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5 College Football Coaches on the Hot Seat

Herman Edwards’s future at Arizona State is in doubt as an NCAA investigation closes in. Photo: Associated Press

With the college football season drawing to a close, some teams are going to be looking to make a change at head coach, whether it be for dreadful performance, failure to meet expectations, unethical behavior, on, in the case of one coach, a mixture of all three. Here are five coaches that are sitting in the hot seat at the close of the 2021 regular season.

Manny Diaz, Miami

While 2020 was a promising year for the Hurricanes, 2021 has been nothing but disappointing for the former national powerhouse. They began the season 2-4, suffering blowout losses to Alabama and Michigan State. Their only victories were a blowout against Central Connecticut State and a meager 2-point victory against Appalachian State. While they have won 4 of their past 5 games, 3 of these victories have been by 4 points or less. They also had to rally late to avoid an embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech.

Despite having a top-20 recruiting class in both 2020 and 2021, Diaz has failed to produce results for the Canes. The future isn’t looking too bright either as Miami’s 2022 recruiting class has been ranked as low as 57th in the nation. With Miami recently firing athletic director Blake James, a new administration may wish to start fresh. This means that Diaz’s time in Miami is in danger of coming to an abrupt end.

Herm Edwards, Arizona State

Arizona State fired Todd Graham and hired Herm Edwards because they were sick of mediocrity. However, mediocrity is exactly what they’ve gotten in Edwards’ 4-year tenure. Since taking over the reins in Tempe, the Sun Devils have managed a meager 24-17 record while being 16-14 in Pac-12 play. To top off the mediocre on-field success, Arizona State is currently under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting violations committed during the pandemic. This investigation has seen three ASU coaches placed on administrative leave. This investigation, along with his mediocre on-field results places Edwards firmly on the hot seat. It is incredibly likely that he will be out at ASU at the end of the season.

Dino Babers, Syracuse

Babers’s stint at Syracuse got off to a promising start in 2017 when he led the Orange to an upset victory over defending national champions Clemson. Just a year later, Babers led the Orange to a 10-win season and a 16-point victory over West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. Since then, Syracuse has been 11-23 with a 5-20 record in ACC play. To top that off, they had a dreadful 1-10 season in 2020 and they are dead last in the ACC Atlantic Division. While Babers’s first two seasons Syracuse were quite promising but since then the team has been uncompetitive in a very weak ACC and the Orange might be looking to make a change at the season’s end.

Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech

The Paul Johnson years brought plenty of success to the Yellow Jackets, including 4 ACC Coastal Division titles and an ACC Championship in 2009. The Geoff Collins years, complete with a swap from the triple option to a spread offense, have brought none of that success. He sports a lowly 9-24 record in 3 years and he has failed to win more than 3 games in a season. If Georgia Tech wants to return to the fray as a top contender in the ACC, then they will need to look for another head coach. The Yellow Jackets are one of the worst teams in the weakest Power 5 conference. To make matters worse, the Yellow Jackets have a date with the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday. 

Steve Sarkisian, Texas

It might be too early to say that Sark is on the hot seat. However, his first season at the helm of one of college football’s most historic programs has been a disaster. Despite getting off to an impressive 4-1 start, the Longhorns have lost their last six games and even suffered their first-ever defeat to Kansas in Austin. Keep in mind that this loss was to a 2-9 Kansas team that is bad by every measurable definition. There’s simply no excuse for how bad Texas has been this season despite having an abundance of talent. Sarkisian may be an offensive genius, but his prior track record as a head coach definitely works against him. It isn’t a stretch to say that this tenure in Austin may be a short one.

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