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College Football Coaching Hot Seat Ranking – Tuesday, Oct. 22

Here is our college coaches Hot Seat Ranking for Tuesday, Oct. 22, based on the latest college football coaching news and insider rumors:

USC (Lane Kiffin)
UConn (Paul Pasqualoni)
Miami, OH (Don Treadwell)

THE FLAMING FANNYFiring Seems a Forgone Conclusion
Ron English, Eastern Michigan (1-6)
Dan Enos, Central Michigan (3-5)

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (4-3)
Bo Pelini, Nebraska (5-1)
June Jones, SMU (2-4)
Mack Brown, Texas (4-2)
Bobby Hauck, UNLV (4-3)
Mike London, Virginia (2-5)
Steve Sarkisian, Washington (4-3)
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia (3-4)
Dave Christensen, Wyoming (4-3)

THE TOASTY TUSHFiring is a Possibility
Rich Ellerson, Army (3-5)
Ron Turner, FIU (1-5)
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech (4-3)
Kevin Wilson, Indiana (3-4)
Tim Beckman, Illinois (3-3)
Jerry Kill, Minnesota (5-2)* – Health
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State (3-3)
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (5-1)

THE HEATING PADPlenty Warm, but… will probably see 2014
Troy Calhoun, Air Force (1-6)
Norm Chow, Hawaii (0-6)
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State (1-5)
Randy Edsall, Maryland (5-2)
Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee (3-4)
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest (4-3)

Cover photo credit: AP

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NCAA officially announces penalties in Miami case

The NCAA has released the penalties in its investigation into the Miami athletics program, and the official announcement confirmed reports that the Hurricanes would suffer no bowl ban and the football program lose just nine scholarships over the next three years.

Here’s the official list of the NCAA’s penalties via the Miami Herald:

> Public reprimand and censure.

> Three years of probation from October 22, 2013, through October 21, 2016.

> Former assistant football coach B (Clint Hurtt) penalties: A two-year show-cause order from October 22, 2013 through October 21, 2015. The public report contains further details. The committee also adopted penalties imposed by the coach’s current employing university, which are detailed in the public report.

> Former assistant football coach C (Aubrey Hill) penalties: A two-year show-cause order from October 22, 2013, through October 21, 2015. The public report contains further details.

> Former head men’s basketball coach Frank Haith penalties: A suspension for the first five regular-season games of the 2013-14 season. Attendance at one NCAA Regional Rules seminar at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.

> Former assistant men’s basketball coach B (Jorge Fernandez) penalties: A two-year show-cause order from October 22, 2013, through October 21, 2015. The public report contains further details.

Football program penalties

> Reduction of football scholarship by a combined total of nine during the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

> Miami may only provide a prospect on unofficial visits complementary tickets for one home game during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Self-imposed by the university:

> Two year bowl ban following the 2011 and 2012 seasons, including the 2012 ACC Championship game.

> Reduction of official paid visits for 2012-13 by 20 percent to a total of 36 visits.

> Reduction of fall evaluations in 2012-13 by six (from 42 to 36).

> Reduction of available contact days during the 2012-13 contact period by 20 percent.

Men’s basketball program penalties:

> Reduction in the number of men’s basketball scholarships by one during the each of the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

> Additional penalties: For all sports, any staff member who sends an impermissible text to a prospect will be fined a minimum of $100 per message, and coaches will be suspended from all recruiting activities for seven days.

> Further penalties resulting from impermissible texts and phone calls are detailed in the public report.

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Report: Miami to receive no bowl ban, lose just 9 scholarships

Former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville, will reportedly receive a two-year show cause penalty.

Former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville, will reportedly receive a two-year show cause penalty.

The University of Miami is expected to receive no additional bowl ban and will forfeit just nine scholarships as a result of the NCAA’s more than two-and-a-half year investigation into the school’s athletics program.

According to Joe Rose, a radio host on Miami’s flagship station 560 WQAM, the Hurricanes will lose three football scholarships over the next three years and there will be no further post-season bans.

The NCAA will officially the penalties at 10 a.m. EST this morning.

If accurate, it’s a big victory for UM and as happy ending as possible to the Nevin Shapiro saga.

Rose also reported that some of the coaches involved will also be punished, including former football assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville, and Aubrey Hill (now at Carol City High School). Both Hurtt and Hill will reportedly be hit with the dreaded two-year show cause penalty.

According to a Miami Herald reportMiami’s basketball program will reportedly lose 2-3 scholarships total.

The Herald’s Michelle Kaufman reported on Twitter that former basketball coach Frank Haith will receive a five-game suspension, and basketball coach Jorge Fernandez will receive a 2-year show cause penalty.

Photo credit: John Sommers II, USA TODAY Sports

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Pac-12 reprimands and fines Oregon DC Nick Aliotti

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti

The Pac-12 has reprimanded Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and fined him $5,000 for comments he made leading up to and after the Ducks’ 62-38 win over Washington State on Saturday.

“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating, and this prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

“His comments also showed a lack of support for the Pac-12‘s policies on Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct, which call for our coaches to treat opponents with respect.”

According to the Pac-12’s release on the reprimand and fine:

Aliotti made derogatory public comments about the Pac-12 officiating program leading up to Oregon’s game against Washington State and continued that line of dialogue following the game. Additionally, Aliotti spoke negatively about Washington State’s coaching staff and the way in which Washington State finished the game. Since his initial comments, Aliotti has publicly apologized for his comments about Washington State.

Trailing 62-24 late in the fourth quarter, Washington State threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes against Oregon backups.

Aliotti said following the game that he thought WSU’s decision to leave its starters in late was “Bull—-” and “low class.”

He has since apologized to Leach and Washington State for those comments.

“The bottom line is, I’m sorry,” Aliotti said in a statement released by Oregon. “I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. There’s no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won’t happen again.

“I’d like to apologize to Mike Leach and Bill Moos (Washington State athletics director), Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”

Photo credit: Associated Press

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Trouble in Gainesville?

Near the end of November last year, life seemed like it couldn’t get much better for the Florida Gators.

Is there trouble ahead for Florida and head coach Will Muschamp?

Is there trouble ahead for Florida and head coach Will Muschamp?

Will Muschamp’s team was 11-1 in his second season as head coach, and the team needed just a Notre Dame loss to sneak into the BCS national championship game.

But fast forward 11 months and the picture isn’t nearly as rosy.

The Irish didn’t lose, and Florida settled for a Sugar Bowl date with Louisville, where they were thoroughly manhandled by the Cardinals. Now, seven games into Muschamp’s third season, UF sits at 4-3 and out of the top 25 after being thumped by Missouri on Saturday.

That sharp turn for the worse led USA Today columnist Dan Wolken to put the Gators atop his “Misery Index” this week, and Wolken says the present shouldn’t be the Gators biggest concern.

What should worry Florida fans the most at the moment isn’t just 2013 but rather what the picture looks like going forward. The Gators will lose some significant pieces off their defense next season, and where is the quarterback to lead their offense out of mediocrity? Do you see it? We don’t.

Is Wolken right? Do you think Florida fans have even scarier times ahead?

Photo credit: Dave Martin / AP

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VIDEO: Oregon DC rips Mike Leach

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti says that Washington State head coach Mike Leach’s decision to throw the ball late in the Ducks’ 62-38 win over the Cougars was “bullsh#t” and “low class.”

Video from Aliotti’s press conference is below:

What do you think? Do you agree with Aliotti’s comments?

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Don James passes away

Legendary former University of Washington head coach Don James has passed away.

Former Washington head coach Don James passed away Sunday.In a press release, the school announced that James, who spent 18 seasons as the Huskies head coach (1975-1992), died Sunday morning. James had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

He was 81 years old.

“My family and I are extremely saddened to hear of Coach James’ passing,” current UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. “His accomplishments as a football coach stand alone, but what made him truly special is the quality of man he was away from the game.

“The guidance and leadership he instilled into this program and community are still felt today, and will continue to be felt here for a long, long time.”

Born in Massillon, Ohio, James played college ball at Miami (Fla.). He was head coach at Kent State from 1971-74, leading the Golden Flashes to their only MAC championship and bowl game in 1972.

At Washington, he guided the Huskies to six conference titles and the 1991 national championship. James, a 1997 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, finished with a record of 153-58-2 at UW.

James’ influence goes beyond the immense impact he made at Washington. His coaching tree includes the likes of Dom Capers, Jim Mora, Sr. and Jr., Nick Saban, and Gary Pinkel, among others.

Saban played defensive back at Kent State from 1972-74 and has often given James credit for James sparking his interest in becoming a coach.

Photo credit: Bruce Kellman, Tacoma News Tribune

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