College football programs don’t fire coaches as often as what takes place in the National Football League, but it does happen every year. There are a number of head coaches in risk of losing their jobs if their teams don’t turn it around.
Here are five coaches on the hot seat as Week 7 of the college football season begins.
1. Scott Frost: Nebraska
It’s hard to really describe the hype and excitement that was felt in Lincoln, Nebraska when Scott Frost took the head coaching job. Frost had just led UCF to an undefeated season and he was hailed as the savior for the Cornhuskers program.
Things have not worked out the way for Frost, and patience is starting to wear thin. The 2021 season started off with an embarrassing loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini, and Nebraska continues to struggle against the best teams in the Big Ten Conference.
The fact that he is an alum might buy Frost some additional time, but that seat is definitely getting warmer.
2. Ed Orgeron: LSU
It’s hard to believe that Orgeron is on this list as he just led LSU to a National Championship two seasons ago. Life without Joe Burrow hasn’t been so kind to Orgeron and it appears that the LSU program is starting to head in the wrong direction.
The SEC has been known to fire coaches in a hurry, and Orgeron could be on that same path. LSU is going to need to pick up some wins to wrap up the season or Orgeron might be sent packing.
3. Manny Diaz: Miami
Manny Diaz has gone just 16-13 during his time in Miami, and that’s simply not good enough as the leader of the Hurricanes. Miami has continued to get embarrassed by some of the best college football programs in the country, and that won’t help out either.
Out of all of the coaches on this list, Diaz appears to be the one that is going to get canned after the season. When former players are calling for your firing, it never ends well.
4. Mike Norvell: Florida State
Mike Norvell might be on the verge of saving his job, but Florida State is still just 2-4 on the year. The once might Seminoles can’t even be counted on to beat FCS teams anymore, but this is also a program that needs some stability.
Keeping Norvell for at least one more year is the right move in Tallahassee, but this is also a school that is yearning for more success on the football field.
5. Justin Fuente: Virginia Tech
Justin Fuente has a buyout of $7.5 million, and that might be the only reason that he is able to survive this season. The Virginia Tech Hokies could finish under the .500 mark again this season, and that would be the third time in four seasons that it happens.
This program was once a perennial contender in the ACC, but now the Hokies are simply struggling to make it to a bowl game.