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 30, 2021; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost walks off the field following the loss to the Purdue Boilermakers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Power 5 Hot Seats: Bryan Harsin, Scott Frost favored to be first fired

Nebraska is a double-digit favorite ahead of its season opener on Saturday, but a win over Northwestern in Dublin wouldn’t significantly cool the proverbial seat under Cornhuskers coach Scott Frost.

Frost is the -120 favorite to be the first Big Ten coach fired in odds released by That’s the second-shortest odds among all of the Power 5 coaches behind only Auburn’s Bryan Harsin.

Harsin, who kept his job following a February inquiry into his football program, is being offered at -1000 to be the first SEC coach fired this season.

Frost and Harsin are the only two Power 5 coaches with better than even odds to be the first coach let go within their respective conference. The next-shortest odds belong to West Virginia’s Neal Brown, who is the +100 favorite to be the first Big 12 coach fired this season.

First ACC Coach Fired
Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech: +200
Dino Babers, Syracuse: +225
Mike Norvell, Florida State: +275
Scott Satterfield, Louisville: +500
Mack Brown, North Carolina: +700
Jeff Hafley, Boston College: +2500
Mario Cristobal, Miami: +2500
Brent Pry, Virginia Tech: +5000
Dave Doeren, NC State: +5000
Mike Elko, Duke: +5000
Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh: +5000
Tony Elliott, Virginia: +5000
Dabo Swinney, Clemson: +6600
Dave Clawson, Wake Forest: +6600

First Big 12 Coach Fired
Neal Brown, West Virginia: +100
Steve Sarkisian, Texas: +110
Chris Klieman, Kansas State: +1000
Matt Campbell, Iowa State: +1000
Dave Aranda, Baylor: +3300
Lance Leipold, Kansas: +4000
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: +4000
Brent Venables, Oklahoma: +5000
Joey McGuire, Texas Tech: +5000
Sonny Dykes, TCU: +5000

First Big Ten Coach Fired
Scott Frost, Nebraska: -120
Tom Allen, Indiana: +400
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: +600
Greg Schiano, Rutgers: +700
James Franklin, Penn State: +1200
Jeff Brohm, Purdue: +1200
Mike Locksley, Maryland: +1600
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan: +2500
P.J. Fleck, Minnesota: +2500
Paul Chryst, Wisconsin: +3300
Bret Bielema, Illinois: +5000
Mel Tucker, Michigan State: +5000
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: +6600
Ryan Day, Ohio State: +10000

First Pac-12 Coach Fired
Herm Edwards, Arizona State: +225
David Shaw, Stanford: +250
Jedd Fisch, Arizona: +260
Karl Dorrell, Colorado: +400
Justin Wilcox, California: +500
Chip Kelly, UCLA: +1600
Jonathan Smith, Oregon State: +2500
Dan Lanning, Oregon: +5000
Jake Dickert, Washington State: +6600
Kyle Whittingham, Utah: +6600
Kalen DeBoer, Washington: +10000
Lincoln Riley, USC: +10000

First SEC Coach Fired
Bryan Harsin, Auburn: -1000
Clark Lea, Vanderbilt: +500
Eliah Drinkwitz, Missouri: +1600
Mike Leach, Mississippi State: +1600
Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss: +2000
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: +5000
Josh Heupel, Tennessee: +6600
Shane Beamer, South Carolina: +6600
Sam Pittman, Arkansas: +10000
Billy Napier, Florida: +25000
Brian Kelly, LSU: +25000
Kirby Smart, Georgia: +50000
Nick Saban, Alabama: +50000

–Field Level Media

Auburn Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin coaches against Houston during the Birmingham Bowl at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday December 28, 2021.


Auburn promotes Eric Kiesau to offensive coordinator

Auburn promoted wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau to offensive coordinator on Friday as part of three announced staff changes.

Kiesau is the third offensive coordinator in coach Bryan Harsin’s 13-plus months at the school. Mike Bobo was fired after last season and Austin Davis was hired to replace him but resigned his post six weeks later due to personal reasons.

Kiesau, 49, came with Harsin from Boise State when the latter was hired by Auburn. He was co-offensive coordinator in 2019 before being the lone person running the Broncos’ offense in 2020.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some really good coaches in my career, but very few have the offensive mind, the attention to detail and the overall plan for execution like Coach Harsin,” Kiesau said in a news release. “I’m fired up to work in a collaborative offensive environment like we have, from the head coach to the coordinator and position coaches to the analysts and all the way down to the graduate assistants. This gives you an opportunity to be successful, and our players feel that chemistry.”

The Tigers promoted defensive analyst Roc Bellantoni to linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Also, secondary coach Zac Etheridge was promoted to associate head coach.

“One of the biggest things our players and program needs going from year one to year two with us is consistency — consistency with the system, the coaches and our plan for success,” Harsin said in the news release. “Coach Kiesau and Coach Bellantoni are excellent football coaches and teachers of the game with 44 years of Division I experience between them, including 22 combined years in coordinator roles.”

Just seven days ago, Auburn completed an inquiry into Harsin’s program after nearly 20 players left via the transfer portal. Harsin’s methods of treating people — including players and coaches — were investigated the university before it was determined he would remain the coach for the 2022 season.

The Tigers went 6-7 in Harsin’s first season, finishing the campaign with five consecutive losses.

–Field Level Media