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NCAAF Coaches & Players: Who is In, Who is Out

Every season, there are coaches in the NCAAF world that are put on the hot seat before a single game is even played. These coaches have a short leash, and should show flashes of potential early-on, or they may be out of a job before they know it. Let’s take a look at two notable coaches on the hot seat:

  • Bryan Harsin, Auburn
    • There is quite a sticky situation down in Alabama. Head coach Bryan Harsin has been investigated by the athletic department after 20 players and 5 coaches left the team. Auburn had a five-game losing streak to close the 2021 season (including a bowl game loss), which is not acceptable in a conference as strong as the SEC.
  • Herm Edwards, Arizona State
    • Coach Edwards has done a serviceable job on the field as a coach, going 25-18 in 4 seasons as head coach as ASU. However, there is an ongoing investigation by the NCAA against ASU over recruiting. This is severely impacting ASU’s ability to recruit and retain top talent. Should ASU struggle this year, look for ASU to consider a head coaching change.

Wake Forest announced that redshirt junior starting Quarterback, Sam Hartman, is out indefinitely with “non-football-related medical condition.” No other information has been given as of now, and the team is giving Hartman and his family the privacy they should deserve. Hartman was a breakout star for Wake Forest last season, and completed 58.9 percent of his throws for 4,228 yards with 39 touchdowns and 14 interceptions across 14 appearances as the team went 11-3. Hartman commented on the news, saying, “Tuesday was a frustrating day, but I am extremely grateful for our medical staff and for Dr. Chris Miles and Niles Fleet for staying with me throughout this process. I look forward to attacking this rehabilitation process and I am so appreciative of the support I have received from my family, teammates and coaches.” Mitch Griffis was named the starter for the Demon Deacons. Griffis is a redshirt freshman out of Ashburn (Va.) Broad Run High School. He ranked as the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback and No. 18 prospect in the state of Virginia.

In other quarterback news, Notre Dame names Tyler Buchner as the starter for the season. Last season, Buchner appeared in 10 games last season as Jack Coan’s backup. The sophomore will be under center for week one as the Fighting Irish travel to take on Ohio State University. Last season, Buchner went 21-of-35 passing for 298 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions and ran for 336 yards and three scores. Buchner will unfortunately be without one of the school’s top receivers, as WR Avery Davis injured his ACL (right knee) and the school said he will miss the 2022 season. Davis started 8 games last year and made 27 catches and had TDs before injuring the ACL on his left knee ending his 2021 season.

The 2022 top 25 coaches poll was released, and to no surprise, Alabama is once again at the top of the mountain. The Crimson Tide received 54 first place votes. It’s the second straight season and fifth time in seven years that Alabama has topped the preseason coaches poll. The top five is rounded out by Ohio State (five first place votes), Georgia (six first place votes), Clemson, and Notre Dame, respectively. 

Texas Longhorns receiver, Agiye Hall, has been suspended indefinitely by the team after being arrested for criminal mischief, head coach Steve Sarkisian announced. According to information obtained by Michael Casagrande of AL.com, Hall was arrested in Austin, Texas, on criminal mischief charges valued between $100 and $750. Hall was a 4-star recruit out of the state of Florida, and the fifth ranked wide receiver in the 2021 class. He was a transfer from the University of Alabama. As a freshman, Hall played in three games for the Crimson Tide, and recorded a total of four catches for 72 yards. Having to sit behind some of the juggernauts in the receiving room in Tuscaloosa, he began to complain about his playing time, which resulted in an indefinite suspension. Hall entered the transfer protocol shortly after, and was set to compete for a starting job at Texas before the news of the arrest and suspension were released. 

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Abhiyan Chhetri is a cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Abhiyan is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.

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