Charlie Weis is Gone: Who is Next?

Charlie Weis is Gone: Who is Next?
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    College football coaches get hired and they get fired.

    Often, they’ll get hired again, but if they do not succeed in their roles, then they’re just as likely to get fired again.


Charlie Weis found out this week that his most recent head coaching position at the University of Kansas had been terminated, just four games in to his third season with the Jayhawks. Weis, who has worked on the college or professional level since 1985, had previously served as the head coach at Notre Dame from 2005 to 2009. His head coaching record now stands at 41 wins, 49 losses — chances are he’ll find another position somewhere soon.

With Weis gone, there are a handful of other college coaches that may not survive the season. On the FBS or Division 1-A level, there are 128 schools participating. In any given year coaches are terminated, usually for a losing record, but in some cases for not delivering an expected conference championship. Such are the expectations of coaches wherever prestige, wins and money are involved. Especially money.

Brady Hoke, Michigan

Hoke’s tenure at the University of Michigan will soon come to an end. If not in October, then definitely by the end of November as the Wolverines miss out on bowl action.

Michigan faithful had high expectations of the Wolverines this year, who were expected to finish near the top of the Big Ten, but currently are showing no signs of greatness. Brady Hoke was criticized on Sat. for his quarterback decision making, including making light of an injury to his sophomore signal caller, Shane Morris.

At 2-3, Hoke says that Michigan is still in the hunt for the Big Ten Conference championship. In reality, a loss this weekend to Rutgers would dash those hopes and could very well end Hoke’s tenure on the spot.

Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Mountaineer fans have maintained their high expectations since West Virginia left the Big East Conference for the Big 12 Conference in time for the 2012 season. Fresh off of an Orange Bowl rout against Clemson, the Mountaineers struggled that first year in a new conference, but managed to get to the Pinstripe Bowl where they were hammered by former conference foe, Syracuse, 38 to 14.

The second season in the Big 12, West Virginia was clearly overmatched and finished in seventh place, sporting a 4-8 won-loss record. Missing out on a bowl game did not sit well with the fans and with the Mountaineers currently at 2-2, they’re going have to find four more wins to assure a bowl berth.

Win No. 3 should come this Sat. against Kansas, but the schedule grows tougher after that. Coach Dana Holgorsen is gone if West Virginia is not in the bowl picture again this year. His exit may come in Nov. if the Mountaineers lose three or four games in a row.

Norm Chow, Hawaii

Hawaii fans may not be as impatient as Michigan and West Virginia fans, but losing is never good. Last year, the Rainbow Warriors lost their first 11 games before pulling out a win at home against Army. That followed a 3-9 season the year before, Chow’s first as Hawaii’s head coach.

The Warriors are 1-3 this year with its lone win over an FCS school, Northern Iowa. A few of its upcoming opponents are having down years including UNLV and San Jose State. It is hard to see Hawaii finishing better than 3-9 this year nor will it likely stay with Norm Chow unless he suddenly corrects the listing Warriors ship.

Nick Saban, Alabama

Only in the SEC can an 11-2 record put you on the coaching hot seat. Cries for Nick Saban to leave Alabama rose following a devastating loss to Auburn last year that cost the Tide its national championship aspirations. Those cries grew louder after heavily-favored Alabama was clobbered by Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, 45 to 31.

Tide faithful expect nothing less than greatness. Saban has brought three national championships to Tuscaloosa, but that isn’t enough for some. Currently, Alabama is No. 3 in the AP Top 25, but it has the top spot in the USA Today Poll. The Tide has five games against top-ranked opponents coming up and two games on the road against Arkansas and Tennessee that are not assured. If Saban finishes the regular season with three losses, he may leave Alabama and see his $6.9 million annual salary vanish with it.

Winning, Losing and Firing

The reason why some coaches get fired are obvious — they lose or simply fell short of expectations. Another factor is recruiting — high school players are often dazzled by football greatness and want to be associated with a winning program.

Keep a “loser” coach on your payroll too long and those recruits will look elsewhere, hastening a program’s demise and costing the university tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue. Yes, it is about the money.

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