Al Groh, Virginia - </strong>I expected yesterday&#39;s matchup of UConn vs Virginia to be a nail-bitter. Turns out the&nbsp;only person who was probably biting nails was Groh, as the Cavaliers got&nbsp;demolished 10-45. Groh needs a big win this year if he was to secure his job for however long he wants it. That win would&nbsp;probably have to be on November 29th against&nbsp;Virginia Tech, a game that Virginia has not won since 2003.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <strong>2. Brent Guy, Utah State&nbsp;- </strong>The Aggies Stink. Period. Guy is 6-32 as head coach of Utah State, including their 0-3 record this year. I predict only one win for Utah State(against Idaho next week), and one&nbsp;win&nbsp;puts Brent Guy on the chopping block.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <strong>1. Mike Stoops, Arizona - </strong>Everyone who knows&nbsp;about Mike Stoops&#39; position at Arizona knows he basically has to have a bowl game to keep his job.&nbsp;Yesterday&#39;s loss to New Mexico (in my eyes) elimates their chances of a bowl game unless they pull some big upsets. I have&nbsp;the Wildcats going 5-7 this year now that they lost to New Mexico, but they could possibly sneak in at 6-6 with a win over a team like Oregon State.&nbsp;The Wildcats are looking to go to a bowl game for the first time since 1998. Mike Stoops job depends on it.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;</font><font size="4"><br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp; </font></div> Sun, 14 Sep 2008 13:40:46 GMT JDawg1447