Big Ten Football: 5 Coaches on the Hot Seat in 2014

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Big Ten Football: 5 Coaches on the Hot Seat in 2014
Nati Harnik/Associated Press

College football is filled with pressure, and there's no single person in any program that feels that pressure more keenly than a head coach.

A coach is usually one of the last to get the lion's share of the credit for a season's success, but he's often first on the list of public enemies when things go wrong.

Some coaches seem to relish their positions and feed off of the pressure.  These guys are usually pretty successful.  But sometimes a coach just doesn't fit into his own program—think Rich Rodriguez at Michigan—and the pressure soon becomes an uncontrollable, runaway chain reaction.

The first signs of that chain reaction really becoming uncontrollable is the "hot seat."  Coaches hate it, pundits love it, and fans sometimes can't wait to get it over and done with so they can see their team move on to the next coaching era.

The Big Ten—like every other conference—will have its fair share of coaches beginning the 2014 college football season on the hot seat.  The temperature of those seats may vary somewhat, but one thing is certain: These five Big Ten coaches have a make-or-break 2014 heading their way.

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