Coaching Hot Seat Rankings - MAC
Ball State head coach Stan Parrish
Ball State head coach Stan Parrish
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Which coaches are on the hottest seats? Beyond just the idea of a coach possibly being fired for not winning, the rankings are also based on who's under the most pressure. Ranking all the MAC coaches and how much pressure they're under.

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By Pete Fiutak  

A hot seat isn't always what the media makes it out to be. When a coach is on the proverbial hot seat, usually it means he needs to win now or he'll be fired, but it could also mean a lot more. It could mean a coach needs to start winning because he's under pressure (Mark Richt), but isn't under real threat of being fired. It could mean he's winning, but is in an impossible situation and can't afford a slip (Jim Tressel after last year's loss to Purdue). Or it could mean he needs to win big just because he does (Urban Meyer).

So keeping in mind that for this, Hot Seat doesn't necessarily mean win-or-get-fired and it's more about who's under a lot of pressure (and yeah, in some cases it is a win-or-else situation), here's the ranking of the all 120 coaches and where they fit in on the warm butt scale.

Ranked from highest to lowest on the pressure scale

Stan Parrish, Ball State
While he didn't get much of a break with the loss of some key players, Parrish took over a team that was the best in the MAC (even with the title game loss to Buffalo) in 2009 and was a part of a disaster in 2010.
Status: Parrish was a stopgap after Brady Hoke left for San Diego State. Anything less than a winning season will bring a change.

Dan Enos, Central Michigan
All Enos has to do is come in and lead the program to a MAC title. No pressure there. Butch Jones was able to step in for Brian Kelly and get the job done, and now it'll be up to Enos to keep the new power up to MAC snuff … but without Dan LeFevour.
Status: There will be a little bit of a grace period considering the loss of LeFevour and the star receivers, but there can't be a huge drop-off for a program suddenly used to winning big.

Doug Martin, Kent State
Despite not having one winning season in his six years, Martin continues to hang on to the job mostly because he's close. Despite injuries and some major personnel changes (at times), his teams haven't been horrible over the last few seasons.
Status: Low attendance and no recent tradition of winning makes Kent State a tough gig, but Martin had better win this year or else.

Ron English, Eastern Michigan
0-12. Eastern Michigan might be one of the toughest turnaround programs in the country right now, but with Central Michigan having so much success and Western Michigan doing a decent job, EMU needs to finally get out of the doldrums. A winless 2009 didn't help.
Status: Call it a process. English needs to completely rebuild, and while he can probably go 0-12 again and still have one more year, there needs to be some improvement.

Bill Cubit, Western Michigan
Cubit's teams have been competitive and have gone to two bowl games in the last four seasons, but two 5-7 seasons in the last three have been extremely disappointing. Being in the same division as Central Michigan has been a problem.
Status: While the hot seat isn't flaming, he can't afford a disastrous season. 5-7 keeps him around, but 4-8 might make 2011 a do-or-die year.

Mike Haywood, Miami University
The program was supposed to be a lot better over the last few years, but no offensive line and underwhelming defensive production have been problems. Haywood's 1-11 debut wasn't pretty, but he'll get time to turn things around.
Status: The former Notre Dame offensive coordinator will get time to put his pieces in place, so there isn't much of a concern if there's another disastrous season. He'll get two more years before the pressure mounts.

Jeff Quinn, Buffalo
Turner Gill took Buffalo from the depths of the D-I/FBS ranks to the MAC title. It might have been a mirage/perfect storm season, but it was still special. Quinn not only has to try to replace Gill, but he has to try to make the program a consistent winner.
Status: It's Buffalo, so there will be a lot of patience as long as the team isn't abysmal. If nothing else, Quinn has bowl coaching experience leading Central Michigan to the 2006 Motor City Bowl (after Brian Kelly left for Cincinnati) and the 2010 Sugar Bowl (after Kelly bolted for Notre Dame).

Rob Ianello, Akron
Akron has a new stadium and good potential, but it needs a spark after J.D. Brookhart wasn't able to capitalize on a MAC title in 2005. Akron hasn't had a winning season in four years, so Ianello will get time.
Status: A well-respected assistant for several years at places like Wisconsin, Alabama, and Notre Dame, Ianello is finally getting his shot. He'll be the X factor of recently hired MAC coaches.

Tim Beckman, Toledo
Beckman's first year at Toledo was a lot like the end for Tom Amstutz; a lot of fireworks but little to show for it. He has a loaded team this season and there's no excuse to not come up with a winning season.
Status: If his team plays up to its potential, Beckman won't have any problems. A rebuilding job needed to be done, so he'll get at least a year of grace period.

Dave Clawson, Bowling Green
All Clawson did in his first year was create one of college football's most dangerous passing games that made Freddie Barnes the NCAA's single-season record holder for catches in a season. He has to replace his star receiver, along with QB Tyler Sheehan, so he has to show he can reload.
Status: Bowling Green came up with a winning season and a bowl game; that'll buy him a few years of time. The former Tennessee offensive coordinator and star head coach at Richmond will be a hot prospect with one more good year.

Jerry Kill, Northern Illinois
The pressure is on for Kill to get NIU over the top with a team that should be as good as any in the MAC, but he's also about as safe as any coach in the league can be. The two-time D-IAA Coach of the Year and the 2004 Eddie Robinson Award winner would need to fall flat on his face to get canned.
Status: Safe. If NIU ever let him go, he'd be snapped up by someone, either a low-level FBS or a high-powered FCS team, in a heartbeat.

Frank Solich, Ohio
Solich survived an early off-the-field problem (a DUI charge) and has led Ohio to two MAC East titles and two bowl appearances in the last four seasons. His teams haven't been all that great, but he has a 32-31 record in five years.
Status: The 2009 MAC East title bought him at least two years. It would take something truly embarrassing on the field to get him booted.

Al Golden, Temple
He made Temple into a great MAC program with the potential to be the best in the league this year by far. It has been one of the most special coaching jobs done in the last 20 years, if ever.
Status: He's there for as long as he wants to be … or at least until Penn State comes calling.