2013 Big East Coaches
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6. Matt Rhule, Temple
Career Record: 0-0
Most of his coaching experience came at Temple, and at just 38 he’ll get a chance to grow into the job. A good offensive coordinator and strong line coach, he should be able to get the Owls to pound away with the running game, but he’ll have to prove that he can coax wins out of a MAC team playing in the Big East. Steve Addazio couldn’t do that last season.
Hot Seat Status: None. Remember, it’s not like Addazio and Al Golden actually won anything big. He can handle a few rough years as long as he finds something that works offensively.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within five years. Temple is a stepping-stone job. Either he’ll be solid and he’ll move on – possible as a higher-profile NFL assistant – or Temple will continue to be Temple and it won’t work out.
7. June Jones, SMU
Career Record: 107-75
It’s not like he took over SMU 25 years ago, but he helped revitalize the program going from 1-11 in 2008 for four straight bowl appearances. While he hasn’t created another Hawaii in terms of the passing game, and his 2007 Warrior team came up with one of the biggest clunkers Sugar Bowl performances in the BCS era, he’s an elite post-season coach going 7-3 including a blasting of a good Fresno State team in last year’s Hawaii Bowl. SMU exactly what it paid for.
Hot Seat Status: None. He has done a terrific job with the Mustangs and isn’t going anywhere now that the program has stepped up to the Big East.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In just over five years. He’s going strong but he just turned 60. He’s not taking another job, and SMU won’t be looking to make a chance any time soon.
8. Tony Levine, Houston
Career Record: 6-7
The former Minnesota wide receiver knows offenses and passing games, but he was mostly a special teams coach throughout his career before taking over the Houston head coaching gig. While he was able to step in for Kevin Sumlin and destroy Penn State in the last bowl game the Nittany Lions will see for a long, long time, he started out the rebuilding job last season with a disappointing loss to Texas State on the way to a rough 5-7 season.
Hot Seat Status: Heating up. Houston isn’t a power program in terms of high expectations, but after the success of the Sumlin era, and with the move to the Big East, Levine has to start going to bowl games.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within three years. Either this will work and the offense will start to roll again, meaning he’s likely stepping up, or it won’t work and the program will move on.
9. George O’Leary, UCF
Career Record: 112-88
It’s a shame that he never got a chance to show what he could do at Notre Dame – the résumé fiasco now seems embarrassingly tame compared to some of the other scandals the school has dealt with under the current regime – but he carved out an extremely nice live at UCF. There are worse places to work than Orlando, and while the consistency hasn’t been there, he has managed to win four division titles and two conference championships in the eight seasons since going 0-11 in his inaugural campaign.
Hot Seat Status: None. After winning the Conference USA title and finishing it up with a bowl victory, he’s the one who helped make UCF into a program good enough to get into the Big East.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within three years. He’d be high on the list if he wasn’t going to turn 67 this August.
10. Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut
Career Record: 151-90-1
He wasn’t nearly as bad as he was made out to be at Syracuse winning 65% of his games with a few BCS appearances and just one losing season in his 14 years. However, he was out of the head coaching game for close to seven years and hasn’t been able to build on Randy Edsall’s success going 5-7 in each of the last two seasons. While he’s a whale of a defensive coach, his offenses can’t get going.
Hot Seat Status: Toasty. UConn wants to be invited to all the fun in the ACC, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea if the program started winning again. One more losing season will almost certainly mean a change.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within two years. Turning 64 this season, there might not be another head coaching job on the horizon, but he could certainly find a job as a defensive assistant in the NFL for the asking.