The college football coaching hot seats are getting warmer by the day. We've already witnessed head coaches at schools like Tennessee and Florida get fired this year, and it's only a matter of time before more gentlemen are relieved of their duties.
Here are five college football coaching hot seats that are a bit off the radar, but could still result in firings this offseason:
It's one thing to be under investigation for alleged player mistreatment, but it's magnified when paired with a 3-7 record and a 1-5 mark in Mountain West play.
New Mexico hired an outside investigator back in September to look into allegations made against Bob Davie, but with season-ending contests against up-and-coming UNLV and conference-mainstay San Diego State left on the slate, the Lobos could be staring at a very disappointing 3-9 season.
If the university is looking for an excuse to let Davie go, the lack of production on the field gives them plenty of ammo.
After an impressive two-year stint at FCS power James Madison in which Withers' went 18-7, he's yet to experience much success with a Texas State squad that hasn't had a winning season since it went 7-5 in 2014.
The offense has been anemic and is currently ranked #117 in scoring at just 18.4-points-per game. The squad's only wins have come over FCS foe Houston Baptist by nine and against a Coastal Carolina squad transitioning to the FBS this year.
If the Bobcats get crushed in its final two games against Arkansas State and Troy, Withers could be in trouble.
The head coach of the Owls since he came over from Texas State in 2007, Bailiff was already sitting upon a sizzling-hot throne after winning just 8 games combined the past two seasons. This came on the heels of three consecutive bowl appearances between 2012 and 2014 in which Rice was victorious twice.
2017 has been a nightmare. It began with an overseas beating by Stanford in its first game and has continued with terrible losses to squads like UAB and UTSA. With empty seats and a porous defense that has given up 38 points or more on 7 occasions, the end may be near for Bailiff.
For fans and alums that are fed up with the Tar Heels' inability to get over the hump, this season's 2-8 campaign could be the reason to bring a new leader into the locker room.
Since Fedora took over in Chapel Hill in 2012, UNC has become a mainstay at less-than-exciting postseason games like the Belk, Quick Lane, and Russell Athletic Bowl. With no chance of bowling in 2017, it might be time to make a change. The school did give him a contract extension through 2022 this past May, however, so they could look at his 42-33 career record and decide to wait it out.
Beaty is currently 3-31 overall and 1-24 in conference play during his three-year tenure thus far, and his .088 winning percentage is dead last amongst the Jayhawks' 38 career coaches.
He signed a contract extension following the conclusion of the 2016 season that will pay him $1.6 million through 2021, but the school has had a quick hook in recent years. It fired Turner Gill after just two seasons (2010-2011) and dumped Charlie Weis four games into his third year.
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