Via Military Times’ After Action blog, here’s CBSSports.com’s rankings of which coaches have the hottest seat coming into the season. Not too surprisingly, Air Force’s Troy Calhoun ranks very high on the list, though it’s still a bit startling to see the elite and small group Calhoun is with on this list.
The site ranks job security, or how hot the seat is for each coach, on a 0-5 ranking. The 0.0 and 0.5 rankings mean that coach “can’t be touched.” There were 15 coaches that got a 0.0 ranking, including Calhoun. He was joined by coaches like Alabama’s Nick Saban, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema, Boise State’s Chris Petersen, Michigan’s Brady Hoke and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy – some of the best in America. There were 15 other coaches that got a 0.5 ranking.
Technically, I do agree with Calhoun’s place on this list. Air Force is not firing him, I think everyone knows that. He has done fantastic things, leading the Falcons to a bowl game every year, and the athletic department is thrilled with him. But taking a step back from the actual odds Calhoun’s job is in danger (roughly 0 percent), I’d be more curious to know his “approval rating” from fans. Last season wasn’t a banner year for the Falcons – though they did still continue the bowl streak and win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. The Falcons face a bit of a rebuilding season this year, replacing a lot of starters, though I don’t think continuing the bowl streak is too much to ask.
So what say you, Falcons fans? Is Calhoun’s approval rating still about perfect? Has it dipped at all?