The hot seat. Every fan knows the term, every coach looks to avoid any association with the word. Coaches that find themselves on the "hot seat" are faced with enormous amounts of pressure to succeed.
All coaches feel the pressure of succeeding for their respective schools. But when a college basketball coach is facing a make-or-break season, they are on the hot seat. A prosperous season will remove any "hot seat" considerations, while another season of failing to reach expectations will only excite the discussion.
For some schools, mediocrity is enough. The occasional NCAA tournament bid will keep fans happy. Other programs expect NCAA tournament wins, not just appearances.
In both scenarios, a coach could be fired if they fail to meet those expectations. These eight coaches will feel their seat heating up if they do not succeed. Some may be out the door if improvements are not made.
Let's take a look at eight coaches that are facing make-or-break seasons in 2012-13.