College Football Hot Seat: Pac 12 – Can Herm Edwards Make It Through The Season?

Herm Edwards clearly has the hottest seat. Who is next?

USC and UCLA are leaving. Other PAC 12 schools are looking for other conferences to join. If the schools are looking to the PAC 12, it’s reasonable to consider its top coaches are looking elsewhere too.


Herm Edwards – Arizona State Sun Devils
Frankly, we are surprised he’s still here. This was an interesting hire that has gone worse than anticipated. The record at 25-18 is okay, but not enough to overcome the off the field issues.


David Shaw – Stanford Cardinal
Just a few seasons ago, Shaw could’ve had about anyone job he wanted. He even had calls from the NFL. Now, Shaw’s last 3 seasons include records of 4-8 and 3-9.

Chip Kelly – UCLA Bruins
Last season’s 8-4 record may have cooled the seat some. But, even with some success in 2021, Kelly’s record at UCLA is 18-25

Jeff Fisch – Arizona Wildcats
He’s only heading into year 2, but last season was rough at 1-11. Everyone understands this was a long-term fix but steady improvement will need to be shown.


Justin Wilcox – California Golden Bears
It’s been an interesting ride for Wilcox. His first five seasons at Cal have resulted in two winning seasons and an overall record of 26-28. That would lead to a warm seat for most. Yet, he passed on an opportunity to take over at Oregon.

Jonathan Smith – Oregon State Beavers
2022 will be Smith’s fifth season leading Oregon State. An overall record of 16-28 isn’t great, but last season’s 7-6 showed things may be heading in the right direction.

Jake Dickert – Washington State Cougars
He’s heading into his first full season after leading the Cougars as the interim head coach. It won’t be easy to meet the standard set by Mike Leach.

Karl Dorrell – Colorado Buffaloes
There isn’t much momentum at Colorado under Dorrell. That will need to change before his seat gets warmer.

Kalen DeBoer – Washington Huskies
Things have slipped quickly at Washington. DeBoer should get 3-4 years to turn things back in the right direction.

Dan Lanning – Oregon Ducks
Oregon had to go further down the list than expected and hired Lanning. The bar is high at Oregon. The offseason and recruiting are going well. Will Lanning be able to keep it going through the season?


Lincoln Riley – USC Trojans
He already did name his price. Now he’ll have to earn that hefty contract on the field after a successful run at Oklahoma.

Kyle Whittingham – Utah Utes
He’s turned down bigger programs and bigger paychecks. He seems to want to retire a Ute. Will changes in the conference cause him to look elsewhere?

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