Quick question for you. What do you get when in your first year as coach you improve your team's win total, beat two teams that went to bowl games, and improve your team in almost every statistical category -- all while turning over a roster and changing the culture of a program? Well, according to Sports Illustrated, if you're Doug Marrone, you get a spot on the hot seat.
In the Sports Illustrated Big East Conference Report, the once proud magazine looks into its crystal ball and makes predictions on the upcoming season. They offer opinions on things like which team will win the conference, how each team will finish, and who will be the offensive and defensive MVPs. They also have a "hot seat" category and stuck SU coach Doug Marrone there - although they admit Marrone is "probably safe."
Look, the fact of the matter is that NO coach in the Big East is on the hot seat right now. In fact, 5 of the 8 coaches in the conference have been on the job for 2 years or less. The other three, Greg Schiano, Randy Edsall, and Dave Wannstedt have all enjoyed enough success to ensure their jobs are safe -- at least for the next couple of years.
The report should have noted this and proclaimed no coaches are in jeopardy this year (the horror!), but I guess it was easier to just pull a name from a hat and plunk it down there. It's another residual price the program is paying for being so bad for so long. Call it yet another parting gift from Greg Robinson.
So, while SI proclaims Doug a man on the hot seat, in reality the the only way he's getting fired during or after this season is if he decides to go a strip club bender with Mike Price after stealing Daryl Gross' credit card....in other words, his job is pretty safe for now.
H/T - Nunesmagician