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10 College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat In 2014

10 College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat In 2014

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Going into 2014, there are several former top programs that may be in search of a new coach if their teams underperform again. In virtually every major conference there is at least one coach already feeling the heat. With pressure, some step up and some crumble. These are 10 coaches who will need to step up this season or search for a new job come next offseason.

No. 10: Bo Pelini - Nebraska

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No. 10: Bo Pelini - Nebraska

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Record at Nebraska: 58-24
Record Last Season: 9-4

While the Cornhuskers have never been bad under Pelini, they have never been exceptional either. They've been very consistent, going either 9-4 or 10-4 in every season under Pelini. If they can't take the next step this season, Nebraska could decide to try out a new up-and-coming coaching candidate.

No. 9: Mark Stoops - Kentucky

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No. 9: Mark Stoops - Kentucky

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Record At Kentucky: 2-10
Record Last Season: 2-10

Stoops stepped into a bad situation in Kentucky and it didn't get any better in his first season. In the SEC, the Wildcats have a lot of room for improvement and a solid-signing class should help them out. If they don't make progress this season though, Stoops could be searching for a new gig.

No. 8: Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech

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No. 8: Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech

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Record at Georgia Tech: 47-32
Record Last Season: 7-6

Johnson built up a solid program at Georgia Tech, but it hasn't kept up with the increasingly pass-heavy game. The Yellow Jackets have failed to win more than eight games since 2009 and that's unacceptable. A new coach may be in order if Johnson can't get his team to compete in the ACC this season.

No. 7: Tim Beckman - Illinois

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No. 7: Tim Beckman - Illinois

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Record at Illinois: 6-18
Record Last Season: 4-8

Beckman has been at the helm of the Fighting Illini for two seasons now and, while they made strides last season, they still have a long way to go. With a 1-15 record in the Big 10 over the past two seasons, year three is make-or-break for Beckman.

No. 6: Sonny Dykes - California

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No. 6: Sonny Dykes - California

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Record at California: 1-11
Record Last Season: 1-11

Clearly, 1-11 finishes aren't going to cut it in the Pac-12. That's the record Dykes led his Golden Bears to last season and without any improvement this season, it's very likely he will be searching for a new home next year.

No. 5: Darrell Hazell - Purdue

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No. 5: Darrell Hazell - Purdue

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Record at Purdue: 1-11
Record Last Season: 1-11

Like Dykes, Hazell can't keep leading his team to 11-loss seasons and keep his job. Purdue hasn't been relevant in the Big 10 in years and unless he can take a big step toward relevance in 2014, Hazell likely won't be around in 2015.

No. 4: Mike London - Virginia

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No. 4: Mike London - Virginia

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Record at Virginia: 18-31
Record Last Season: 2-10

Somehow London has survived four seasons of sub-par football in Virginia, but a fifth year could be the final nail in the coffin in his coaching tenure there. Other than their 8-5 season in 2011, the Cavaliers haven't been above average and if that trend continues, London will likely lose his job.

No. 3: Bret Bielema - Arkansas

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No. 3: Bret Bielema - Arkansas

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Record at Arkansas: 3-9
Record Last Season: 3-9

After surprisingly leaving Wisconsin last season, Bielema led the Razorbacks to an abysmal 3-9 season. Now that he's coaching in the SEC, his leash is going to be much shorter. Anything short of a .500 season could make Bielema's stay in Fayetteville very short.

No. 2: Dana Holgorsen - West Virginia

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No. 2: Dana Holgorsen - West Virginia

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Record at West Virginia: 21-17
Record Last Season: 4-8

Holgorsen and the Mountaineers had experienced success in recent years until running into the Big 12 last season. They went under .500 and were the Kansas Jayhawks' first conference win in over 20 games. A similarly disastrous season will surely cost Holgorsen his job.

No. 1: Will Muschamp - Florida

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No. 1: Will Muschamp - Florida

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Record at Florida: 22-16
Record Last Season: 4-8

Muschamp, once one of the most coveted head-coaching prospects in the game, has struggled in Florida. The defensive-minded coach had several offensive players get injured last season en route to Florida's worst season in decades. He needs to get the Gators back to their 11-2 form from 2012 or he will be ousted.