And if you have added a dismal loss or two it can be downright nasty in your neighborhood. There's no one in the SEC or ACC in this club, yet. Here are the five guys who I think are in trouble unless things change dramatically and quickly.
Greg Robinson, Syracuse ----- The only question in upstate New York is whether or not it makes any sense to let this failed experiment continue through the season. Robinson entered the 2008 campaign with a putrid record of 7-28 after three seasons, and it's getting worse. The ‘Cuse opened the season with a 30-10 loss to Northwestern and followed that up with a 42-28 setback to Akron. This weekend they might lose to Penn State by 50. Look for Robinson to be the first to go.
Tyrone Willingham, Washington ----- The Huskies are as bad in year four of his tenure as Notre Dame became with Willingham in charge. The Huskies got screwed by that unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the reality is they are 0-2 this year and 13-27 after 40 games of Willingham's leadership. They'll get clobbered by Oklahoma this week and his long term forecast is gloomier than Seattle's wintry weather.
Tommy West, Memphis ----- You won't see his name on many lists, but I gotta ask why not? West is a proven commodity… mediocre everywhere he's been. Memphis entered the season 41-44-1 in seven years under West and opened this campaign with consecutive losses to Ole Miss (41-24) and Rice (542-35). He's in a city of a million people. He's on the edges of the SEC and there's no excuse for being mediocre. He's the Dean of coaches in Conference USA. I guess some Deanships are easier to attain than others.
Dave Wannstedt, Pittsburgh ----- It's only his fourth year, but progress is hard to see for the former NFL head coach. They entered the season nationally ranked with a lot of players back, but the good will earned by beating West Virginia at the end of last season disappeared with a season opening loss to Bowling Green. Pitt beat traditional power Buffalo in week two, but they need to deal with six road games ahead.
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa ----- His overall record of 61-49 isn't bad, but the Iowa program appears to have hit a wall while the coach is one of the top highest paid in the business. Iowa has managed just a 19-18 record in the last three seasons and two easy wins to open this season isn't going to placate Hawkeyes' supporters. Ferentz faces state rival Iowa State this week before a losing coach takes a bunch of crap game against Pittsburgh a week form Saturday. Still, anything short of a 9-3 campaign might get folks in Iowa wondering why they are paying limousine prices for a sub compact program.
So those are five coaches who really need things to get better in a hurry, though for the first two it's probably already too late.
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