Remember the Coaching Hot Seat unveiled a few weeks ago? Show Me Month isn’t even over and two coaches have already been shown the door. This while basically napalming a season barely underway gives schools a chance to make a measured review of what’s wrong…and what it needs to do right with its next hire. USC’s Lane Kiffin was taken off the team bus and fired in the early hours of Sunday after the Trojans lost to Arizona State. This is one of the top-shelf schools that doesn’t look kindly to 3 loss seasons…let alone 2012’s 7-6 campaign that included coming up short against rivals UCLA and Notre Dame. Granted, he was fighting scholarship reductions–but Ted Tollner, Larry Smith and John Robinson all were eased out of Troy after going to the Rose Bowl at one point of their tenure. One imagines that USC finds the right person to fit the position…while Kiffin finds another elite job he doesn’t merit. UConn waits a day to realize they aren’t just 0-4…but 0-4 with losses to Buffalo and Towson…and jettisons Paul Pasqualoni. And the Huskies are less than ten days removed from leading Michigan by two touchdowns in the second half. Their pool of candidates will be markedly different from USC’s…perhaps Kiffin could coach there as part of his penance.

Alma Mater Update– speaking of Paul Pasqualoni, he coached Syracuse from 1991 through 2004–guiding the Orange to a 107-59-1 mark. His career began with a bang (an upset of then #5 Florida highlighting a 10-2 campaign) but ended with the whimper of allowing 51 points twice in a 6-6 season. The Orange always seemed to come up short against the elite (a 16-10 loss to #1 Miami in 1993) while dropping games they had no business losing (East Carolina in ’95, Minnesota in ’96, NC State in ’97) that kept them one rung below a marquee bowl. But Pasqualoni’s 16-20 valley over his last three seasons was far better than the Greg Robinson peak (10 wins spread out over four years). So caveat emptor reigns whenever the hot seat is fired up.

Maryland in the Mix– can you say #25? With a West Virginia win that looks more impressive after the Mountaineers dismantled previously unbeaten Oklahoma State (IT’S THE BIG 12!). I like that the Terps will have two weeks to prepare for an extremely explosive Florida State. You almost wish they had a week off before Clemson…and no Wake Forest Jokes, please.

Hokie Heartburn– despite an impressive win over Georgia Tech, who knows which Virginia Tech team we’ll get as the season enters Moving Month? After a date with 1-3 North Carolina (who got roughed up at home by East Carolina) coach Frank Beamer’s team plays Pitt. And then they have TWO FULL WEEKS to prepare for Duke. Thank goodness…

Virginia began ACC play with a 14-3 loss at Pitt– a game that was made for the 12 noon “can’t wait for 3:30” timeslot. The Charlottesville rollercoaster ride continues. Cavalier Congrats– nice job limiting the Panthers to under 200 yards… and just one drive of more than 27 yards. only 8 yards on the ground. Max Valles led the pass rush with 2.5 sacks…while Anthony Harris notched 8 tackles and an interception. Cavalier Concerns– converting just 3 of 18 third downs. Two first quarter fumbles inside their own 20 leading to both Panther touchdowns. David Watford didn’t throw an interception…but averaged just over 8 yards per completion. Next– Saturday vs Ball State.