I received this idea from Ride The Wave on Twitter. After the 2018 season we saw plenty of coaching changes and a few notable hires. Once again we are primarily sticking with the power five coaching jobs. Maybe one of these days I will take a dive into the world of the group of five but not today.

Kansas, Les Miles – F: Les Miles had a few signs of potentially bringing Kansas back from the dead in his first season but he was fired this past off-season for a scandal at LSU. Miles finished 3-18 at Kansas including 0-9 in his second season. The Jayhawks are in better hands with Lance Leipold. Kansas is one of the toughest jobs in FBS but Miles was not up for the task.

North Carolina, Mack Brown – B: Mack Brown had been building a successful program but this past season was a let down. The Tar Heels finished 6-6 in Sam Howell’s last season. Brown did make the Orange Bowl in 2020 but his best season has been 8-4. North Carolina has recruited incredibly well under Brown but the results have yet to come. Brown will set his successor up for success with his recruiting classes when he chooses to retire.

Texas Tech, Matt Wells – D: Matt Wells first two seasons were far from stellar as he only won four games in each season. He was fired after going 5-3 in his first eight games this season. Wells was a confusing hire at the time and most fans are not surprised he did not make it through three seasons. Texas Tech expects to make a bowl game every year and failing to meet that criteria in his first two seasons nearly sealed his fate.

Georgia Tech, Geoff Collins – D+: Georgia Tech decided to move away from the triple option meaning whoever took the job would be in for a massive rebuild. Geoff Collins has struggled to compete in his three seasons as the Georgia Tech head coach. Collins has won only three games in each season thus far. Collins was a candidate to be fired after the season ended but has remained the head coach of the Yellow Jackets. Collins will enter the 2022 season with one of the hottest seats in college football.

Kansas State, Chris Kleiman – B-: Chris Kleiman replaced legendary coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Kleiman previously won four FCS national titles at North Dakota State. Kansas State is one of the tougher jobs in the country due to location and lack of resources in the area but Snyder proved a coach can be successful in Manhattan, Kansas. Kleiman is 19-16 in his first three seasons with two bowl appearances. The Wildcats lost five games this past season but were competitive in every game with their largest loss being by only 13 points.

Ohio State, Ryan Day – A-: Ryan Day has continued the trajectory path previously left by Urban Meyer. Day continues to recruit at a high level consistently bringing in top five classes. Ohio State reached the playoffs in Day’s first two seasons including making the National Title after the 2020 season. Day had inherited most of his players from Urban Meyer and will now be tasked with the recruitment and development of his own players. He missed the playoffs this year but Buckeye fans will expect to be back in the playoffs next year. He will also need to beat Michigan to stay in their good graces.

Louisville, Scott Satterfield – C: Scott Satterfield started off well in 2019 winning eight games in his first season. He has underwhelmed in the past two seasons going a combined 10-13 which has resulted in him being on the hot seat. Satterfield’s defenses have struggled allowing an average of 29 points per game. Malik Cunningham has been a bright spot for the Cardinals but the lack of play makers on offense has limited Louisville’s chances to have an explosive offense. Satterfield may be looking for a new job after the 2022 season if he does not win at least eight games.

Maryland, Mike Locksley – B-: Maryland had not had a winning season since 2014 under Randy Edsall where the Terrapins were 7-6. Mike Locksley has recruited the DMV area well and helped increase the talent level at Maryland. Locksley led Maryland to their first bowl game since 2016 this season. Maryland plays in one of the hardest divisions in college football which means conference wins can be hard to come by. If Locksley can average seven or eight wins a season, he could have a long tenure at Maryland.

Colorado, Mel Tucker – Incomplete: Can we really give Mel Tucker at Colorado a fair grade? Tucker went 5-7 in his only season at Colorado before departing for Michigan State. Tucker seems to have Michigan State on the rise but having a coach for only one season can set a program back. The jury is still out on his replacement, Karl Dorrell.

Miami FL, Manny Diaz – C+: Manny Diaz was not a bad hire for Miami. As soon as Mark Richt announced he was retiring, most fans and writers pointed towards Diaz as the replacement. Diaz made a bowl game in each season and struggled to find consistency at key positions. Diaz relied heavily on the transfer portal and was able to find some key contributors (Jaelen Phillips, Charleston Rambo) but he also missed on a few (Tate Martell). If the Hurricanes missed on Mario Cristobal, Diaz would have been back as the head coach in 2022.

West Virginia, Neal Brown – C-: In three season, Neal Brown is 17-17 at West Virginia. Brown will be entering the 2022 season on the hot seat as he has yet to win more than six games in any season. The Mountaineers have a proud fan base who are running out of patience with Neal Brown’s rebuild. The Big 12 is a conference with the opportunity to rise to the top. If Brown does not win at least eight games in 2022, he will be looking for a new job next off-season.

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