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Several Pac-12 coaches are on the hot seat

Posted on: June 24, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 4:50 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer Senior Writer Dennis Dodd unveiled his 2011 Hot Seat Ratings for college football and if you pull out the Pac-12 coaches, you'll find the seat is quite toasty - or could be quickly - for at least half of the conference. While Utah's Kyle Whittingham and Washington's Steve Sarkisian don't have anything to worry about, Pac-12 media days might feature a few new faces next year. It almost seems as though the conference has to move to a "hot couch" to fit everybody on it. Here's the list of coaches on the West Coast in order from 5 (brushing off for-sale signs) to 0 (buying second beach house).

Washington State's Paul Wulff: 5.0

UCLA's Rick Neuheisel:

Arizona State's Dennis Erickson
: 3.5

Arizona's Mike Stoops: 2.5

USC's Lane Kiffin: 2.0

Cal's Jeff Tedford: 2.0

Stanford's David Shaw:

Colorado's Jon Embree: 1.0

Oregon State's Mike Riley: 1.0

Washington's Steve Sarkisian: 0.5

Utah's Kyle Whittingham: 0

Oregon's Chip Kelly: 0

Wulff is the only coach in the country to receive a 5.0 from Dodd. His winning percentage is south of the Mendoza Line (.135 entering 2011) and he probably needs to get the Cougars close to a bowl game in order to get another year. He's an alum of the school and poured all his efforts into rebuilding things on the Palouse but it's hard to overlook his overall record. He's got some talent on offense, notably quarterback Jeff Tuel, so there is some hope.

The coach with the best chance to get off of the seat is Erickson, who has a team full of upperclassmen and is primed to make a run at the first ever Pac-12 South title. He is just barely over .500 in his time in Tempe and has only finished in the upper half of the conference standings once, which is why his seat is third hottest in the conference.

It seems as though Neuheisel has "been on the cusp" of breaking through after two good recruiting classes a few years ago but he'll have to combat a tough schedule to prevent the temperature from rising further. Many have speculated that the school's financial situation is the only thing keeping him around for another year.

Tedford finds himself in the middle of the pack but he knows the situation is fluid. Cal fans' expectations will likely raise next year with the re-opening of Memorial Stadium so while the quarterback guru is probably safe this year, he's not too far away from having his name move higher on the list if things don't go well in 2011. Dodd accurately pegs Kiffin as having a pretty lukewarm seat, unlike what some fans outside Southern California might think. However, like with Chip Kelly, any NCAA trouble will find him shooting up to near the top of the list.

The hot seat is crowded in the Pac-12 and it should be fun to see who gets off of it this season.

One way or another.


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:15 am

Several Pac-12 coaches are on the hot seat

Neuheisel will be safe for one more year, because UCLA is too cheap to buy out contracts.  They will simply not rehire him when his contract runs out, ala Karl Dorrell. 

Paul Wulff came to Wazzu in 2008.  His team won two games, which was two more than rival Washington did.  Last season, rival Washington not only went to a Bowl Game, but pulled off a sstunning upset of Nebraska.  Wazzu fans feel that if UDub can do this, so can they.  Wulff will need at least 5 wins this season.  He may have the schedule and horses to do it.

Dennis Erickson is squarely on the hot seat.  Arizona State is picked by many to win the Pac 12 South, especially with USC still on probation and Utah starting year 1 in the Pac 12.  Erickson has seen his teams consistantly underachieve, and one more year of that probably will be hiws last.

Spekaing iof underachievers, Jeff Tedford of Cal leads the conference.  Oddly enough this season may be his weakest, talent wise.  Tedford must win this season.  I do not think that 6 wins and a bowl bid may be enough.  With a very soft non-con schedule, 7 wins may be a must.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 7:40 pm

Several Pac-12 coaches are on the hot seat

I don't think any of these coaches are on the hot seat except Rick, Dennis, and Tedford. And Tedford should have been fired long ago Cal has probably been the second most talented team in the conference for the last six years not even joking.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:25 pm

Several Pac-12 coaches are on the hot seat

The Pac 12 has become a big money conference and that could be bad news for some of these coaches as they have not performed up to big money conference standards.  I definitely think the top three names on this list are in need of very good seasons in order to save their jobs.  The wildcard here is probably Kelly, and Dodd gave him a zero for some unknown reason.  What if the NCAA really finds something?  That zero would change real quick.  I truly hope that the Oregon situation has a soft landing for the Ducks, but if something bad happened, then he may be let go.  In order for me to take a zero seriously, it really needs to be a zero.  With Kelly, it is not, even though I really like the guy and think everything will be OK for him and his program. 

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