We have already seen five coaches fired before the halfway point of the season. Other schools will look to make a move before the season ends or just after the season concludes. Some of these coaches still have time to turn around their program while others are destined to be fired at some point this season. We are going to stick to power five schools on this list because group of five coaches are less likely to be fired midseason.
Bryan Harsin (Auburn) – This one should be not surprise to anyone reading this article. Harsin was nearly fired in February after a few allegations for off the field misconduct. This hiring has been a disaster from the start. Numerous players and coaches left on their own accord after the 2021 season which raised a few questions. Auburn is currently 3-3 which gives the appearance the Tigers are at least playing at a decent level. Harsin may not win another game this season. After a beat down from Georgia, Auburn now travels to Ole Miss which is likely another loss. The Tigers also have Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Western Kentucky and of course Alabama remaining on the schedule. Auburn is 112th in scoring offense and 60th in scoring defense. Harsin could manage to win one or two games but the administration is likely to show him the door before the end of the year. Heat Scale: 8
David Shaw (Stanford) – David Shaw used to have one of the most secure jobs in the country. Stanford would make a bowl game and appear in the top 25 which was good enough to retain one of the highest paying jobs in the country. Shaw has only won 12 games since the start of the 2019 season and they have not finished ranked in the top 25 since 2017. Stanford does not have the expectations of making the College Football Playoffs as their academic standards make it harder for them to compete. Making a bowl game consistently should be the expectation and Shaw is failing to meet the expectations at hand. Stanford’s only win of the season is over Colgate, an FCS team. Stanford will win less than three games this year which should result in the administration looking for a change in leadership. Heat Scale: 7
Jeff Hafley (Boston College) – I was a huge fan of the Jeff Hafley hire and he looked to have Boston College on the rise after his first season as the head coach. The Eagles are 2-4 on the season with struggles coming on both sides of the ball. Hafley’s team ranks 115th in scoring offense and 87th in scoring defense. Boston College will play three more teams currently ranked in the top 25, not including Notre Dame. Hafley is unlikely to make a bowl game this year which could result in him looking for new employment next season. Boston College is one of the hardest jobs in the country mainly due to their location and lack of talent in the New England region. If Hafley can show signs of life, Boston College should look to give him one more season. Heat Scale: 5
Scott Satterfield (Louisville) – Louisville has a 3-3 record while they enter one of the toughest stretches in college football. The Cardinals offense has shown the ability to move the ball but they have struggled to score points. Louisville ranks 43rd in offensive yards per game but 80th in scoring offense. The Cardinals have six games remaining with five of the opponents being ranked in the top 25. Pitt is the only team who is not ranked and the Panthers are still a good team. Satterfield went 8-5 in his first season but is 13-17 since the start of the 2020 season. Louisville was able to defeat Virginia which may help Satterfield keep his job a little while longer. In order for him to return in 2023, the Cardinals need to find a way to become bowl eligible. Unfortunately for Louisville they will probably lose at least 5 of their remaining games resulting in a 4-8 record. Heat Scale: 7.5
Neal Brown (West Virginia) – Neal Brown would probably be fired by now if West Virginia had lost to Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers have struggled the entirety of Brown’s tenure at West Virginia. Brown has a career 19-21 record as a Mountaineer and will likely finish with a record below .500. He in in his fourth season and has yet to win more than six games in a year. West Virginia has played abysmal defense ranked 92nd in the country in scoring defense. He did address his needs on offense by gaining a commitment from Georgia transfer J.T. Daniels. The Big 12 landscape will be changing over the next few years with conference realignment. West Virginia should make the call and find a new head coach so they can stay ahead of their new conference foes in the near future. Heat Scale: 8