Big 12 coaching carousel stable for now per ESPN’s Pete Thamel

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Strangely enough, the Big 12 is looking fairly stable on the head coaching front, at least for now among its current members. Pete Thamel of ESPN went hunting for hot seats from all 10 FBS conferences and he only named West Virginia as a situation to watch in the Big 12.

While another 5-7 season could lead to Steve Sarkisian’s name getting thrown in this conversation (Texas certainly has the money to buy him out,) the Longhorns probably don’t want another regime change so close to the move to the SEC. Sarkisian’s recruiting would also warrant keeping him on for at least another year.

Regardless, Texas is not a situation to watch, according to Thamel. The Mountaineers are alone on that front in the Big 12. The seat is not quite hot for Neal Brown in Morgantown.

With all the turnover, the only place in the Big 12 where there’s a murmur of unrest is WVU, as Neal Brown has been an unspectacular 17-18 with two losing seasons in three years. But the $16.7 million buyout brings the conversation to a hard stop, as that’s an untenable amount for WVU. The lack of certainty from future television earnings makes pondering that even more difficult. – Pete Thamel, ESPN

While West Virginia doesn’t fall on my list of Big 12 contenders for this year, they might finally have the quarterback to make a little bit of noise. J.T. Daniels transferred in from Georgia in the spring and was officially named the starter on Monday.

Looking past the Big 12, one coach whom the Sooners will see very soon is on this list: Nebraska’s Scott Frost.

The Huskers blew multiple double-digit leads against (checks notes) Northwestern. Not Michigan. Not Ohio State. Not even Maryland. Northwestern. And Frost had a hand in that, calling for an onside kick in the third quarter with the Cornhuskers up 11.

Scott Frost has more losses on different continents than conference wins since last year. If the Sooners blow out the Huskers in Lincoln or perhaps win at all, it will only get worse for Frost.

While coaching carousels are fun to follow, it is refreshing not to see the Sooners or any fierce rivals on this list. It’s easier just to focus on the important things. Like football.


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