Big 12 Spring Coach Hot Seat Rankings
10. Bill Snyder, Kansas State
The guy’s name is on the stadium. The Sister Jean of college coaches can stay as long as he wants.
9. Gary Patterson, TCU
Out of all the current head coaches, only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz has been at one school longer, at least in consecutive years. He is TCU football, and a whole lot of other places would love to have him.
8. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Gundy has made the Oklahoma State job his. He’s overdue to get a big-time offer from a bigger-time program, but he’s created a nice niche that could survive a down year.
7. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
In terms of pressure, it’s Big 12 Championship Or Bust. However, after coming up with a brilliant first year, there’s no question that he’s a superstar with a huge future.
6. Matt Campbell, Iowa State
You could actually put him closer to the bottom of this list. After what he did last season, he can withstand a putrid campaign and be totally fine. However, do that, and 2017 would look like a fluke.
5. Tom Herman, Texas
You could actually put him closer to the top of this list. Yeah, he’s recruiting well and the future looks extremely bright, but it’s not like he took the program to higher level last year. This season, Texas has to look like a Big 12 champion.
4. Matt Rhule, Baylor
While he’s put in a bad situation, and he’ll be given a whole lot of leeway, going 1-11 wasn’t okay. This has to be close to a winning season, or there’s a problem.
3. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
At some point, West Virginia has to break through, get over the hump, or any other cliche you might like. It’s a bit of a down year for the Big 12, and Holgorsen has the offense to be great.
2. David Beaty, Kansas
3-33 in three years, 1-26 in the Big 12 … and he got a contract extension. Kansas has counted to three when it comes to disastrous seasons. There will not be a four.
1. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
It would’ve been very, very dicey for Kingsbury if Texas Tech didn’t beat Texas in the regular season finale and had a losing regular season. With three losing seasons in the last four years, and only one year finishing outside of the bottom half of the league, the 30-33 head man needs a big campaign.