Last October, the firing of Tommy Bowden prompted us to go through this exercise. And with Fall camp a month away, it’s time to let you know which head coach’s seats will be the hottest in 2009.
1) Charlie Weis – Notre Dame
This was an easy one. Weis, who was suppose to be a offensive genius, has struggled the past 2 years and now finds himself in a pressure situation. With the schedule and talent the Irish is bringing back, anything less than 9 wins is unacceptable. If Weis can’t get it done this year, he never will.
2) Randy Shannon – Miami
The start of the season is brutal for the Hurricanes as they start at FSU, at home against Georgia Tech , at Virginia Tech, and finish that off with Oklahoma at home. If Miami can make it out of that stretch 2-2, Shannon will be fine. If he is 1-3 or 0-4 the fans will be rumbling.
3) Al Groh – Virginia
It seems like every year Groh is on the hot seat, but some how he finds a way to save his job. The fans in Virginia are getting restless and with the ACC improving, Groh has to at least make a bowl if he wants to keep his job. I think its time for Groh and Virginia to part ways.
4) Steve Kragthorpe – Louisville
What a disappointment Kragthorpe has been since leaving Tulsa for the Louisville job. He has not lived up to the billing he came to Louisville with. With back to back 5-7 seasons, Kragthorpe has to get to a bowl game this year or he is gone.
5) Steve Spurrier – South Carolina
Never thought I would have to put Spurrier on this list, but he hasn’t gotten the Gamecocks to even sniff the SEC Championship. The NFL Draft showed me that he has brought in talent on defense but his offense has not caught up yet. With Georgia expecting a down year and Tennessee not even in the equation, the Gamecocks should finish 2nd in the East and should be in the mix for New Year’s Day bowl. If not, Spurrier will be home rethinking if coming back was a good idea.