Life on the hot seat as a college football coach isn’t easy.
You’re feeling pressure from boosters. Your fans. Your athletic director.
You need wins, and you need them now, or else there is an excellent chance you’ll be on your way out, albeit with a healthy buyout, at season’s end to chase another job and move your family to another campus.
Your margin for error is thin, potentially eroded by several years of disappointing results. You need success.
Many coaches with warm seats have talented players, but can’t afford to lose them. That’s why they’re on the hot seat to begin with: their lack of depth means going without a prodigious talent could be the difference between a contract extension and a firing.
Here are six players who hold their head coach’s fate in their hands as we prepare for the 2014 season.