Every year, it seems like college coaches have less and less room for error if they want to avoid falling on the hot seat. Here are the coaches in the Big 12 that have the most to prove this season:
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State Cyclones
Rhoads had a winning season when he took over the Iowa State program in 2009, but the Cyclones have yet to finish above .500 since. ISU has bottomed out in the last two years, posting records of 3-9 and 2-10 in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Rhoads needs to show some progress and win at least five games this year if he wants to keep his job.
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Kingsbury burst onto the scene in the coaching world in 2013, starting his first season 7-0 and taking the Red Raiders to a top-10 ranking, but they lost their last five regular season games after that and went just 4-8 last season. Texas Tech will almost certainly give their favorite son one more year even if they struggle in 2015, but Kingsbury is under a lot of pressure to take the Red Raiders to a bowl game.
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma fell short of expectations again in 2014, going from a top 3 preseason ranking to an 8-5 record and a fourth place finish in the Big 12. The Sooners have a history of underachieving in recent years as they haven't won a Big 12 title since 2008 and have finished in the top 5 in the country just once since 2004. Stoops isn't on the hot seat, but finishing another year below expectations will put him there.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed