College Football Hot Seat Watch: Picking Up the Pieces at Arizona State, Nebraska and Who’s Next? –

Let it be known, officially, that the NCAA never gets its man. Already. Throughout history, the decaying NCAA law enforcement division has attempted to tag any major head coach at the top of a violating program with any type of significant punishment.

Herm Edwards might really have been their best bet, just as the NCAA announced they would soon be moving away from postseason bans, crushing what little authority their fake cops ever had. Edwards was fired on Sunday, but not for overseeing one of the most sloppy, brazen rule-breaking outfits in college sports — he just shouldn’t have lost to Eastern Michigan. He was fired for losing, like almost all coaches.

Edwards, an… “esoteric” NFL veteran, was hired by AD Ray Anderson, his former agent. The former head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs promised an NFL development program like college football had never seen. What we got was yet another mismanaged and underperforming Arizona State football chapter and a pile of rule violations, assistant coaches sacrificed to investigators and general mediocrity.

Before we can predict a real idea of ​​who the state of Arizona will sue, we need to know who will be in charge. Sources said Anderson dropped Edwards Now in mid-September in an attempt to salvage his own contract extension and save his job by landing a big new coach. Whether Anderson’s bosses let him or not remains to be seen, but the overwhelming consensus in college football circles is that he should absolutely not be trusted to fix the gaffes he created by tapping on Edwards first.

Arizona State remains, as usual, a story of potential, promise and little real achievement.

Related: Coaching Candidates to Replace Herm Edwards at Arizona State

When will Auburn fall?

This summer, I established a sort of party line for when Auburn would move on to beleaguered head coach Bryan Harsin: After the Tigers were physically beaten by Penn State in a 10-point loss, I predicted that Missouri’s fast offense would lead the Harsin era right out of Jordan-Hare the following week.

I was absolutely right about Penn State, but unless Missouri completely humiliates the Tigers this week, I bet Oct. 8 against Georgia will be Harsin’s last game as head coach. . Missouri and LSU on Oct. 1 are technically winnable games for this list, but with the defending champions (and hated rivals) still a war machine, a Bulldogs blowout should serve as a logical endpoint to this incredibly bizarre chapter. . in Auburn.

Who would serve as interim for the Tigers? With former Boise assistants serving as coordinator and assistant head coach, it’s possible Auburn could appoint one of their own as interim head coach to finish out the season. Maybe associate head coach Zac Etheridge or running backs coach Carnell Williams could grab the nod.

The much bigger problem is then what? A snapshot of Auburn two months from now will look a lot like Auburn two years ago, when a reckless administration couldn’t stop warring reinforcement factions from rigging the hire, leading to the instant hire. of Harsin by former AD Allen Greene in the first place. Nothing has changed to prevent another wobbly move that brings us back here in a few years.

Why is Nebraska still shooting?

Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph doesn’t seem content to be some sort of hospice overseer for his alma mater’s transition. After the Cornhuskers were destroyed by Oklahoma 49-14, Joseph fired defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Nebraska’s defense was horrible before Scott Frost was fired after their loss to Georgia Southern, so sanity bets Joseph can bet making a change here and being able to claim any improvement down the line this season.

Is Joseph a legitimate candidate for the full-time position? Of course, as much as anyone else right now. Is it likely? Not really. But he’s a son of the country and currently controls the roster, so until a rumored favorite emerges, he’s the best bet. And a consolation prize could be an HC job at another opening.

Related: Coaching candidates to replace Scott Forst in Nebraska

Who’s next?

Here are three schools that suffered losses big enough on Saturday to start an internal movement to make a change

Colorado: Do you remember the strange 2020 season of Covid-19? Karl Dorrell certainly does, as he guided the Buffaloes to a 4-2 record following the departure of Mel Tucker. Since then, CU has cratered and Dorrell is 4-11. After a 49-7 blowout by Minnesota, it looks like the worst team in the Pac-12, and Dorrell owes something in the neighborhood of $8-11 million in buyouts if terminated. AD Rick George just released the dreaded “Declaration of Confidence” to Dorrell, so be warned.

Georgia Tech: It seems impossible that Geoff Collins can save Tech’s ACC season after being blown out by Ole Miss on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are non-existent, especially in attack. Collins is now 10-27 in Atlanta, but he’s likely to finish the season only because Tech AD Todd Stansbury will likely follow him out the door. If Collins is fired before January 1, he will be owed approximately $11.3 million, a large sum of money. That drops to around $7 million after the new year, but it seems crazy that Tech would wait that long.

North Texas: Mean Green and head coach Seth Littrell have a lot of respect for each other, which is why this long-term relationship could end gracefully. UNT was whipped by a moribund UNLV program last weekend, and they are unlikely to create the rebound season that the end of 2021 seemed to hint at. Now a milestone behind C-USA/US transition programs like UTSA and UAB, that marriage is likely over. If UNT moved now, they would only owe Littrell around $1.9 million, though that number could drop if they fired him at the end of the season or later. UNT aspires to Houston levels as they enter the United States, and it will be a job in demand.

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