Tag:The Hot Seat
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:29 am

RichRod to meet with AD Tuesday afternoon

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Given all the speculation about Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh leaving the school for another job, possibly for the same position at his alma mater Michigan, you have to wonder if Rich Rodriguez tuned in to any of the Orange Bowl last night.  Maybe he was in his office with an empty box.  Every time Stanford scored, he put something in the box, preparing for the departure many people seem to think is a foregone conclusion at this point.

The only variable in the equation in the eyes of most has been when Rodriguez will be informed his services are no longer needed in Ann Arbor.  Well, that decision could come on Tuesday.  Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon on Tuesday afternoon.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will meet with embattled coach Rich Rodriguez early this afternoon to discuss his future with the Wolverines football program, according to two people with knowledge of the meetings.
It’s not the only meeting expected today.
Members of the football team will attend a 7 p.m. meeting tonight to learn the fate of their head coach.

Which, in my opinion, means that Rodriguez is going to get fired this afternoon.  I've long felt that were he to be fired, it wouldn't be until after the Orange Bowl since Harbaugh is likely going to be Michigan's top choice.  Even if reports say that Harbaugh's not as interested in the job as many thought he would be.

Should it not be Harbaugh, then the smart money would be on San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke.
Posted on: November 19, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 2:03 pm

Dennis Erickson will return in 2011

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson has found the seat he's on to be rather hot this season, as Erickson's Sun Devils are 4-6 on the season and 2-5 in Pac-10 play. Last month Erickson received a vote of confidence from ASU AD Lisa Love, and on Friday he got an even bigger indication from Love that he'll be back on the sidelines in 2011.

Love was on 620 KTAR in Arizona on Friday, and she put any rumors of Erickson being fired to rest.

"I still support Dennis Erickson," Love said. "You bet I do. You've got to allow someone to go through the entire process. I'm impressed, by the way, with the process, the recruiting roster, the level of talent and the stable of redshirts we now are able to have. As opposed to the last two years of playing true high school freshman. It's been rewarding to watch. 

"I can tell you it's grueling to climb. It is grueling in a conference that is getting even more challenging to climb. I am absolutely confident, and Dennis Erickson has been since the day he walked in the door, that we will soon be ‘popping' relative to our competitiveness in ASU football. I have faith that we are going exactly in that direction and I have faith in Dennis to get us there."

What about the rumors that Erickson is going to be fired?

"You can put those rumors to rest."

Erickson has been at Arizona State since 2007 when the Sun Devils went 10-3 and lost to Texas in the Holiday Bowl.  Since then, however, the Sun Devils have gone 13-21 and haven't been to a bowl game since.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:52 pm

Dennis Erickson gets dreaded vote of confidence

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In the middle of September, the Arizona State Sun Devils were 2-0 and nearly beat Wisconsin on the road to improve to 3-0, and there was some reason to be optimistic about the team this season.  Since then, however, things have started going downhill in conference play, where the Devils have lost three of the first four, including a 50-17 beatdown from Cal last week.

Which has led some at the school to wonder about the status of head coach Dennis Erickson.   Particularly if he'll be back running the program last season should things continue to head the direction they currently are.  Well, Erickson can either rest easy or start cleaning out his office, because Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love just gave him the dreaded vote of confidence.

"Yeah, I believe he will be (back)," Love told the Arizona Republic. "We have to evaluate at the end of the year, every year, but he's our guy. I've heard a lot of this talk about a hot seat. I think we have a football-wise fan base that are saying and understanding (that ASU's program is on the rise).

"I fully expect Dennis will be our football coach and my days are spent thinking about how to support this football program and get it to where we want it to be, which is a Rose Bowl-caliber program. And I believe we've got a guy who can get us there."

Notice how even in Love's vote of confidence she doesn't say that Erickson will be back, but that she believes he'll be back?  Yeah, I wouldn't take that as a good sign.  In other words, the Sun Devils may want to start winning some games, which is easier said than done.  While Arizona State still has two winnable games at home against Washington State and UCLA this season, they also have trips to USC and Arizona along with a home date against Stanford on the schedule.

Erickson had success in his first season at Arizona State, as the Sun Devils went 10-3 in 2007, but since then they've gone 12-19 are in danger of missing out on a bowl game for the third straight season.
Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:22 am

Firing Turner Gill won't be cheap

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's time to dump a bucket of ice-cold water over the heads of all those Kansas fans out there who would like to see Turner Gill fired following the season.  Sorry, folks, but it's not going to happen.  At least, not unless you all start one of the greatest fundraising campaigns in school history.  Why won't the school fire Gill this year?

Because it would cost them $8 million.

See, when Lew Perkins signed Gill to a five-year, $10 million deal before the season, he didn't include a buyout clause in the deal.  Why?  Who knows.  You would think that after the school was forced to pay Mark Mangino so much money after firing him, they might learn the value of the buyout clause, but apparently not.

Making matters worse, it's not like Kansas would have years to pay Gill the $8 million, it would have 90 days.

So get over it, Jayhawks fans.  Gill isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and nor should he be.  I know that Gill's first season in Lawrence has been an unmitigated disaster.  Aside from an upset over Georgia Tech that gets harder to comprehend ever week, the season has been a nightmare.

Still, I feel the need to remind you that this is Gill's first year.  It takes time to rebuild a program, and let's remember that it's not like the Jayhawks were in great shape when Gill got there, or else he wouldn't have been hired in the first place.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: October 8, 2010 11:26 am

Georgia AD worried about right now, not future

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As the weather gets cooler down in Athens, Georgia, the seat beneath Mark Richt only grows warmer.  Georgia is 1-4 on the season, and 0-3 in the SEC.  With each loss the questions about Richt's future at the school only grow louder, but listening to his boss, athletic director Greg McGarity, it doesn't sound like Richt needs to worry about being fired before the season is over.

McGarity, who didn't take over the job officially until September 1, met with the school's Board of Directors for the first time on Thursday.  Though they weren't there to discuss Mark Richt as much as the budget, the inevitable questions were asked about Richt's future following the meeting.  McGarity made it clear he's doing everything he can to support his head coach right now.

"Oh, we talk every day, every other day," McGarity told reporters. "But our whole focus has been on this year. What we do is focus on: ‘Mark, what can we do to help? Is there anything we can do to help?'

"We basically have those conversations, but really we don't deal with the future. We're dealing with right now, the present, what can we do right now, because if we get too far ahead of ourselves we're going to lose our focus on ‘right now.'  We'll deal with all that stuff at the appropriate time."

Not exactly a vote of confidence, but at least Richt knows that he still has time to put a few wins on the board before his bosses sit down and figure out what they want to do.

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