COACHES ON THE HOT SEAT

More than a dozen major college coaches are on the Hot Seat this season. The list includes several big names.

  • Texas' Mack Brown -- Since their national title appearance in '09, the Longhorns are 11-15 in conference play. If they get blown out by archrival Oklahoma for the third consecutive year, Brown will have no need to board the flight back to Austin.

  • Iowa's Kirk Ferentz --The Hawkeyes' longtime coach hasn't finished above .500 in the Big Ten since 2009. Adding to the case against him: The Big Ten hasn't been a very good league during that time.

  • USC's Lane Kiffin -- The Trojans' monumentally disappointing performance last season (from preseason No. 1 to six losses) and Kiffin's knack for saying the wrong thing have combined to turn up the heat. His seat is scalding.

  • Mississippi State's Dan Mullen -- The former Florida assistant (under Urban Meyer) led MSU to nine wins just three years ago. But in SEC time, that's three decades ago.

  • Missouri's Gary Pinkel -- Once one of the hottest coaches in the business, Pinkel was arrested in 2011 for suspicion of DUI and then belly-flopped last year in the SEC. Another losing season, and he's done.


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