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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Which Big 12 coach's seat is hottest?

By David Ubben

The Big 12 coaching hot seat has been pretty quiet lately, but Kansas' Turner Gill heated his up in a hurry by losing the final 10 games of 2011 and failing to win a conference game. It's pretty difficult to get fired after two seasons in college football, but going 5-19 and winning one conference game in two seasons is a good way to do it.

Losing six games last season by 30 points or more helped, too.

So, what's the hot seat in the Big 12 look like heading into 2012? Here's what CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd says, followed by my comments:

Art Briles, Baylor

This is what a 10-win season and Heisman winner at Baylor does. You could easily make the case that Briles is now a living legend in Waco.

Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

Rhoads led ISU to an amazing second bowl game in three years, and capped off the season by signing a 10-year extension to his contract. Big upsets (Nebraska '09, Iowa/Texas '10, Oklahoma State '11) have put ISU on the national college football map, too.

Charlie Weis, Kansas

Weis is a newcomer with a fresh slate at KU. Expectations are low, which may aid him in the short run.

Bill Snyder, Kansas State

You don't fire a coach whose name is on the highway entering the city. Moving on ...

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

Stoops didn't shy away from national championship expectations last year, but the Sooners fell well short, all the way to three losses and the Insight Bowl. There's no reason to believe that was the start of a program decline, though.

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

Gundy loves Oklahoma State, and OSU loves him even more than ever after giving the program its first-ever Big 12 title and returning a team that should easily make a bowl game in 2012. These two are stuck together for the long haul.

Mack Brown, Texas

Totally disagree with this one. How does an improvement from five wins to eight wins equal a rise in seat heat? This is the year where Texas has some more expectations, and if the Longhorns stumble to 6-7 wins, Brown will be feeling a lot of heat entering 2013. It'll only come from the fans to start, but the administration will be forced to listen if the Longhorns can't climb back near the top of the Big 12 heap.

Gary Patterson, TCU

Where's MC Hammer on those rare occasions when he's needed? Welcome to the Big 12.

Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

Tuberville might even be pushing a four in my book. He's had lots of legitimate excuses for Tech's recent slide, most notably injuries. That said, patience is wearing thin, even in the face of record contributions and outstanding recruiting classes. Tech needs wins now.

Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Holgorsen doesn't have enough capital built up to the point where a couple rough seasons wouldn't faze the fan love he's feeling, but WVU is doing everything to move in the right direction, and winning a Big East title and BCS game in your first season earns a whole lot of love from the Mountaineer faithful.