Florida's Will Muschamp

Florida coach Will Muschamp reacts during second quarter action of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, September 21, 2013. (Joshua C. Cruey\ Orlando Sentinel) (Joshua C. Cruey / November 23, 2013)


Coaches know that as unfair as it may seem, you’re success is based on wins and losses. Here are several coaches who find themselves squarly on the Hot Seat as the final weeks wrap down on the season.

Tim Beckman, Illinois

The Buzz: Beckman took over the Illinois program after three successful seasons at Toledo. It was his high-scoring offense with the Rockets that made the Beckman, 48, an attractive option for the Illini. Yet, in one-plus seasons in Champaign, Illinois is 6-17 overall including an 1-14 record in Big Ten games. A win over Purdue Saturday helps, but will it be enough to swell the tide of criticism against Beckman?

Over/Under Happy Trails: Over

Mack Brown, Texas

The Buzz: It’s amazing to think that a coach who has won more than 70 percent of his games would even find himself on this list, but that’s where Brown is after the Longhorns struggles. It doesn’t help that Nick Saban’s name is being floated around as a possible replacement. If Saban chooses to leave Alabama, it’s hard not to imagine that Texas would do – and pay – whatever is needed to get the coach into Austin.

Over/Under Happy Trails: Push

Norm Chow, Hawaii

The Buzz: After winning three games last season, Hawaii has taken a massive step back by going winless in 2013. Chow is 67-years-old and joked last week that maybe he’s too old, which led some to speculate that maybe he’s considering stepping down. The university is flush with available cash so whether he resigns or is fired, money would be an issue in choosing a new coach.  

Over/Under Happy Trails: Over

Jim Grobe, Wake Forest

The Buzz: Grobe is finishing off his 13th season at Wake Forest where he has put together a 77-81 overall record including a 4-7 record so far this season. The Demon Deacons played Duke tough Saturday, but still lost. That loss eliminates Wake from bowl consideration for the second straight season.

Over/Under Happy Trails: Over

June Jones, SMU

The Buzz: Jones is finishing off his sixth season with the Mustangs and is 35-39 overall since moving to Dallas. The Mustangs have taken a step back after winning at least seven games over the past four seasons. While programs like UCF and Houston have thrived in their first season in the American Athletic Conference, SMU has struggled to find the same sort of success.

Over/Under Happy Trails: Under

Mike London, Virginia

The Buzz: After winning eight games in 2011, there were a lot who believed that London had the Cavaliers on the right track, but he followed that up with a four win season in 2012 and two wins so far this season. To dump London would be costly for the school – more than $8 million – which could mean that Cavs fans are stuck with him for the time being.

Over/Under Happy Trails: Under