Miami (OH) Fires Head Coach Don Treadwell


Nov 09, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami RedHawks head coach Don Treadwell leads the team onto the field at the start of the second half against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple defeated Miami Ohio 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Through six weeks of the college football season, the Miami of Ohio Redhawks are 0-5 and things are not looking as if they’re going to get better as the team gets into the heart of the MAC schedule. I’d like to tell Miami fans that things might get better, but, Ben Roethlisberger isn’t walking through that door.

And, after today, neither is Don Treadwell as the head coach of this program.

Treadwell was fired by the school on Sunday, less than 24 hours after that fifth loss of the season, a 21-9 defeat at the hands of Central Michigan. As college football becomes more and more of a business-type, “what have you done for me lately?” environment, Treadwell is the third FBS coach to be let go during this season, following USC’s firing of Lane Kiffin and Paul Pasqualoni being relieved of his duties at Connecticut.

Playing in a league, the MAC, where we’ve come to expect all forms of excitement, the Redhawks have been anything but. Their closest contest this season was a 14-0 loss to Cincinnati. Other than that, they’ve been blown off the field by Marshall (52-14), Kentucky (41-7), and Illinois (50-14). Many credited the inferior play to Treadwell’s insistence on a run-based offense.

The coach will leave his alma mater with a career record of just 8-21. For now, assistant Mike Bath will take over the interim duties.

But, as for names to possibly take over the slot on a full-time basis, how about everyone’s favorite banker/former Florida Gators/Illinois head man: