Every season several college coaches begin on the hot seat, as the uncertainty surrounding their job security impacts how they lead a program. Administrators, assistant coaches, players, media and fans talk about it throughout the season.
However, aside from the coach's family, a perceived hot seat mostly impacts recruiting. Prospects do not wish to sign with a school without a coach, or with a school whose coach will likely not be there through their tenure.
A powerful Pac-12 program has a coach on the hot seat, and it has been tough to collect commitments. A Big Ten program's coach may be gone after another bad season, so it is no shock that he has struggled on the trail.