The FBS college football landscape is brutal on head coaches, with most programs demanding instant results from their HCs and rarely settling for more than one "rebuilding" year in a row. However, these next five coaches may be the most deserving of such scrutiny/criticism based on their job performances in 2015. Here's our list of the 5 College Football Coaches Who Have Been Total Disasters In 2015.
Charlie Strong -- Texas Longhorns
Charlie Strong didn't inherit a great situation as the Longhorns don't have a lot of upperclassmen producing on the field, but that doesn't mean Texas should be this bad. The offense, even with the switch to Jerrod Heard at quarterback, has been one of the worst in the country, and the defense - Strong's specialty - has been frustratingly inconsistent all year long. One could point to the team's wins over Oklahoma and Kansas State as progress, but this past week's 24-0 loss to Iowa State underscores just how far backwards this program has gone under Strong's watch.
Butch Jones -- Tennessee Volunteers
Vols fans remain loyal in large part to Jones even though Derek Dooley was run out of town for a 15-21 record that's just marginally worse than Jones' 16-17 mark through the better part of three seasons. This team was supposed to be an SEC East contender this year. Instead they're 4-4 and forced to scrap for middle-tier bowl positioning. The culture of the program may be headed in the right direction, but the on-field product hasn't shown the effects quite yet.
Gus Malzahn -- Auburn Tigers
This is the second straight year of undeniable underachievement for Auburn under Malzahn, raising questions as to just how safe his job really is. The offense has been spotty, and the complete failure of the defense to maintain momentum under new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is perplexing. How does a team this talented go from legit national title contender to middle-level SEC team in such drastic fashion? It may not be all Malzahn's fault, but he's the one that has to be held most accountable.
Mark Helfrich -- Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks are out of the Top 25 for the first extended period in what feels like forever. That's what a 62-20 midseason blowout at home to Utah will get you. Helfrich has been unable to navigate the post-Marcus Mariota waters in effective fashion, but the real problem has been just how dead the defense has looked late in games. It's up to Helfrich to turn that around with a tweak to conditioning, but that hasn't happened as of yet.
Mike Riley -- Nebraska Cornhuskers
Riley has taken a program which won nine to ten games like clockwork under Bo Pelini several steps backwards in a 3-6 campaign which will take an unlikely season-ending winning streak just to scrape by with bowl eligibility. Five of the Huskers' six losses came by a combined 13 points -- a dizzying array of late-game heartbreaks that are too great in number to write off as bad luck. The other was an inexcusable loss to a bottom-feeding Purdue team that was much worse than the 55-45 scoreline would indicate. Riley's laid-back West Coast demeanor isn't catching on in Lincoln, and that's a direct result of just how far south this season has gone in such a short time.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed