4 Head Coaches Who Should Be Fired At Season’s End
The college football regular season is winding down. Most teams will end their regular seasons this coming weekend, while several teams will end their seasons a week later on December 4, when the conference championship games are played. The end of the season means schools are preparing to fire their coaches and search for new ones. Dan Mullen of Florida, Clay Helton of USC, Nick Rolovich of Washington State University, Jimmy Lake of Washington, Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech, and a few other coaches have all been fired. More coaches are going to be fired as well. We will look at them below:
Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech
The Holtz era has run its course in Ruston, Louisiana. The Bulldogs were 15-point favorites against Southern Mississippi this past Friday night. Southern Miss had just one win, and the Golden Eagles did not have an actual quarterback on their roster. Frank Gore, Jr., the son of legendary NFL running back Frank Gore, is a running back. That is his natural position. However, he was pressed into service at quarterback due to the emergency the USM team faced. Gore was able to throw long passes for touchdowns against a Louisiana Tech defense which was constantly out of position. Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech’s offense scored only 12 points. The Bulldogs suffered a convincing loss against a really bad team which was shorthanded. They lost at home, too. This is the kind of loss which gets a coach fired. Holtz has had several years at Louisiana Tech. It seems as though he has run out of ideas and inspiration at the school.
Steve Addazio, Colorado State
The Addazio era should end. The former Boston College head coach has had some off-field problems in Fort Collins, but his main problem is that he doesn’t win very much. Colorado State squandered an opportunity to grab a late win against Utah State. It fell flat on defense against Air Force. It lost an early lead to Boise State and fell to the Broncos. This past weekend, the Rams got blown out by a not-very-good Hawaii team. There is nothing Addazio is doing which suggests that he can turn things around at Colorado State. There is no indication that he can fix the problems he has created by himself. This coaching tenure is running out of oxygen and should expire before too long.
Herman Edwards, Arizona State
The Sun Devils were expected to win 10 games this season, at least nine, but after a loss to Oregon State, Arizona State can’t do better than eight wins in the regular season. The Sun Devils have failed to develop the talent of quarterback Jayden Daniels. They have sputtered on offense and have been dogged by a lack of discipline all season. They have frequently committed false start penalties in road games, and not just in front of big crowds. Oregon State had under 30,000 on hand for this past weekend’s game against Arizona State. Hearing the quarterback before the snap was not a problem for players. Yet, they still committed seven false starts, which is ridiculous. People near the ASU program are sick and tired of Edwards. They are emotionally exhausted. This feels like the end.
Manny Diaz, Miami
The Hurricanes were a popular pick before the season to win the ACC Coastal Division championship. They didn’t come especially close. They endured brutal losses all season long, including a loss to Florida State in which the Hurricanes allowed a fourth-and-long conversion late in the game. Diaz has been such a consistently mediocre head coach that he doesn’t deserve any additional benefit of the doubt.