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This is usually an annual topic. For the past couple of years, former Texas coach Mack Brown teetered on the edge of it.
Now that Brown has officially "moved on" from the Longhorns, the conversation shifts to a pair of Big 12 coaches: Kansas' Charlie Weis and West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen. In fact, Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports has Weis as one of his five coaches on the hot seat entering this season.
Weis has the tough task of turning Kansas, which went to the Orange Bowl in 2007-08 under former coach Mark Mangino, into a bowl-eligible program. Things haven't gone smoothly. Weis has four wins in two years. If the offense can't make at least marginal improvements, anything more than 3-9 seems impossible.
Many of the same issues can be said about West Virginia. The Mountaineers went 10-3 in Holgorsen's first season in Morgantown, but have trended downward since. Since WVU athletic director Oliver Luck jumped through hoops to hire Holgorsen in late 2010, he's probably willing to give his coach a longer leash.
In other words, it might take a disaster of a season—even worse than last year's—for Holgorsen to lose his job. Still, '14 is a crucial year for Holgorsen, who must show he is capable of getting the Mountaineers out of this hole.
It's never a fun line of questioning, but both coaches will likely be asked about their job security.