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College Football’s Top 10 Hot Seats for 2011

Coaches have foggy futures for different reasons - poor results, NCAA investigations, shaky behavior. Thanks to those reasons, here’s a look at 10 whose jobs already are in danger before they have coached a game this fall.

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Note: Rankings based on performance, pressure from fan base and administration and job security

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Preseason 2011 College Football Hot Seats

RK NAME 2010 REC COMMENT
1 Chip Kelly 12-1 If you had told us Chip Kelly would be on the hottest seat in the country entering this fall, we’d have said you were crazier than Les Miles. But with a massive scandal over Eugene and a possible smoking gun leading back to him, Kelly might not even make it to the opener.
2 Mike Locksley 1-11 It’s a major upset that Locksley isn’t atop this list. Consider his resume: Alleged sexual harassment, fisticuffs with an assistant coach, altercation with a student reporter and a 2-22 record. Can it get any worse? We wouldn’t put anything past Locksley at this point.
3 Paul Wulff 2-10 We guess it literally could get worse for WSU. But Wulff better hope it gets better ... quick. The Cougars are 5-32 in the coach’s three seasons. That’s sandwiching two, two-win seasons around a campaign with a lone victory. Don’t look into it any further. Wulff needs to win now.
4 Rick Neuheisel 4-8 Neuheisel looks like a joke for declaring USC’s football monopoly in L.A. over upon his arrival. He has gone 15-22 since taking over the Bruins. And USC? The Trojans are still L.A.‘s team while on probation; don’t expect the Bruins to pass them this fall either.
5 Dabo Swinney 6-7 Sure, Swinney won nine games in 2009, but the Tigers were expected to compete for an ACC title last year with senior QB Kyle Parker and a D-line laden with NFL draft picks. Instead, Clemson was below .500. Another losing season won’t be accepted in Death Valley.
6 Mark Richt 6-7 It has been downhill for Richt since Georgia was the preseason No. 1 in 2008. They went a disappointing 10-3. Last year, the Bulldogs started the season 1-4 and lost to UCF in a bowl game. Expectations are high for this fall and must be met - or else.
7 Bob Toledo 4-8 Holy Toledo, Bob’s tenure has been bad. Bad puns aside, Toledo came in with high expectations after nearly winning a national title at UCLA in 1998. He has yet to win more than four games in any of his four seasons in New Orleans. Don’t expect that to change.
8 David Bailiff 4-8 His 10-win season in 2008 earned him a five-year contract extension in January 2009. But his success was with Todd Graham’s players. Since then? A combined six wins. In the tough C-USA West, it doesn’t look good.
9 Neil Callaway 4-8 Callaway has yet to record a winning season at UAB, but at least his win total was getting progressively better, topping out at five in 2009. What happened in 2010? He took a step backward to four wins. Another step back and he’ll be on his way out.
10 Houston Nutt 4-8 Did you know it had been 50 years since Ole Miss had won consecutive Cotton Bowls? 50! Nutt does. But four wins and the failed Jeremiah Masoli experiment last fall has him feeling the pressure, especially with Ole Miss expected to finish last in the SEC West.
 
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