Coaches feeling heat with job security this season
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.
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith has a 5-19 record in two seasons.