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There are coaches who may end up on the hot seat at the end of the season, but for now they are safe. Let's take a look at the seven coaches who are feeling some pressure but whose seats aren't completely on fire.
Bret Bielema (Arkansas) - Season one in the SEC was a disaster for Bielema, as the Razorbacks took a ton of lumps on the way to a 3-9 (0-8 SEC) finish. It wasn't how Bielema wanted to get going at all, and with him making a reported $5.15 million, the Razorbacks need much more out of their investment. Bielema faces a new-look defensive coaching staff, and that will be key to the Razorback's improvement in 2014.
Ron Turner (Florida International) - How Mario Cristobal is not the head coach here will remain a mystery, but his replacement took this team down quickly. FIU went 1-11 and 1-7 in its new home of Conference USA. Couple that with a lack of enthusiasm in the community, and Turner has some work to do this year. However, one season shouldn't make or break a coach, and Turner will likely get some time to mold this program in his image.
June Jones (SMU) - For $1.91 million, SMU expects and should be getting better than mediocrity out of Jones and his Mustangs. After flirting with, but staying at or over, .500 since year two at SMU, Jones' Mustangs finished 2013 at 5-7. What Jones did at Hawai'i seems like a distant memory, and if he can't get the Mustangs back to winning eight or more games, this could be an uncomfortable season in Dallas.
Bill Blankenship (Tulsa) - There were few coaches leading the same team with a worse reverse-turnaround than Blankenship and the Golden Hurricane. After winning 11 games in 2012, Tulsa went 3-9 last season, and that won't cut it for a school looking to remain relevant in a state dominated by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Injuries didn't help last season, but with a move to The American those results aren't likely to be tolerated.
Bob Davie (New Mexico) - Yes, New Mexico isn't exactly the end-all, be-all of college football coaching positions, but Bob Davie still has some pull to his name thanks to his time at Notre Dame. After investing around $750,000 dollars annually in Davie, the Lobos were looking for more than seven wins in two years. It could be time to step up or step aside for Davie depending on 2014 results.
Justin Fuente (Memphis) - Fuente led the Tigers to a three-game win streak to end the 2012 season, his first in Memphis. Hope was that it would lead to momentum heading in to the first season in The American. That didn't happen, as Memphis won one game in conference play and went 3-9 overall. While Fuente is a younger coach, and Memphis could afford to be a bit more patient, there needs to be at least a flirtation with a bowl game for Fuente to feel like he's off the hot seat.
Bo Pelini (Nebraska) - It seems like an annual tradition to say Pelini is on the hot seat. However, if all of the things that happened in 2013 weren't enough to get him fired, there's not much else that would. Pelini could finally be breathing a sigh of relief this offseason, as new athletic director Shawn Eichorst has been 100 percent behind him. As long as Pelini continues to win nine games or division titles, he will once again stay off the hot seat.