Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Perhaps the best way of showing the Big 12's competitiveness is by checking the list of "Coaching Hot Seats" that the Web site coacheshotseat.com compiles throughout the season.
According to the Web site, three of the hottest six seats nationally belong to Big 12 coaches whose teams didn't make bowl trips.
After his coaching shakeup last week, Iowa State's Gene Chizik is ranked third nationally -- behind only Notre Dame's Charlie Weis and Louisville's Steve Kragthorpe.
Mike Sherman of Texas A&M is fifth and Dan Hawkins of Colorado is sixth.
Which shows that spending the holidays at home with your family rather than preparing for a bowl game probably isn't a good thing for the security of most college coaches.
Here's the site's current listing of Big 12 coaches.
It also shows that five of the 21 coaches with the most stability are in the Big 12 (Stoops, Brown, Leach, Gundy and Pinkel). And their stability makes it that much more difficult for the newer coaches to produce in their jobs.
The Web site also judged two recent Big 12 assistants who have made the jump to head-coaching positions. Former Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, now at Wyoming, is 38th. And former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman, now at Toledo, is listed at 40th.