Three Big Ten football coaches on the hotseat

Every season, the coaching carousel in the college football landscape gets a little weird. Last season was perhaps the strangest with the departure of the Lincoln Riley Oklahoma in front of Southern CaliforniaMario Cristobal leaves Oregon for Miami (Fla.), and Brian Kelly leaves Notre Dame in front of LSU

Despite all this craziness going on across the country, there have been no head coaching changes in the Big Ten, but once the 2022 season is complete, I expect a few things to be different. There are a number of Big Ten coaches who have struggled in recent seasons and have not lived up to expectations. The following are the three Big Ten coaches most likely to be on the hot seat heading into this fall.

Scott Frost, Nebraska

Nov 26, 2021; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost (right) walks off the field after a loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Why the chair gets hot

I’m shocked Scott Frost didn’t get the ax after his terrible 2020 season, but he was given the benefit of the doubt because of COVID-19 and got the chance to have another terrible season last year. Frost turned 15-29 in his four seasons with Nebraska and they failed to have a winning season in the conference or reach a bowl game. Nebraska gives their alum a ton of rope, but if it goes half a decade without a bowl, you have to reassess things.

Greg Schiano, Rutgers

Coach Greg Schiano and Marco Battaglia with NFL scouts as they watch and take notes as Rutger’s soccer players are evaluated as part of Pro Day 2022, held on campus in Piscataway, NJ on March 22, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

Why the chair gets hot

I may be the only one who feels Greg Schiano is on the hotseat and I admit I may be overreacting but this Rutgers team needs to improve this season or he’ll be on every hot seat list next season. His first stint at Rutgers was magical, but so far in the two seasons of his second stint he has gone 3-6 and 2-7 in Big Ten play.

Tom Allen, Indiana

Indiana’s soccer coach Tom Allen cheers on the Hoosiers during the second half of the Indiana vs. Princeton women’s NCAA second round game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Monday, March 21, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

Why the chair gets hot

Tom Allen is another coach I might jump on. After all, Indiana ended 2020 with just one conference loss, but that season was his only bright spot. I was rooting hard for the Hoosiers last season and thought Allen had finally found his sweet spot, but they were pathetic at 2-10 and 0-9 in the Big Ten. That is unacceptable.

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