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What happens when a college football coach is PRE-fired?

Digging into the fates of the most hot-seated coaches in recent memory.
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The rumor mill demands that several coaches be on the hot seat at all times. But what about when the seat gets so hot that a new description—”pre-fired”—becomes appropriate? With Billy Napier and Sam Pittman headlining the 2024 class of pre-firing candidates, Richard, Steven, and Alex go down memory lane. Sometimes a pre-fired coach goes the way of Bryan Harsin or Ed Orgeron, but sometimes he goes the way of Tommy Tuberville or even Jim Harbaugh. And when the seat gets hottest, what percentage of coaches actually stick around for a while? Does anyone beat the pre-fired rap forever? Production: Anthony Vito.

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  • Dead Letters, Alex’s multiyear series on how great college football programs lose their way. Listen for free to episodes on Tulane and Nebraska. There’s much more for paying subscribers on programs like Kentucky, Ole Miss, Florida A&M, Colorado, and Arkansas.

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