Coaching Hot Seat Rankings - Big East
West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart
West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart
Posted Apr 5, 2010

Which coaches are on the hottest seats? Beyond just the idea of a coach possibly being fired for not winning, the rankings are also based on who's under the most pressure. Ranking all the Big East coaches and how much pressure they're under.

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Coaching Hot Seats - Big East

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By Pete Fiutak  

A hot seat isn't always what the media makes it out to be. When a coach is on the proverbial hot seat, usually it means he needs to win now or he'll be fired, but it could also mean a lot more. It could mean a coach needs to start winning because he's under pressure (Mark Richt), but isn't under real threat of being fired. It could mean he's winning, but is in an impossible situation and can't afford a slip (Jim Tressel after last year's loss to Purdue). Or it could mean he needs to win big just because he does (Urban Meyer).

So keeping in mind that for this, Hot Seat doesn't necessarily mean win-or-get-fired and it's more about who's under a lot of pressure (and yeah, in some cases it is a win-or-else situation), here's the ranking of the all 120 coaches and where they fit in on the warm butt scale.

Ranked from highest to lowest on the pressure scale

Bill Stewart, West Virginia
The Mountaineer fans might not like Rich Rodriguez, but they liked his success. Everyone likes Stewart, but he needs to start cranking out Big East titles.
Status: There are grumblings, but he's safe for at least one more year as long as 2010 is decent.

Skip Holtz, South Florida
After all the drama from Jim Leavitt, who was South Florida football, Holtz has to be an upgrade and needs to win right away. Leavitt's teams were flaky, but they went to bowls.
Status: He doesn't have to win a Big East title, but he can't afford a losing season.

Doug Marrone, Syracuse
No one is expecting miracles, but the one-time power program has to finally take a step forward. Remember, Marrone wasn't exactly a sure-thing hire.
Status: He'll get one more year to rebuild, but there has to be signs of life.

Butch Jones, Cincinnati
After the success of Brian Kelly, all Jones has to do is keep the momentum going for a program that came within a missed Texas field goal from playing for the national title.
Status: At the very least, the offense had better be explosive or 2011 will be tense.

Dave Wannstedt, Pitt
He just signed a new contract. That's a strange vote of confidence for a coach who has had the most talented teams in the conference over the last few years and hasn't done enough with them.
Status: The pressure has always been on, but Pitt's not going to eat the contract.

Charlie Strong, Louisville
After the Steve Kragthorpe era, there's no pressure whatsoever. Anything Strong does will be hailed as a plus.
Status: He'll be given at least a year, most likely two, to try to right the ship after the disaster of the last few seasons.

Randy Edsall, Connecticut
After handling tragedy and adversity with as much grace and class as could ever be reasonably asked for. He has made UConn football Big East relevant.
Status: He's in Storrs as long as he wants to be there.

Greg Schiano, Rutgers
Even though there haven't been BCS appearances and championships, what Schiano did to make Rutgers a player after years and years of disaster and embarrassment will keep him around until he's ready to jump to the next major job opening.
Status: For what he has done in an impossible situation, he's Rutgers football.