Former Boise State and Colorado coach Dan Hawkins cringed Tuesday while we were doing "The Experts" show at ESPNU. Hawkins declined to participate in the sliver of the show we dedicated to coaches on the hot seat. Having been in that position, he isn't exactly fond of it.
It's sensitive; we understand. But when coaches are making millions -- even if everyone doesn't have the same resources and recruiting bases -- it's natural for fans, media members and, most importantly, athletic directors to eventually question performance.
Hey, I'd sign up for a job, no matter how difficult, if I knew getting canned would still net me $7.5 million. Wouldn't you? A head coaching job at an FBS program is a tremendous opportunity, but heavy scrutiny, expectations and consequences come with it.
On Sunday, Idaho's Robb Akey became the first coach to lose his job this season. Will others follow? We'll mix sports metaphors a bit and assign a "Going," "(Really) Going" or "Gone" rating to each coach in danger as the stretch run begins.
These coaches are not in imminent danger, but should watch their step and make some statements -- on and off the field -- about the direction of their respective programs.
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