The new college football season is only three weeks old, but there are a number of coaches who will be coaching for their jobs over the next couple of months. Many of these guys started the season on the hot seat and haven't done anything to take themselves off, while others find their way here after some disappointing losses this season. Here are the five Power 5 conference coaches that are already on the hot seat:
5) Mike Riley, Nebraska Cornhuskers
Why is Riley here? Following Nebraska's 21-17 home loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday, Huskers fans are starting to whisper about his job security. They're now just 1-2 on the season, bringing up memories of Riley being on the hot seat in 2015 when he won just five games. Take away the 7-0 start to 2016 (in which all wins came against much lesser competition), and Nebraska is just 8-13 under Riley.
This a bit of a rebuilding year but fans in Lincoln demand success. Another losing season and Riley could be gone.
4) Brian Kelly, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
After winning just four games last season, Kelly was nearly fired. Notre Dame decided to bring him back for another year, but if the Irish fail to make a bowl game - or just struggle in general again - he could be fired. A home loss to Georgia last weekend certainly didn't help his chances.
3) Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M Aggies
If you ask Texas A&M fans, they'll tell you that Sumlin should be No. 1 on this list. The Aggies need to compete in the SEC West for him to keep his job. Yes, the loss the UCLA was extremely disappointing, but a win over Alabama, LSU or Mississippi State would erase all of that.
That said, Sumlin also can't afford to lose to a lesser opponent. That happens and he may be out of a job later that night.
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2) Jim Mora, UCLA Bruins
Mora was supposed to UCLA back in the national title mix and it looked like he was going to lead them there. However, UCLA is trending in the wrong direction - 10 wins dropping to eight to four over the last two years. With a star quarterback in Josh Rosen, Mora has the talent to win big. He'll be gone if the Bruins don't reach eight or nine wins this year - and a loss to Memphis on Saturday doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
1) Butch Jones, Tennessee Volunteers
Following a crushing loss at Florida, Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones once again finds himself on the hottest seat. Jones improved his record each of his first three years in Knoxville before sticking at nine wins last year. The Vols were supposed to win the SEC East, but faltered down the stretch after a solid start. Another year of "close, but not quite" will ultimately result in Jones being fired and the loss to the Gators indicates Tennessee may be going down that path. It feels like he's one or two disappointing losses away from getting a pink slip midseason.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed