Bowden, Doba on the coaching hot seat entering 2007
Former Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes once said a coach loses 10 percent of his team's fan base with each defeat.
The way Clemson coach Tommy Bowden figures it, he has even more to lose as he begins his ninth season with the Tigers.
"We just set a record for ticket sales, so I have a bunch of people who don't like me -- most in Clemson history," Bowden joked last month at the ACC Kickoff news conference in Pinehurst, N.C.
After his team lost four of its last five games, Bowden once again enters the 2007 season on the hot seat. He has a 60-38 record in eight seasons at Clemson, which hasn't won an ACC title since 1991.
Still, Bowden has survived disappointing seasons in the past, and he is the third-longest tenured coach in the ACC, behind his father, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden (32 seasons) and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (21 seasons).
"It's always been the same here," Tommy Bowden said. "I've been here nine years and every third year, I think I've been on the hot seat. Kind of like locusts, they come out every 17 years. A job of this magnitude, it's the nature of the beast."
Here are some other football coaches who enter the 2007 season on the hot seat:Hot
1. Tommy Bowden, Clemson: Bowden has won at least eight games in three of the last four seasons, but the Tigers have annually failed to crack the upper echelon of the expanded conference. Last season, Clemson was a popular preseason choice to win the league's Atlantic Division, but finished 8-5 and lost to Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. 2. Bill Doba, Washington State: Doba, the team's former defensive coordinator, who was elevated to head coach when Mike Price bolted for Alabama, has struggled to maintain the success his predecessor achieved at Washington State. The Cougars are 25-22 in his four years as coach, and the team failed to win one of their final three games to become bowl eligible in 2006 (after starting the season 6-3). Doba, who has worked at Washington State for 19 seasons and is well liked by the administration and fans, might see the writing on the wall. He will take over the Cougars' defense this season, after Robb Akey was hired as Idaho's coach.
3. Ted Roof, Duke: Roof has tried everything to jump-start one of college football's worst programs, but the Blue Devils just haven't performed. He is 5-34 in three-plus seasons, including an 0-12 mark in 2006. Duke brings a 20-game losing streak into the season and has lost 17 consecutive ACC games. 4. Tommy West, Memphis: The Tigers went 2-10 last season, after which many Memphis fans questioned West's decision to fire defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn three games into the year. West fired two more assistant coaches during the offseason. Memphis showed signs of improvement late in the 2006 season, losing close games to Central Florida and Houston and beating UTEP. But with seven starters back on each side of the football, and with the Tigers playing a less-than-competitive schedule, West might need nothing less than a bowl game to be safe. Mild
1. Tom Amstutz, Toledo: "Toledo Tom" has won 50 games in six seasons at his alma mater, but the Rockets are coming off their first losing season since 1993. Worse, the program had its share of off-field problems the last 10 months. Two players were arrested by the FBI for their roles in a point-shaving conspiracy, and another player was charged with attempted aggravated burglary. The Rockets return eight starters on both offense and defense, so things should get better on the field in 2007.
1. Karl Dorrell, UCLA: After leading the Bruins to a 29-21 record and four straight bowl games, UCLA would probably have to collapse this season for Dorrell to be in serious trouble. UCLA returns 10 starters on each side of the football, and the team's stunning 13-9 upset of rival USC last season probably bought the coach some time. But a four-game losing streak during the regular season in 2006, followed by a disappointing 44-27 loss to FSU in the Emerald Bowl, raised concerns about the program's direction. The offseason arrest of receivers coach Eric Scott on felony burglary charges didn't help the cause. 2. Randy Edsall, Connecticut: The school has been extremely patient with Edsall, who was hired the year before the Huskies moved to Division I-A. Edsall led Connecticut to nine victories in 2004, but the Huskies failed to win more than five games in each of the last two seasons.
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