Most coaching storylines center around the guys who are set to lose their jobs—the "hot seat" crowd, if you prefer. This season, like every other, features a great assortment of those kinds of coaches.
There are others, however, whose seasons will prove pivotal to their careers for reasons other than job security.
A few have a golden opportunity to make a name on the national radar, an opportunity that isn't likely to return any time soon. Some have conference or regional challengers creeping up from behind. Several of these coaches will lead their programs for a long time to come, but will look back on this season as a watershed moment.
And yes, some of these guys may be looking for a new program to lead by April.
Here are 10 coaches (presented alphabetically) who should treat this season as the most important of their careers, for one reason or another.