Coaches feel­ing heat with job se­cu­rity this sea­son

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

A po­ten­tially quiet silly sea­son for coach­ing moves can quickly turn into whirl­wind of big open­ings.

That was the case last year when Ne­braska and Florida de­scended into tu­mul­tuous sea­sons and fired third-year coaches who had win­ning records in 2016. Mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lars buy­outs be damned.

The re­al­ity is most FBS coaches are one truly ter­ri­ble sea­son away from be­ing fired. Now more than ever changes through­out an ad­min­is­tra­tion can trickle down to the coach’s of­fice and be the cat­a­lyst for change.

That’s why Bobby Petrino en­ters an in­ter­est­ing sea­son at Louisville. Not only has La­mar Jack­son moved on to the NFL, but the bas­ket­ball-re­lated scan­dals at Louisville have led to a new ath­letic di­rec­tor and univer­sity pres­i­dent. Could Petrino de­cide it’s time to move on as well?

The 2018 hot-seat watch has al­ready taken a bizarre turn at Ohio State. If that job comes open, it could trig­ger a chain re­ac­tion across the coun­try. For now though it’s hard to find even six coaches who are clearly in trou­ble, but there are a few who could re­ally use a bet­ter record this year than last to avoid giv­ing their bosses some­thing to think about in Novem­ber. had been left woe­fully de­pleted by Charlie Weis and KU was look­ing for some­one to clean up the mess on the rel­a­tive cheap. Still, three wins in three sea­sons means trou­ble for the coach. And now there is a new ath­letic di­rec­tor at Kansas in Jeff Long. Beaty knows the deal. The Jay­hawks need to show real progress in year four, but it seems like a stretch to project more than a cou­ple vic­to­ries. The next coach is likely to ben­e­fit from Beaty’s cleanup.

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Illi­nois head coach Lovie Smith has a 5-19 record in two sea­sons.

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