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:
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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