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CFB Hot Seat Watch: Will Muschamp, Brady Hoke on thin ice

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Brady Hoke's Michigan team improved to 3-4 after last week's win over Penn State.

Two coaches share the hottest-seat designation this week.

Michigan's Brady Hoke and Florida's Will Muschamp were hired about a month apart after the 2010 season, and they seem likely to be joining the ranks of the unemployed around the same time, too. Hoke's Michigan team beat Penn State, but was anyone really impressed? As for Muschamp and Florida, they let a golden opportunity to beat LSU slip away in the final minute because of -- everyone together now -- an interception by Jeff Driskel, who is as beleaguered as Muschamp.

Meanwhile, we're barely into mid-October, and there already are three coaching vacancies (Kansas, SMU, and Troy).

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.

CFB Hot Seat Watch: Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6

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The particulars: SMU's June Jones resigned Sept. 8, Kansas Charlie Weis was fired Sept. 28 and Troy coach Larry Blakeney announced Oct. 5 that he will retire at the end of the season.

10. Tony Levine, Houston

The particulars: 17-15 in his third season at Houston, including 3-3 this season.
The skinny: Houston evened its record with a win over Memphis on Saturday, and the Cougars look to have a good shot at getting to eight wins. Still, there's no question the program has slipped under Levine's watch. The Cougars went 13-1 in 2012 under then-coach Kevin Sumlin. When Sumlin left for Texas A&M, Levine was promoted. But if the Cougars finish with at least seven wins, Levine is safe.

9. Al Golden, Miami

The particulars: 26-18 in his fourth season at Miami, including 4-3 this season.
The skinny: Miami blasted Cincinnati on Saturday in front of what appeared to be about 20,000 fans, and the Hurricanes still have what looks to be a legitimate shot at getting to eight wins. But if they max out at six or seven, things could be dicey for Golden. Miami hasn't won double-digit games since 2003, and won't this season unless it wins out, including its bowl game. Given that Miami's fan support is a mile wide but an inch deep, a few more losses will means tens of thousands of calls for Golden's scalp.

8. Larry Fedora, North Carolina

The particulars: 17-14 in his third season at UNC, including 2-4 this season.
The skinny: The Tar Heels surrendered at least 50 points for the third time this season in falling at Notre Dame this past Saturday; this week, the Heels face run-heavy Georgia Tech, which also will test the defense. UNC finished with a flourish last season and could do so again this season. Still, there is not a "for-sure win" left on the schedule. And because Duke and North Carolina State remain on the schedule, that there is no "for-sure win" likely is causing some angst for Tar Heels fans - - and that, in turn, should create some angst for Fedora. NCAA issues linger because of an academic scandal that preceded Fedora's tenure, and that actually could end up saving him.

7. Kevin Wilson, Indiana

The particulars: 13-29 in his fourth season at IU, including 3-3 this season.
The skinny: The Hoosiers' inconsistency continued Saturday with a loss to Iowa. That followed a win over North Texas, which followed a loss to Maryland, which followed a road upset of Missouri, which was preceded by a home loss to Bowling Green. The defense remains a huge concern. If IU can get to a bowl, Wilson should be fine. But even with the Big Ten looking quite mediocre overall, that's a big "if," especially now that starting QB Nate Sudfeld is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

6. Paul Petrino, Idaho

The particulars: 1-17 in his second season at Idaho, including 0-6 this season.
The skinny: He seemed to be a bad cultural fit when he was hired, and the lone win in his tenure came last season over Temple. The Vandals are riding a 13-game losing streak -- the longest such streak currently in the nation -- and are coming off a 23-point loss to Georgia Southern, which is in its first season in the FBS ranks. Idaho has surrendered at least 34 points in every game this season. To be fair, Petrino took over a reeling program, and as bad as the Vandals seem to be, there still are three winnable games remaining this season.

5. Norm Chow, Hawaii

The particulars: 6-23 in his third season at Hawaii, including 2-3 this season.
The skinny: The Warriors beat Wyoming by 10 on Saturday and did so by rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit. 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? Chow is dealing with pressing personal issues, as well -- his wife is hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a brain aneurysm earlier this month.

4. Tim Beckman, Illinois

The particulars: 9-22 in his third season at Illinois, including 3-4 this season.
The skinny: The Illini defense is in shambles. The three wins have come over FCS foe Youngstown State, Western Kentucky, and Texas State. It would seem to be a must for Beckman to get to a bowl to keep his job, so that means Illinois must come up with three more wins from among this group of opponents: Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Penn State. It seems more likely the Illini will win zero or one than three more.

3. Bill Blankenship, Tulsa

The particulars: 23-22 in his fourth season at Tulsa, including 1-5 this season.
The skinny: Tulsa dropped its fifth in a row Saturday, losing to Temple. Three wins looks to be the ceiling this season. The Golden Hurricane have fallen a long way in a short time -- at least eight wins per season eight times in 10 seasons from 2003-12. Blankenship is a Tulsa alum, but that might not save him.

1B. Brady Hoke, Michigan

The particulars: 29-17 in his fourth season at Michigan, including 3-4 this season.
The skinny: Michigan edged Penn State, which eased the heat some on Hoke. Still, it's hard to see him returning next season. The Wolverines went 11-2 in Hoke's first season, but they've been on a steady descent ever since.

1A. Will Muschamp, Florida

The particulars: 25-18 in his fourth season at Florida, including 3-2 this season.
The skinny: That Florida still has a shot at the SEC East title is an indictment of the division. Florida is just not that good. Every game leaves Florida fans saying "if, if, if." Four years into a tenure at a program such as Florida, that's not a good sign. Florida has breakdowns on both sides of the ball every week, and that reflects on the coaches.

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



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