The 2018 season will be key for several coaches on the “HOT SEAT”. We have a list of the coaches who need to make major improvements in order to keep their jobs.

DAVID BEATY, KANSAS.  How much longer will the Kansas brass support Beaty? He is 3-33 overall and 1-32 against FBS teams. Production on both sides of the football are terrible.

LOVIE SMITH, ILLINOIS. Lovie Smith hasn’t made the type of progress Illinois football fans expected when he was hired two seasons ago. Illinois was young in 2017, but patience is running out in Champaign.

LARRY FEDORA, NORTH CAROLINA. North Carolina has had a losing record in two of the last four seasons, including a 3-9 mark last year. Year seven is key for Fedora.

CLAY HELTON, USC. Helton has a 21-6 record at USC, but many on the inside aren’t convinced he is the right guy for the job. 2017 was a solid season, but many don’t believe the Trojans can compete with college football’s elite (Look at games last year against Notre Dame and Ohio State).

BOB DAVIE, NEW MEXICO. It looked like Davie was the answer for the Lobos….until last season. New Mexico slumped to 1-7 in the MW and 3-9 overall. A 30-game suspension for Davie didn’t help his cause.

KLIFF KINGSBURY, TEXAS TECH. Tech showed improvement in 2017, but there will be more pressure on Kingsbury to do much more in 2018, especially in the Big 12. Tech is only 16-29 under Kingsbury in conference play.

PAUL JOHNSON, GEORGIA TECH. Johnson signed a two-year extension in the off-season, but the Yellow Jackets haven’t improved much under Johnson. They are 17-19 overall and 9-15 in conference play over the last three seasons.

DEREK MASON, VANDERBILT. Coach Mason led the Commodores to a bowl game in 2016 and have beaten Tennessee in consecutive seasons, but Vanderbilt is 18-31 overall and 6-26 in the conference over four seasons.

MIKE JINKS, BOWLING GREEN. The Falcons won 9+ games from 2012-15 and won three MAC East titles. Things were much different in 2017….2-10 record and a defense that allowed 500+ per game.

SCOTTIE MONTGOMERY, EAST CAROLINA. The Pirates have won only three games each season under Montgomery. Their defense is very bad…last in the country in total defense and scoring defense in 2017.