Friday, May 13, 2011
Poll: Which Pac-12 coach's seat is hottest?
By Ted Miller
Just about every coach feels annual pressure to win, but some head into a season knowing they need to win.
In the Pac-12 this fall, a number of coaches fall into the "On the hot seat" category, though clearly some seats are warmer than others.
Washington State coach Paul Wulff enters his fourth season in Pullman with just two conference victories to his credit. Athletic director Bill Moos gave him a mostly tepid endorsement this offseason.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel posted his second 4-8 season in three years and opted to extensively reshuffle his staff, dispatching both coordinators, including offensive guru Norm Chow.
Arizona State's Dennis Erickson hasn't posted a winning record since going 10-3 in 2007, his first season in Tempe. Jeff Tedford rebuilt California from a bottom-feeder to a competitive program, but the Bears seemingly have plateaued, and some Old Blues have grown impatient waiting for a next step.
Lane Kiffin enters only his second season at USC, but Trojans fans don't like 8-5 seasons. And new athletic director Pat Haden doesn't like the NCAA following Kiffin's trail from Tennessee.
Each of these coaches is under pressure in 2011. But who's under the most.