CFB 24/7  


Michigan's Brady Hoke atop hot-seat coaches list


Michigan's Brady Hoke and Florida's Will Muschamp were hired a month apart following the 2010 season, and they're atop our weekly look at the college football coaches on the hottest seats.

We're still not into October, and there already are two coaching vacancies (Kansas and SMU).

By no means is this a complete list of the hot-seat coaches. These are just the guys on the hottest seats this week. This list will be updated on a weekly basis as coaches' fortunes rise and fall.

Hot-seat Meter: Sept. 22

Already gone

The particulars: SMU's June Jones resigned Sept. 8 and Kansas Charlie Weis was fired Sunday.

10. Dan Enos, Central Michigan

The particulars: 21-33 in his fifth season at Central Michigan, including 2-3 this season.
The skinny: The Chippewas opened 2-0, including an upset of Purdue. But they have lost three in a row since, including a 14-point loss to an awful Kansas team. They also lost Saturday to Toledo, making them 1-12 under Enos against the top three programs in the MAC West (Ball State, Northern Illinois and Toledo) during Enos' tenure. CMU won 38 games from 2006-09; the Chippewas won half as many in Enos' first four seasons at CMU.

9. Troy Calhoun, Air Force

The particulars: 52-42 in his eighth season at Air Force, including 3-1 this season.
The skinny: The Falcons shocked presumed Mountain West favorite Boise State on Saturday, and maybe they've turned the corner. Their other wins this season have come over an awful FCS team (Nicholls State) and one of the worst teams in the FBS ranks (Georgia State) and they lost to Wyoming, which making the Boise State victory all the more surprising. Even with the upset of the Broncos

8. Kevin Wilson, Indiana

The particulars: 12-28 in his fourth season at IU, including 2-2 this season.
The skinny: The Hoosiers' inconsistency continues. They lost to Bowling Green at home on Sept. 13, stunned Missouri on the road Sept. 20, then were dominated at home Saturday by Maryland. The defense remains a huge concern. If IU can get to a bowl, Wilson should be fine. Even with the Big Ten looking quite mediocre overall, that's a big "if."

7. Tim Beckman, Illinois

The particulars: 9-20 in his third season at Illinois, including 3-2 this season.
The skinny: Illinois hasn't been all that impressive in beating FCS foe Youngstown State, Western Kentucky and Texas State, and it was
whipped Saturday by Nebraska. It would seem to be a must for Beckman to get to a bowl to keep his job, so that means Illinois needs to come up with three wins from among this group of opponents: Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa, Penn State and Northwestern. All but the Northwestern game will be at home.

6. Ron Turner, Florida International

The particulars: 3-14 in second season at FIU, including 2-3 this season.
The skinny: The Panthers are coming off a road upset of UAB and get archrival Florida Atlantic at home this weekend. A win in that one, and this team actually could get to a bowl; at the same time, FIU might go winless the rest of the way. This season's other win came against FCS foe Wagner, but the Panthers also lost -- for the second season in a row -- to FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman. Above all, Turner was a head-scratching hire to begin with.

Check out the top images from the fifth weekend of college football play.

5. Larry Blakeney, Troy

The particulars: 175-109-1 in 24th season at Troy, including 0-5 this season.
The skinny: Blakeney has enjoyed a long and most successful career at Troy, but the Trojans have hit the skids. They appear destined for a fourth consecutive non-winning season. They lost by 38 to UAB and by three to Abilene Christian, which is in its first season as a FCS program after a long run in Division II. One positive: There are numerous winnable games remaining on the schedule. At the same time, their opponents look at Troy as an eminently beatable opponent. The school isn't going to fire Blakeney, but a "resignation" wouldn't be a surprise.

4. Bill Blankenship, Tulsa

The particulars: 23-20 in his fourth season at Tulsa, including 1-3 this season.
The skinny: Tulsa moved from Conference USA to the AAC this season, and the campaign got off to a good start with a win over fellow AAC newcomer Tulane. Then came an expected loss to Oklahoma. But the most recent games were a 29-point beatdown at the hands of Florida Atlantic and Saturday's loss to relative FBS newcomer Texas State at home. Three wins looks to be the ceiling this season. The Golden Hurricane has fallen a long way in a short time -- at least eight wins in eight of 10 seasons from 2003-12.

3. Norm Chow, Hawaii

The particulars: 5-23 in third season at Hawaii, including 1-3 this season.
The skinny: The lone win this season was a three-pointer over FCS foe Northern Iowa, but the Warriors' three losses were by a total of just 18 points to Pac-12 schools Colorado, Oregon State and Washington. There definitely are some winnable games remaining, but there are enough issues to make you wonder if Hawaii can even get to four wins. Would that be enough for Chow to keep his job?

2. Will Muschamp, Florida

The particulars: 24-17 in fourth season at Florida, including 2-1 this season.
The skinny: Muschamp drops to No. 2 on this week's list because the Gators were off Saturday. But if they lose at Tennessee on Saturday, he'll move back to No. 1. Florida has owned Tennessee of late, winning nine in a row and 17 of the past 21 in the series. If the Gators don't win in Knoxville, it's easy to see the season spiraling out of control and Muschamp being fired in late October or early November, despite athletic director Jeremy Foley saying late last week that he would not make any decision until the end of the season. Remember that Foley fired Ron Zook during the season in 2004 (in October, after a loss to Mississippi State).

1. Brady Hoke, Michigan

The particulars: 28-16 in fourth season at Michigan, including 2-3 this season.
The skinny: In its three losses, Michigan has been outscored 87-24 -- including 30-14 by Minnesota on Saturday. That's a Minnesota program that Michigan had beaten in 22 of the past 23 meetings before Saturday. Plus, Hoke's handling of injured QB Shane Morris in that loss has led to waves of criticism. When "Good Morning, America" takes shots at you, things are bad. And as if there needed to be more: Michigan has lost three games in September for the first time since it started playing football in 1878. The Wolverines went 11-2 in Hoke's first season, but they've been on a steady descent ever since. They play at Rutgers on Saturday; a loss in that one almost certainly would seal Hoke's fate. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is being targeted as a potential replacement for Hoke, although Harbaugh said Monday that he's rooting for the embattled Wolverines coach.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



The previous element was an advertisement.

NFL Shop