SEC football coaches on the hot seat

It is no surprise that John L. Smith and Derek Dooley may be heading out the door at the end of this season. That was expected by most people that watch SEC football. However, could Gene Chizik of Auburn being out the door too? If that happens then I must admit that I did not see that coming down the pike.

I have tickets to the Little Rock Razorback games and it is sad that we lost both games this year on the last play of the game. Some have used this to say that we can not win in Little Rock and we should move the games. This is stupid logic. Actually I did attend the Arkansas game in Fayetteville against Alabama and that game ended 52-0. Also the Rutgers game in Fayetteville did not even come down to the last play.

Hopefully we will keep two games in Little Rock in the future, but most people are bracing for a reduction of games at some point in the future.

10 Coaches Who Could Be Bracing for Bad News

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer
October 23, 2012 (AP) 

The first firing of the college football season came Sunday. Idaho let go of Robb Akey in a move that was not unexpected.

With a little more than a month to go, there are other axes to fall. It’s safe to say Arkansas will not be signing up for another year of the John L. Smith experience.

Here are 10 more coaches who could be bracing for bad news.


— Gene Chizik, Auburn

Two years removed from a national championship, Chizik is in trouble. No team had ever started a season 1-6 two years after finishing No. 1 in the AP poll — until the Tigers. It’ll cost $7.5 million for Auburn to buyout Chizik as of Dec. 1, but if the Iron Bowl gets really ugly, money might not be an issue. “I’m the head coach at Auburn,” Chizik said. “It’s really not about me. It’s about everybody else, and everybody else’s expectations. I don’t take that lightly. I feel a very, very high sense of responsibility.”

— Jeff Tedford, California

The Bears’ 21-3 loss to archrival Stanford at their newly remodeled stadium (cost: $321 million) felt like the final blow. Tedford has been at Cal for 11 years and won 82 games. He’ll leave the program in far better shape than when he arrived, but it has slipped over the past few years.

— Frank Spaziani, Boston College

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FILE – In a Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 file photo, Auburn coach Gene Chizik watches from the sidelines in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Two years removed from a national championship, Chizik is in trouble. No team had ever started a season 1-6 two years removed from finishing No. 1 in the AP poll _ until the Tigers. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) Close

The Eagles have been moving backward in four years under the former longtime BC assistant. Boston College was 4-8 last year and is 1-6 this season, with its only victory coming against Maine. This seems a more a matter of when then if.

— Joker Phillips, Kentucky

Phillips is only in his third season as Rich Brooks’ successor, but each season has gotten worse. The Wildcats (1-7) have been hammered by injuries, but they are staring at a winless SEC season, and even at a basketball school, that’s hard abide.

— Derek Dooley, Tennessee

Dooley took over a program in disarray, following Lane Kiffin’s one-and-done in Knoxville. The Vols have improved, but there have been no big wins. Dooley is 0-14 against ranked opponents. A $5 million buyout might not stand in the way of AD Dave Hart, who did not hire Dooley.

— David Bailiff, Rice

Bailiff has had one winning season in six at Rice since taking over for Todd Graham, and is 2-6 this season, 0-4 in Conference USA. It’s a tough place to win, but other than that 10-3 season in 2008, Bailiff is 15-41.

— Mike Price, UTEP

Price is 66 years old, so retirement might be on his mind anyway. The Miners are 2-6, 1-3 in C-USA, and haven’t finished over .500 since his second season in El Paso, Texas, which was 2005.

— Dan Enos, Central Michigan

The former Michigan State quarterback is only in his third season at CMU, but this is a program that grew accustomed to being a Mid-American Conference contender under Brian Kelly and Butch Jones. Enos has only eight victories. The Chippewas are 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the league this season, though they did beat Iowa.

— Bobby Hauck, UNLV

Another guy only in his third season, but even at places such as UNLV, patience is thin these days. Hauck reached three national title games at Montana, so clearly he knows how to coach. But the Rebels are 1-7 and have won only five games total under Hauck.

— Doug Marrone, Syracuse

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