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The Hot Seat: Week 3

Check out our newest Hot Seat rankings. Is Will Muschamp’s rear end on fire after needing triple overtime to beat Kentucky? And which coach has cooled his seat with a win?

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The Hot Seat: Week 2

Our rankings are simple. Who’s the most likely to get fired? That’s the only criteria we use to group them. The higher the ranking, the more likely they’ll be shown the door.

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The Hot Seat: Week 1

Our rankings are simple. Who’s the most likely to get fired? That’s the only criteria we use to group them. The higher the ranking, the more likely they’ll be shown the door.

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Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson could be on shaky ground

The smoke around the status of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson seems to be growing.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson (Photo: Associated Press)We’ve heard that it’s not necessarily about wins and losses or any other singular thing. Rather, it seems to be a culmination of a number of things that may put Johnson’s situation in jeopardy.

In 2011, the NCAA put Georgia Tech on four years of probation, fined the school $100,000 and stripped its ACC title game victory from the 2009 season. Then, in 2012, athletic director Dan Radakovich left for Clemson.

Those two things alone are generally enough of an excuse to end a coach’s tenure.

Add in that Johnson, who earns $2.6 million per season, has been pretty average over the past four seasons (6-7, 8-5, 7-7, 5-3 so far in 2013) and his questionable handling of Al Groh’s firing as defensive coordinator last season and you get the feeling something’s just not right.

Then, there’s this: Bobby Dodd Stadium seats 55,000. Last season, attendance was down 9% over the previous year, with the Jackets drawing only 43,955 per game. So far this season the results are slightly better, but not by much. They’ve averaged 47,851 in games against Elon, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Syracuse.

The chatter around Johnson’s status has been growing over the past week.

Though the Jackets got a much-needed win over Virginia — and another embattled head coach, Mike London — Saturday to move to 5-3 on the season, the next four games could be pivotal.

Of the remaining schedule, its hard to see the Jackets getting wins at Clemson and in the season finale against Georgia. This week’s home game against 4-3 Pittsburgh will be a big one, but regardless, Tech should finish no better than 7-5.

Bottom line, we believe Johnson is in real danger of losing his job.

Photo credit: Associated Press

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The Coaching Wire: Friday, March 8, 2013

Dana Holgorsen has officially hired JaJuan Seider as West Viginia's running backs coach. (PHoto: WVU)

Dana Holgorsen has officially hired JaJuan Seider as West Viginia’s running backs coach. (Photo: WVU)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s we reported yesterday, JaJuan Seider is the new running backs coach at West Virginia. Dana Holgorsen announced the hire via Twitter on Friday:


Georgia Tech’s McCollum won’t interview for Austin Peay job

Georgia Tech linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum will not interview for the head coach vacancy at his alma mater, Austin Peay.

McCollum, the former head coach at Middle Tennessee State, released a statement through a Tech spokesman that he will not be interviewing and does not have interest in the position.

As we mentioned in Tuesday’s Wire, McCollum was one of six interviewees listed in an Austin Peay media release. According to the release, McCollum was to interview on Monday.

There was speculation that Austin Peay would not able to meet McCollum’s salary requirements. He earned $210,000 last year.

McCollum joined the Georgia Tech staff in 2010, first serving as recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach before moving to linebackers midway through the 2012 season when defensive coordinator Al Groh was dismissed.

At Austin Peay, Kirby Cannon, defensive backs coach at Central Michigan, and Granville Eastman, Austin Peay’s interim head coach and the Governors’ defensive coordinator since 2005, interviewed earlier this week.

Former Wisconsin offensive line coach Mike Markuson, Navy offensive coordinator Ashley Ingram and Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold will interview next week.

In January, Rick Christophel stepped down as the Governors’ head coach after six seasons to be tight ends coach for the Arizona Cardinals.

Copeland named running backs coach at Northern Illinois

Kelton Copeland, who spent the past two years as wide receivers coach at South Dakota, has joined the Northern Illinois staff as running backs coach.

Prior to South Dakota, Copeland spent five seasons on the coaching staff at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he began as the secondary coach before moving to wide receivers for three seasons.

He was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Coffeyville in spring 2011 before taking the South Dakota in July. In 2006, he coached safeties and nickel backs at Division II Northwood (Mich.).

“We are really excited to have Kelton and his family on board,” Huskies head coach Rod Carey said. “He is a great teacher of the game and a tireless worker in recruiting. He’s a great fit for our staff and our NIU community.”

A Miami, Fla. native, Copeland was a three-year starter at quarterback at Emporia State (Kan.).

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