These 7 college football coaches are on the hot seat: What’s the cost to fire them?

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COVID-19 pandemic Forced many college athletic departments to tighten their budgets last year – but that didn’t stop him from shooting football coaches.

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This year’s figures are no different. One of the sport’s elite jobs has already opened, with USC firing Clay Helton last month. Randy Edsall (Ukon) and Chad Lunsford (Georgia Southern) have also been dropped.

As the second half of the season approaches, here’s a look at some of the other Soccer Bowl subdivision coaches whose jobs could be in jeopardy, along with how much it would cost to fire them for no reason and what to watch out for. The contract would be required for new jobs or to offset buyout payments with future pay.

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(Note: All buyout figures are calculated as of an arbitrary date of December 1.)

Manny Diaz, Miami

Buying: Stranger

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Quenching / Offset: Stranger

Hurricane damage in Virginia last month sparked renewed calls for Diaz’s firing — a sentiment previously expressed by some of the school’s trustees, According to the Miami Herald.

Although Miami finished 8–3 last year, it suffered a two-way loss to Clemson and North Carolina, and was blown away again by top-ranked Alabama in Week 1 this year. Hurricanes are currently sitting at 2-3.

While Diaz’s contract is not publicly available, several news outlets – including athletics – has reported that their buyout is approximately $8 million. Suggested by the Miami Herald It’s low, and that school buyout payments will be offset by future income when Diaz finds a new job.

Scott Frost, Nebraska

Buying: $20.4 million

Quenching / Offset: Offset, but no specified obligation to reduce

Frost is a Nebraska alum, and when the school hired him as head coach in late 2017, he had high hopes. In the middle of their fourth season at Lincoln, however, the Huskers still finished a season with more wins than losses. And they are 10-20 in Big Ten play.

Frost has yet to live up to the terms of his contract; He is one of the 20 highest paid coaches in USA Today’s salary database this year. Yet that contract might help him stick around. His purchase of $20.4 million is the 11th largest in the country.

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Justin Source, Virginia Tech

Buying: $10 million

Quenching / Offset: not addressed

The Fuente era may have been a failure at Virginia Tech, but over the years there has been a growing sense of unease in some corners of the fanbase. After winning 19 games in Fuente’s first two seasons, the Hokies have gone 22-20. The team’s in-state recruiting efforts have drawn criticism. And Virginia Tech’s crime has been consistently unremarkable.

Athletic director Whit Babcock has never been one to pull the plug early. In nearly a decade at the helm of Cincinnati and Virginia Tech, he has hired a total of two football coaches. But if he wants to make that change after this season, it’s worth waiting until after December 15, when Fuente’s purchase drops from $10 million to $7.5 million.

Philip Montgomery, Tulsa

Buying: Stranger

Quenching / Offset: Stranger

Believe it or not, only two dozen FBS coaches have been at their schools longer than Montgomery, who Tulsa hired in late 2014. But the Golden Hurricane has had two winning seasons in that time – one of which came in a pandemic-shortened previous schedule. year – and so, Montgomery’s position is once again precarious.

Little is known about their contract or purchase, as Tulsa is a private school. Montgomery signed a five-year contract extension in 2016, extending his deal until the end of this season, but there have been few public updates on his deal since then.

Ed Orgeron, LSU

Buying: $17.2 million

Quenching / Offset: None

Although LSU is still less than two years away from the national title, and this year’s squad has been sidelined with major injuries, Orgeron’s seat is pretty hot. The Tigers have gone just 8-8 over the past season and a half, and five of the six matches remaining on their schedule this year are against ranked teams.

LSU is not used to losing. The last time it ended below .500 was 1999. That said, a change won’t be cheap. In addition to Orgeron’s $17.2 million buyout, the school will be hooked for a combined $9.5 million buyout if the school chooses to fire the rest of its employees for no reason.

Nick Rolovich, Washington State

Buying: $4.3 million

Quenching / Offset: None

Rolovic’s place in the hot seat has nothing to do with football. And he could be out of a job in a matter of days.

Rollovich is the only major college football coach to have publicly indicated that he will not receive a vaccination against COVID-19—which is important, given that Washington requires state employees to be fully vaccinated or an approved medical or religious Need to get discount. Deadline is Monday.

Rolovic confirmed last week that He is seeking a religious exemption. If this is not given, there is a chance that the cougar may try to fire him for the cause. Shooting Rolovic for no reason would cost the university a little over $4 million.

Matt Wells, Texas Tech

Buying: $7.1 million

Quenching / Offset: Offset, but no specified obligation to reduce

Like Cliff Kingsbury and Tommy Tuberville before him, Wells has struggled to find continued success at Texas Tech. The former Utah State coach is set to make more than $3 million this year, but during his tenure in the Big 12, his teams have won only six of their 21 conference games.

According to the terms of his deal, Wells would be paid 70% of his basic salary if he was fired without reason – which would be about $7.1 million as of December 1. His contract does not state that he has an obligation to look for another job, but if he finds one before the end of the agreement, his purchase will be offset by future income.

Contact Tom Schadt at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Shad.



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