2008's Hot Seat

By Adam Caparell - November 28, 2007


Greg Robinson has yet to turn around Syracuse in his three season in upstate New York, posting an awful 7-28 record. And from the sound of Syracuse athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross, if Robinson doesn't show some marked improvement in 2008, the Orange will be looking for another man who hopefully can.

Gross delivered a statement Wednesday afternoon reasserting that Robinson was not in danger of losing his job this offseason after the Orange finished the year 2-10 following a lopsided loss to Cincinnati last weekend. But if Robinson comes close to duplicating his second 10 loss campaign, well, you can read between the lines.

"Next year Greg will have his third full class of players who are truly his own recruits, given the natural recruiting gaps that occur with coaching transitions," Gross said. "He also has a talented group of experienced returning players who will have had another year to more fully mature and develop."

To summarize Gross' words; Robinson's got the pieces, he's had enough time... how about winning some games?

"I'm not worried about my job. I'm never worried about my job," Robinson, the only Syracuse coach to lead the Orange to a 10 loss season, said earlier this week. "I just work every day. I go to work every day and do the very best I can do. I just worry about things I can control."

Robinson is one of many who will be in the proverbial hot seat next season. This year's coaching carousel won't stop until the spring, but why not dab into the speculation game a little early. Here's a look at some of the more notable coaches who are going to be on the hook next year to produce some wins and don't be surprised if the ax where to fall on them in the coming weeks or months.

Karl Dorrell, UCLA - Some feel he could be on his way out the door in a few weeks, if not after a loss to rival UCLA this Saturday. He's only posted more than seven wins once (2005) and if he survives this year, a year in which the Bruins did not live up to expectations, it's going to take a big year for him to survive 2008.

Dave Wannstedt, Pittsburgh - Wannstedt has brought in some stellar recruiting classes the past few years, the best in the Big East according to many, including CSTV's own Tom Lemming, but it has yet to translate on the field where the Panthers haven't reached a bowl game in his three seasons.

Ty Willingham, Washington - Maybe the nicest guy in all of college football can't catch a break wherever he goes. The once promising Huskies faded as the season wore on and will suffer yet another losing season under Willingham. He has just six conference wins in three seasons and has yet to duplicate the success he enjoyed at Stanford, his job prior to the ill-fated stint at Notre Dame.

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa - Ever since that co-Big Ten championship in 2004 it's been downhill for Ferentz. The Hawkeyes are just 19-18 since that 10-2 season and Ferentz is always rumored to be headed for another college job or a position in the NFL. Rumor has it he's in the running for the Michigan job, others seem to think he's not, but it could only be a matter of time before Iowa totally turns on him. Another 6-6 campaign in a down Big Ten could push those Hawkeyes supporters over the edge.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:03 PM on November 28, 2007
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