Darrell Hazell, Purdue
Hazell is 6-30 in three seasons with Purdue. What else do you need to know?
Six more coaches in need of better seasons than they had last year: Steve Addazio, Boston College; Tracy Claeys, Minnesota; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Paul Haynes, Kent State; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; and Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati.
To consider Les Miles, at right, on the dreaded hot seat at LSU entering this season suggests a lot about job security among college football coaches these days — especially those in the Southeastern Conference.
In 11 seasons as Tigers coach, Miles has 112 wins. Only one LSU coach has more, and Charlie McClendon's 137 victories came in 59 more games. Miles' .778 winning percentage is better than any coach who has had more than a 30-game stint at LSU — even Nick Saban at .750. Miles has one of LSU's three national championships.
Still, the Mad Hatter was nearly run out of Baton Rouge last season. If No. 5 LSU falls short of lofty expectations this season, expect Miles' future to become a hot topic again in Baton Rouge. Southeastern Conference championship or bust?
Around the country, several other coaches enter the season in need of some wins and a change of trajectory to keep their jobs. Here are a few: