Fricke's college football coaches hot seat rankings

Which Power-5 coach's seat is the warmest heading into the 2018 season?

John Fricke
August 24, 2018 - 7:13 am

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Each and every year as the college football season inches closer, we rank head coaches on their job security status from 'untouchable' to 'win or you're out.' Here are my first hot seat rankings for the Power-5 coaches in college football. (*Note: DJ Durkin doesn't count)


Jim Harbaugh, Michigan: Don't kid yourself; there is growing unease in Ann Arbor. Michigan was supposed to be WAY ahead of where it is right now. Far, far, far ahead. If star transfer QB Shae Patterson proves to be another QB bust for the Big Blue and there's yet another loss to Ohio State and
Michigan ends up just being.. ok... well. Not saying he's out but this season could well set-up a 'Big Ten title or bust' year in 2019.

Clay Helton, USC:  Here's the problem: Chip Kelly is at UCLA and Washington is back. USC has been close to being top-tier but for a program that expects to be Alabama-west the Trojans are not nearly that. There are big money people in Orange County who are notoriously impatient and want Pete Carrol like results again, right now.

Bobby Petrino, Louisville: With Papa John sidelined and Rick Pitino out of the picture the focus on the last of the scandal plagued faces of the program will be under even more pressure to keep his club relevant. If the Cards fail this season (heck if they get beat by 40 in their opener against Alabama) you are going to start hearing about the final sweeping of the house cleaning of the troubled trio.



Ed Orgeron, LSU: OK Coach O you got your QB. No one doubts LSU has superb talent everywhere but the guy running the offense. No excuses now. If this team finishes in 4th or 5th in the west it will be time to make another change in Baton Rouge.



David Beatty, Kansas: No long explanation needed here; he's David Beaty. It's Kansas. 

Lovie Smith, Illinois: Maybe Tampa Bay shouldn't have shoved him out but Illions REALLY should never have hired him. Sometimes it just doesn't work and Lovie in Champaign doesn't work.

Larry Fedora, North Carolina: Combined non-stop underachieving (which UNC has continued it's never ending tradition of 'meh') with the distaster of last season, add the Jordan shoe scandal and his embarrassing comments about no proof of football and CTE and how the country will fail if football dies in the next 10 years.. and.. yep, that's fire down there!