College Football Coaches in Danger of Being in the Hot Seat After Week 7 | Bleacher Report

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    Many teams are several games into the 2020 season, so that means there are a bunch of fanbases weeping and gnashing their teeth. After all, in college football, there are equal parts angst and elation.

    Coaches get paid big bucks, and the stakes are high. So, when they don’t win games, the sweat begins to roll, and there’s the possibility they’ll be put on the hot seat. 

    In other cases, there are coaches who will be under immediate pressure when their teams finally suit up. In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the sport, things can change week to week.

    Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was lauded at halftime of last week’s Georgia game, and then the Bulldogs thrashed the Vols. On Saturday, Kentucky embarrassed UT 34-7 in Neyland Stadium. Pruitt may be edging closer to a temperature check. But he just signed a contract extension, so he’s safe. For now.

    Houston’s Dana Holgorsen led the Cougars to a season-opening win over Tulane a week ago after a pandemic-delayed start to the year, and the team looked great early against BYU on Friday. But four unanswered BYU touchdowns led to a 43-26 loss, and Houston has major defensive concerns again.

    In college football, life comes at you fast.

    Neither of those coaches made this list, but they were close and are future candidates to get here. Let’s take a look at the guys who did. These coaches either have teams off to rocky starts or need immediate good fortune to keep their jobs.    

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    Out of everybody on this list, Nebraska’s Scott Frost is probably the coach with the longest leash, but the Cornhuskers aren’t going to wait forever.

    The favorite son came to corn country after leading UCF to a mythical national championship three years ago with a 13-0 record after a tough 6-7 first season in Orlando, Florida.

    Frost was tasked with turning the once-proud Huskers program into what it once was, and he has done some rebuilding on a team that needed far from an overnight overhaul. 

    But a 4-8 season followed by a disappointing 5-7 campaign that began with Nebraska ranked will not cut it. Now, he has a veteran quarterback in Adrian Martinez, but there is little margin for error in a Big Ten season that will begin for Nebraska on Saturday at No. 5 Ohio State.

    After that daunting opener in Columbus, Nebraska will head home to play No. 14 Wisconsin, visit Northwestern for a minor respite and then hosts No. 8 Penn State. That schedule has the Huskers playing the three top programs in the conference over the first four weeks of an eight-game schedule.

    It’s going to be tough for Frost to build any goodwill with a slate like that, and you have to think he needs to pull off an upset somewhere to remain in Nebraska’s good graces.

    Will Frost lose his job with another tough campaign in 2020? It’s hard to

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The rarest primate on Earth is in danger. A rope bridge could help it survive


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In a nature reserve in China, wild gibbons have been swinging and climbing their way across a rope bridge. It seems like a pastime any primate would embrace. But the bridge isn’t there for ape amusement. It’s there to help a critically endangered species survive.  

The Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus) faces high extinction rates due to habitat loss and hunting, with only about 30 of the animals alive today, according to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, a Hong Kong conservation group that’s spearheaded an effort to preserve the primates.     

The group just published a study detailing how the gibbons, considered the rarest primate on Earth, have reacted to the first artificial canopy bridge installed to help them traverse forest gaps that can impact their dispersal, foraging and even breeding opportunities. Deforestation, typhoons and landslides can all fragment forests, making it difficult for primates to navigate their environment like usual. 

“While restoring natural forest corridors should be a priority conservation intervention, artificial canopy bridges may be a useful short-term solution,” reads the study in the journal Scientific Reports. 

Conservationists installed the two-pronged 52-foot (16 meter) bridge in 2015, tying mountaineering-strength ropes to sturdy trees so the apes could pass at the site of a typhoon-induced landslide, and installing a camera to document use of the crossing in both directions. 

The gibbons had difficulty crossing the area of the landslide using fronds and leaves. And while larger males were able to leap over widely spaced trees, that method proved risky for hesitant pregnant females or those carrying infants. 


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Once the simple canopy bridge was in place at the Hainan Bawangling National Nature Reserve, photographs showed it took the gibbons a little over six months to begin crossing it, gradually increasing its use in the following years. Adult females initiated half the crossings, and juveniles tackled the other half. Most gibbons got across by “handrailing” — walking on one rope with hands holding the second rope as handrails, or climbing underneath the ropes legs first with all limbs. 

At least one brazen beast walked it like a tightrope. 


The ape version of Philippe Petit. 

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Various types of artificial crossings have helped wildlife traverse ruptured forest canopies before, but the study in Scientific Reports documents the first one constructed for the Hainan gibbon, a species endemic to China’s Hainan Island and known for singing to mark territory, enhance bonding and attract mates.

“Over 2,000 individuals were estimated to live throughout the island in the 1950s, but due to rampant poaching and forest loss, the population declined sharply to less than 10 individuals in the 1970s” before a determined effort got the number up to 30, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden says. 

As of 2020, the Hainan is the only gibbon species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List

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