Since the start of the 2017 college football season, only two Big 12 head coaches have been fired (David Beaty and Kliff Kingsbury), by far the fewest firings of any FBS conference over that time.
Entering the 2019 season, it was difficult, and arguably borderline impossible, to foresee a Big 12 head coach getting fired during or after the season for on-the-field reasons. And indeed, the Big 12 was the only FBS conference without a firing. And, even more remarkably, the Big 12 could go another year without a firing.
If the 10-team conference goes another year without a firing, part of the reason might be attributed to a likely slow coaching carousel as programs retain coaches instead of paying six-, seven-, and eight-figure buyouts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the fact remains, the Big 12, unlike every other conference in college football, doesn’t a have a true hot seat.
On this week’s Big 12 preview episode of the High Motor podcast, we discuss the non-existent Big 12 hot seat (along with dark horses, irrelevancy, and more). Listen below (or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere else):