Auburn Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin  looks on during warm ups before Auburn Tigers take on Missouri Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

Power 5 Hot Seats: Auburn’s Bryan Harsin vaults to top

A trio of Power 5 football coaches have already lost their jobs and the calendar hasn’t hit October.

With Scott Frost (Nebraska), Herm Edwards (Arizona State) and Geoff Collins (Georgia Tech) handed their pink slips — or “mutually parting ways” with their schools — who is next in line?

The day after Collins was fired, opened the market on Tuesday with Colorado’s Karl Dorrell and Auburn’s Bryan Harsin the co-favorites at +200. The public quickly jumped on Harsin, pushing the embattled Tigers coach to +100 within a few hours.

Harsin kept his job following an inquiry over the offseason, but the critics have remained loud despite the Tigers’ 3-1 start. Auburn eased into the season with wins over a pair of non-Power 5 teams before a blowout loss to Penn State and a narrow overtime win over Missouri — all at home.

Colorado’s 0-4 start has been much rougher with the Buffaloes being outscored a combined 173-47. Dorrell, who went 35-27 in five seasons at UCLA, is now 8-14 in his third season in Boulder.

The third-shortest odds belong to Stanford’s David Shaw. He opened at +300 on Tuesday but those odds lengthened to +500 despite the Cardinal coming off another decisive loss to Washington.

Next Coach Fired Odds
Bryan Harsin, Auburn: +100
Karl Dorrell, Colorado: +200
David Shaw, Stanford: +500
Jeff Scott, South Florida: +600
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy: +900
Eliah Drinkwitz, Missouri: +1400
Steve Sarkisian, Texas: +1400
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: +1600
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: +2000
Scott Satterfield, Louisville: +2200
Mack Brown, North Carolina: +3300

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Karl Dorrell calls a time out n the second quarter against the USC Trojans at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado coach Karl Dorrell apologizes for camera incident

Colorado coach Karl Dorrell apologized Sunday for an incident in which he shoved the camera of a photojournalist after the Buffaloes were routed by Southern California on Saturday.

Video of the incident shows him reaching out with his right hand to push the camera aside as the photographer from CBS affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver filmed Dorrell jogging off the field after the 37-14 loss in Boulder.

“I want to apologize for the incident at the end of our game Saturday,” the 58-year-old Dorrell said Sunday in a statement released by the university. “We do value the media and the coverage they provide for our program, and this was strictly in the heat of the moment.

“That’s not who I am, and I hope people who have known me through the years do realize that. I did reach out and spoke directly this morning to the videographer from CBS-4 and personally apologized to him.”

About three hours after the incident, athletic director Rick George apologized in a tweet: “Coach Dorrell sends his apologies to the local journalist who he intercepted after today’s game. We treat journalists with respect and apologize for falling short of that today.”

That apology drew criticism on social media due to Dorrell not directly issuing it.

The loss to the Trojans was the fourth straight for the Buffaloes (1-4, 0-2) and third straight via blowout. Colorado has been outscored 102-27 while losing to Minnesota, Arizona State and USC over the past three weeks.

The Buffaloes went 4-2 last season in Dorrell’s first campaign.

Dorrell was formerly the head coach at UCLA and went 35-27 in five seasons from 2003-07.

–Field Level Media