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The eternal flame of the football coaching hot seat

Between division one college football and the National Football League, there are nearly 200 coaching positions, with many of those coaches on the hot seat each week, dependant on whether or not their team produces points and ultimately wins. This year is no different. Some notable coaching vacancies and soon-to-be vacancies include USC, Texas, and the Philadelphis Eagles. These may not be open positions, but these have surely taken some heat over the last month and especially since the start of their respective seasons.

In the college game, two names stand out as coaches who are, or even were, in one's case, on the hot seat. Lane Kiffin of USC was fired on Saturday, just a few hours after his team put up a poor showing against Aruzona state and lost 62-41. USC athletic director Pat Haden broke the news to Kiffin early Sunday morning, after the Trojans had arrived at Los Angeles International Airport a few hours after the loss at Arizona State. Haden pulled Kiffin off the team bus and relieved him of his duties during a 30-minute meeting in a private room in the airport. "This has been brewing for a while," Pat Haden said. "I have been thinking about it since the Hawaii game. We didn't feel consistency there. We realize that our history has been great and we need it to be great again."

The other coach feeling the heat is Mack Brown, the current head coach of the Texas Longhorns. After news broke on Monday of the planned resignation of athletic director DeLoss Dodds, which will occur in August of 2014, Brown's future does not look good. Dodds has repeatedly had to come to the support of his football coach, who has come under fire many times already in this young season. This goes as far as NFL Hall-of-Famers and Texas alumni saying that Mack Brown should be fired, which Earl Campbell said ealier this week. Brown led the Longhorns to a national championship in 2005, but is just 24-18 since guiding the Longhorns to the 2009 BCS title game, a loss to Alabama, which has come under fire this season. Texas is now 3-2 overall after getting their first Big 12 win on Saturday against Kansas State. Things seem to be looking up for the Longhorns as a team, but can their coach focus on them instead of the rumors? The Red River Rivalry will be the biggest test for Mack Brown's future, as well as a tough test for his Longhorn football team. Beat Oklahoma in that game in Dallas, and the job is yours, but lose and you're fired. How's that for a little pressure, Mack?

Moving to the NFL, someone who took the league by storm in his first game as a head coach was Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles. In week one, the Eagles picked apart the Washington Redskins defense, and what was hailed as Chip Kelly's genius had its coming out party. Well those days are over as an offensive mastermind, and in are the days of being unprepared and having a "college" offense. Funny how quickly things can change in three weeks. Philly hasn't exactly been the best ambassador to their coaches, remember Andy Reid Eagles fans? If there is a coach who can turn this around in a week, it is Chip Kelly with his electrifying offense.

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