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College Football Coaching Hot Seat Ranking – Thursday, Oct. 31

The Football Rumor Mill Hot Seat Ranking for Thursday, Oct. 31, based on the latest college football coaching news and insider rumors:

USC (Lane Kiffin)
UConn (Paul Pasqualoni)
Miami, OH (Don Treadwell)
Florida Atlantic (Carl Pelini) NEW

THE FLAMING FANNYFiring Seems a Forgone Conclusion
Ron English, Eastern Michigan (1-7)
Dan Enos, Central Michigan (3-5)
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia (3-5) WARMER
Dave Christensen, Wyoming (4-4) WARMER

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (5-3)
Bo Pelini, Nebraska (5-2)
Mack Brown, Texas (5-2)
Mike London, Virginia (2-6)

THE TOASTY TUSHFiring is a Possibility
Troy Calhoun, Air Force (1-6) WARMER
Rich Ellerson, Army (3-5)
Ron Turner, FIU (1-6)
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech (5-3)
Norm Chow, Hawaii (0-6) WARMER
Kevin Wilson, Indiana (3-4)
Tim Beckman, Illinois (3-4)
Charlie Weis, Kansas (2-5)
Randy Edsall, Maryland (5-3) WARMER
Jerry Kill, Minnesota (6-2)* – Health
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State (4-3)
June Jones, SMU (3-4) COOLER
Bobby Hauck, UNLV (5-3) COOLER
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest (4-4) WARMER
Steve Sarkisian, Washington (5-3) COOLER

THE HEATING PADPlenty Warm, but… will probably see 2014

Will Muschamp, Florida (4-3) NEW
Mark Richt, Georgia (4-3) NEW
Paul Rhoads (1-6)
Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee (3-4)
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (6-1) COOLER

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Thursday, Oct. 31

Pressure has eased on Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen after the Kentucky win, but there is still tons of chatter. As we’ve mentioned previously, if they make a move, expect ULL’s Mark Hudspeth to get first call.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen (Photo: Kerry Smith, AP)Mack Brown’s future at Texas could hinge on the Baylor game. A bad loss could spell the end – even if the Horns finish 9-3.

It’s no secret that their top target is Nick Saban. Other early names to watch include Art Briles, Jimbo Fisher, Charlie Strong and Jon Gruden.

Speaking of Gruden… This year could finally be the year he returns to coaching. However, the most likely landing spot may be his old stomping ground. There’s lots of chatter Gruden could return to the Raiders with full control over the front office.

Early names at Florida Atlantic include two first-year offensive coordinators with strong south Florida ties — Miami’s James Coley and Cincinnati’s Eddie Gran. Gran was a serious candidate when Carl Pelini was hired.

Expect staff changes at Appalachian State.

If a move is made to get rid if Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia, don’t be surprised if Rich Rod is a candidate to return home. It would definitely be interesting to watch the fan base’s reaction if that took place.

The Florida International job could open after just one year under Ron Turner.

There is major pressure building to oust Bo Pelini at Nebraska. He needs to win, badly. If he goes, former Husker quarterback and current Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost could be a candidate, although most think he needs a little more experience.

At USC, Jack Del Rio is still very much in the mix. Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter is also getting some attention as a fall back option.

Most believe Pat Haden’s early targets will be bigger names and will likely have NFL experience.

At Toledo, second-year coach Matt Campbell has signed extension through the 2017 season.

Campbell was promoted from offensive coordinator when Tim Beckman took the job at Illinois. The Rockets are 14-7 under his watch, including a 5-3 record and 3-1 in the MAC this year.

There are lots of rumors that Boise State’s Chris Petersen may finally be ready to finally make a move.

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One of Iowa State's top tacklers could be sidelined by surgery

Iowa State linebacker Luke KnottIowa State might be without one of its most productive defenders for a while.

Linebacker Luke Knott has been dealing with injuries to both his hip and joint in recent weeks.

The injuries took him out of last Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State, and could take him out action for a while if he decides to go ahead with a a needed surgery.

Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads told the media Tuesday that Knott needs surgery, but a decision on the timing of the surgery has not been made.

A redshirt freshman, Knott is third on the team in tackles with 45. He is the younger brother of former ISU standout Jake Knott.

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Carl Pelini, DC resign at Florida Atlantic after admitting to illegal drug use

UPDATE: Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun announced that head coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis have resigned.

Carl Pelini resigns as Florida Atlantic head coach. (Photo: Butch Dill, AP)Chun confirmed that the resignations occurred after the two coaches were confronted about reports of illegal drug use, which Chun said both admitted to.

Police escorted the two coaches from the football facility this morning, but Chun stated that it was done as “an HR matter” and no arrests were made.

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as the interim head coach while linebackers coach Jevan Dewitt will replace Rekstis as defensive coordinator.

Chun said that a national search is already underway for a permanent replacement.

Chun released the following statement:

“On Monday, I was made aware of these concerns and I immediately reported the allegations to our General Counsel. The University acted quickly and decisively to follow up and take action that is in the best interests of our student-athletes and the University overall. I can assure you that we have no information that suggests anyone other than these two individuals engaged in these activities.

“I am personally very saddened for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I just met with the players a few moments ago and notified them of the news. As you could imagine, the reaction was shock, dismay and disbelief. What I do know is that the FAU football team is a resilient group of young men and they will work through this, and learn and grow from this experience. It is a heartbreaking day for us all.

“I’d like to emphasize that nothing takes a higher priority than the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes. We will work to ensure that any student-athletes’ questions and concerns are addressed. And let me reiterate, we have no information indicating any student-athletes were involved in any illegal activities.

“Offensive Coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach, effective immediately. I have great confidence in his abilities to lead this football program. When I asked Brian to take this role he accepted it without hesitation. He is surrounded by eight assistant coaches that are 100 percent committed to our program and student-athletes.”

Carl Pelini has resigned as head coach at Florida Atlantic, per multiple media reports.

FAU has a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday. The school has yet to confirm Pelini’s resignation, but that is the expected announcement.

Pelini succeeded Howard Schnellenberger as coach following the 2011 season, and was 5-15 in just under two seasons with the Owls.

Prior to FAU, Pelini was defensive coordinator for his brother, Bo, at Nebraska. Bo Pelini also finds himself under fire as the Huskers’ coach.

The Owls are 2-6 on the season, including a 1-4 mark in Conference USA. They are coming off a 45-10 loss to Auburn and are host Tulane (6-2, 4-0) on Saturday.

Florida Atlanta has averaged just 20.8 points per game this season, which ranks 105th in FBS.

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Oregon State wide receiver's career may be over

The college football career of Oregon State wide receiver Kevin Cummings may be over following wrist injury suffered sometime during the first half of the Beavers’ 20-12 loss to Stanford on Saturday.

Oregon State wide receiver Kevin CummingsMike Riley said Tuesday that Cummings is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair the injury.

It’s possible that the senior could return for a bowl game, but that will depend on his recovery.

“It’s bad,” Riley said on losing Cummings. “I really will miss him. He was such an easy guy to coach with his experience, his savvy and his investment was huge. These guys that are coming in have to really step up to fill that void.”

In his absence, redshirt freshman Malik Gilmore and senior Micah Hatfield expect to shoulder a heavier load.

The loss is bad for Cummings, too. After making just 28 catches in his first three seasons for the Beavers, he began to emerge as a go to receiver in clutch situations this year.

Cummings had 23 catches for 254 yards through eight games this season. Thirteen of those 23 grabs went for first downs.

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Maryland starting OL Mike Madaras abruptly leaves the program

Maryland sophomore offensive lineman Mike Madaras, one of Randy Edsall’s first big-name recruits, is leaving the program.

Maryland offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Photo: Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)Madaras started all eight games this season after playing in all 12 games and starting eight as a true freshman in 2012. He announced the decision with a statement released through the Terps athletic department:

This was a difficult decision, but after spending a lot of time thinking about my future and talking with my family. I have realized that my heart is not in the game of football or going to college at this time.

I did not think it was fair to my teammates to be out there playing when I didn’t share their passion for the game. I appreciate all of the support from Coach Edsall and the rest of the Maryland football coaches and support staff. I will be rooting for them in the future.

I appreciate all the support from Coach Edsall and the rest of the Maryland football coaches and support staff. I will be rooting for them in the future.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Madaras was a four-star recruit out of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel in 2012.

Following a successful true freshman campaign, Madaras reportedly failed to add any weight during the off-season and has struggled at times this seasons.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Madaras’ abrupt decision may have been brewing for some time:

Dave Madaras, who coached his son in youth football and later served as a volunteer coach at Good Counsel, traces his son’s disillusionment about college football to a two-week suspension in the summer for what the father called “bad behavior.”

“That might have been the beginning of it,” Dave Madaras said. “The bad behavior was an indication that something was wrong. I think he was saying, ‘I’m trying to send a signal. I’m struggling a little bit.’ It’s tough with a dad like me. I coached him a long time, and I’m sure it was tough for him to tell me he didn’t want to play football.”

… Dave Madaras said he supports his son’s decision, but he declined to comment on the timing of it eight games into the season.

“He’s not happy being at Maryland,” the father said. “It’s nothing against the team or the coaches, he just wants to figure out what he wants to do with his life.”

Madaras’ departure further depletes a Maryland offense that has been ravaged by injuries. The Terps’ most recent depth chart lists Jake Wheeler, a 6-7, 305-pound junior from Hollywood, Fla., as No. 2 behind Madaras at left tackle. Edsall could also move move 6-6, 305-pound freshman Moise Larose over from backup right tackle.

Maryland has a bye this week before facing Syracuse on Nov. 9. The Terps (5-3, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) are looking to become bowl-eligible for the first time under Edsall.

Photo credit: Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post

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Check out Texas Tech's Lone Survivor Foundation uniforms

Texas Tech will wear these special edition uniforms on Nov. 9 against Kansas State in support of the Lone Survivor Foundation.

Founded by retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor Foundation supports service members and their families. The motto of the Foundation, “never quit,” will appear above each player’s numbers on the back of the jersey.

Texas Tech Lone Survivor Foundation uniforms

Texas Tech Lone Survivor Foundation uniforms


Texas Tech Lone Survivor Foundation uniforms

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