Pick 6: Coaches on the hot seat entering 2014

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2014 at 10:38 am •  Published: August 16, 2014
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Coaches often say they are always on the hot seat. That might be true, but some seats are hotter than others.

Last season, Southern California and Texas changed coaches and created a cascade of corresponding moves.

A similar situation could play out this season, with a few coaches in high-profile positions heading into 2014 very much in need of winning records and quality victories.

Six coaches entering pivotal seasons for their job security.

Will Muschamp, Florida:

Muschamp had a mediocre first season (7-6), a great second season (11-2) and a terrible third season (4-8) with the Gators. Injuries played a big part in ruining 2013, but oh that offense was ugly. Kurt Roper was hired away from Duke to be the coordinator. Roper plans to spread things out more, up the tempo at times, and benefit from the return of quarterback Jeff Driskel, who missed most of last season with a knee injury. Muschamp has plenty of talent to work with on the defensive side. Another losing season would not be tolerated in Gainesville. The question is just how big of a turnaround does Muschamp need?

Brady Hoke, Michigan:

While Muschamp's time at Florida has been up and down, Hoke's three-year stint with the Wolverines has been a steady decline. Eleven victories. Eight victories. Seven victories. It's one thing for the Wolverines to chasing Ohio State. But Michigan State, too? Hoke is also banking on a new offensive coordinator to fix some of his problems. He hired Doug Nussmeier, whose offenses put up big numbers at Alabama even though they weren't quite what Nick Saban was looking for. The Wolverines have a roster loaded with highly rated recruits, but short on experience. It looks like a team set to blossom next season. Hoke might not be able to wait that long.

Charlie Weis, Kansas:

The Jayhawks have improved in two seasons under Weis, going from one victory to three last season, including their first Big 12 win since 2010. Improved is still a long way from good. The Jayhawks are loaded with experience and should have their best team under the former Notre Dame coach. But will another small step forward be enough?

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