2013 MAC Coaches
The Building Factor, Part 2
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Coach You Want To Build Around - Part
8. Terry Bowden, Akron
Career Record: 141-73-2
The first season didn’t exactly go so well, especially considering he went 11-0 in his first year at Auburn and 11-2 at North Alabama, but it’s going to take a little while. The offense worked and the team was better than 1-11 with no wins over anyone in the FBS, but he’s got a lot to prove and a lot he’d like to show off as he tries to make one last run to a bigger job. At 57, time is running out on trying to get back in the BCS, but he’s still an accomplished coach who should first to a decent job with the Zips.
Hot Seat Status: None. Akron has wanted to do more after winning the MAC title in 2005, but the program has suffered seven straight losing seasons since. He’ll get several years to show what he can do.
The Coaching Change Will Come … in a long, long time. Bowden will do a decent job with the program making it the new Ohio and he’ll be the new Frank Solich. The former Akron assistant will eventually restore the glory.
9. Don Treadwell, Miami University
Career Record: 8-16
The former RedHawk wide receiver is trying to make the program a consistent factor in the MAC, and he might not be far off. The former offensive coordinator under Mark Dantonio at both Cincinnati and Michigan State gets the attack rolling with the midrange passing game, but it’s not doing anything for the running game and his offensive lines have struggled during two straight 4-8 seasons. Turning 54 in June, this is a make-or-break season for him.
Hot Seat Status: Turning up. He’ll get one more year to show what he can do and try turning things around, but the pressure will be turned up in 2014 if he comes up with another 4-8 effort.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within three years. Like almost all MAC coaches, this is either a step or it’s going to send him back into the coordinator world. With ties to Cincinnati and Michigan State, if he’s a success over the next few years at MU, he could eventually take over either one.
10. Charley Molnar, Massachusetts
Career Record: 1-11
The former Notre Dame offensive coordinator was a career assistant who bounced around before finally getting a shot to show what he could do taking over a program of his own. It’s going to be a massive job to make UMass any sort of a factor on the FBS level, but unlike most in the MAC, it’s a big state school with a world of upside – there’s a bit of a sleeping giant factor here. He’s known for cranking up high octane offenses, but it’s going to be a process.
Hot Seat Status: Absolute zero. He can struggle for the next three years and there will still be the understanding that it’s a building process.
The Coaching Change Will Come … in more than five years. Yeah, the program can stink for another few seasons, but not that long. UMass has Big East potential, or at least Conference USA, but that will only come if the football program starts to work.
11. Dan Enos, Central Michigan
Career Record: 13-24
He was dealt a nasty hand. Central Michigan had turned into a MAC superpower under Brian Kelly and Butch Jones, but the program needed a massive rebuilding job. The quarterback and running back coach at Michigan State, and the former Spartan quarterback, is turning 45 this summer and is starting to show something positive with a 7-6 2012 season and a bowl win. However, the great record was helped by a ridiculously easy second half schedule.
Hot Seat Status: Warm. The winning season and winning five of the last six games bought him at least another season, but there was a point in mid-October when he was 8-23 and almost certain to be done.
The Coaching Change Will Come … next year. There isn’t the mega-scheduling break in 2013 like the program got in 2012.
12. Jeff Quinn, Buffalo
Career Record: 9-27
An offensive coach by nature, serving as the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati before taking over the Bulls, it’s been his defenses that have starred over the last few seasons. There have been just enough top talents coming in to think a turnaround is coming, but it hasn’t happened yet. While the progress has been going up going from two to three to four wins, the losing seasons are mounting.
Hot Seat Status: Hot. It’s Buffalo, and while the MAC title under Turner Gill was an aberration, there’s not a ton of pressure. However, he has to show that there’s hope for consistent winning in the near future.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within two years. About to be 51, this is a make-or-break season for his career. He hasn’t been able to come up with a Gill and turn one big season into a BCS gig, but if this doesn’t work, he’ll instantly get a coordinator job.
13. Frank Solich, Ohio
Career Record: 117-63
The second act has worked out extremely well. He wasn’t nearly as bad at Nebraska as everyone made it seem at the time – there was too much freaking out over going 7-7 the year after getting blasted by Miami in the national championship – and he has been fantastic at Ohio. The Bobcats have become the East’s most consistent power with three titles, and while there haven’t been any MAC championship, five bowl appearances in eight years and four straight trips into the post-season have been terrific.
Hot Seat Status: None. He’ll be able to stick around for another few years if he wants to.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In three years. He’s turning 69 this season, and while there aren’t any signs of slowing down, he’s getting up there.
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