After the 2019 college football season, 22 of the 130 FBS programs changed head coaches. In the current coronavirus climate, programs might be less likely to make a coaching change, however, here are a few on the coaches hot seat.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t coaches on the proverbial hot seat. There are quite a few. Some, like Connecticut’s Randy Edsall, can rest easy for a while. Connecticut cancelled its 2020 football season.
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There are others that will have to produce whether it is in the fall or the spring. Here are those on the hottest of seats.
CLAY HELTON, USC
Like Edsall, Helton may have bought himself some time as the Pac-12 is looking to play its season next spring. Since going 21-6 in his first two full seasons at USC, Helton has back-slidden to 13-12 over the past two campaigns. You’ll find them in the middle of the pack in many NCAAF futures at online sportsbooks.
He hired Graham Harrell, a Mike Leach disciple, to be the Trojans offensive coordinator prior to last season. Helton is hopeful that Todd Orlando will instill some life into an ailing Trojans defense as the new coordinator on that side of the ball.
Helton is going to have to work some magic at USC. Otherwise, new athletic director Mike Bohn will likely be looking elsewhere for Helton’s replacement.
TOM HERMAN, TEXAS
Herman declared the Longhorns were back after beating Oklahoma and winning the Sugar Bowl in 2018. Texas proved it isn’t really back after going 8-5 last season, putting Herman on the coaches hot seat in 2020.
Herman does have an outstanding quarterback in Heisman Trophy candidate Sam Ehlinger and plenty of talent to win a Big 12 title. The Texas coach hired two new coordinators and five new assistants as part of a must-win-now effort.
The Longhorns coach has got to produce double-digit wins consistently or he is on his way out.
DEREK MASON, VANDERBILT
Mason is one of the good guys. His problem is that he coaches at Vanderbilt. In six seasons, he has not produced a winning season. He has taken the Commodores to two bowl games (both losses), but Mason is nearing his past-due date.
Winning in the SEC is hard enough. Doing it at Vanderbilt is even tougher. Making it even more difficult is Mason’s successor James Franklin went 24-15 – back-to-back 9-4 seasons – in three years.
WILL MUSCHAMP, SOUTH CAROLINA
Muschamp is one heckuva defensive coordinator. Head coach? Not so much.
Muschamp spent four years at Florida where he won more than seven games just once. He has now been at South Carolina for four years and has won more than seven games exactly once.
If you take away Muschamp’s 11-2 season at Florida, he is an extremely mediocre 43-44. His record against ranked teams, which there are plenty of in the SEC, is just 3-19.
The one thing that might keep Muschamp at South Carolina past the 2020 season is his contract buyout. After this year, it’s $13.2 million.
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OTHERS CLOSE TO THE COACHES HOT SEAT
Scott Frost is not on the hot seat…yet. He is just 9-15 in two seasons, but the Nebraska faithful are still all-in on their native son. Will it last with another poor season?
Kevin Sumlin and Chip Kelly will not play this fall, but when they play in the spring both Arizona and UCLA are going to have to win if either or both is going to keep their job.