It’s a popular question in the off-season of a college football — which coaches are riding the hottest seats?
ESPN.com’s Ted Miller continues the series of polls the web site is conducting this week by asking just that — which Pac-12 coach has the hottest seat in 2011?
Of the five mentioned, Paul Wulff and Rick Neuheisel seem 1A and 1B from this vantage point as the coaches who are not only in the most precarious positions given their lack of success to date, but also, judging by their rosters, the least likely to turn it around this year (and you have to figure whichever coach loses the WSU-UCLA game Oct. 8 at the Rose Bowl is in increasing trouble as that looms as one of the more winnable games for each team in 2011).
Dennis Erickson’s seat may appear just as hot, but his team is much-better positioned to get him off of it. Doesn’t seem to me Jeff Tedford’s seat is as hot as the other three guys (it certainly shouldn’t be given all he has accomplished there.) And given all that’s swirling at USC, it’s hard to really know what Lane Kiffin’s situation is, I think. Certainly, he’s in kind of a different category than the other guys.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The PewterReport says Mason Foster may have been Tampa Bay’s best draft pick this year.
— Great story from SportsBusinessJournal.com on how ESPN and FOX came to work together on the Pac-12’s new TV deal. It’s another piece that illustrates just how much timing, for once, was really on the conference’s side.
— Pac-12 commish Larry Scott said again recently that the conference may consider playing on Sundays this fall if the NFL lockout endures.
— ESPN.com debates Jake Locker vs. Christian Ponder and their ability to make the most impact in 2011.
— Miller also asks which school is most likely to win the Pac-12 in 2011. I’d pick Oregon.
— Scout.com unveils its way-too-early bowl game projections and has UW staying home for the holidays.
— Good stuff from George Schroeder of the Eugene Register-Guard on attending the NCAA’s enforcement seminar for the media earlier this week.
All for now.