Every year around this time, CBS Sports senior college football columnist Dennis Dodd releases his coaches hot seat rankings. Right on schedule, he unveiled his list Monday afternoon, and the No. 1 comes to no surprise: Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.
From the column:
“Beckman probably sealed his fate after allegations of player abuse surfaced,” Dodd wrote. “The Illini did make a bowl in Beckman’s third season, and the former Toledo coach is 4-20 in the Big Ten. Clearly he wasn’t ready for the step up in competition in the Big Ten. If an external investigation clears Beckman he’ll need another bowl season — seven wins, at least — to keep his job.”
In case you missed it, I posted my own edition of hot seat rankings (albeit, of the “way too early” type), and Beckman ranked No. 13 on the list. This was, of course, right after Illinois made an unexpected run to a bowl game, and before those unfortunate reports of player abuse came forward.
Shockingly, Dodd doesn’t have Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden on his list of names on fire. Golden, who is 28-22 with the school, is in an obvious win-or-be-fired situation after posting his worst record (6-7) since his first season with the team in 2011 (6-6). He was given a “3” rating, which means he’s “starting to feel the pressure.”
Instead, coaches such as Mike MacIntyre (Colorado), Trent Miles (Georgia State), Norm Chow (Hawaii), and Paul Haynes (Kent State), among others, fill the space.
You can see where your team’s coach fits in by checking out the full rankings here.