Three Big 12 coaches who are in the hot seat next season and why

The Horns, and head coach Steve Sarkisian, are in the clear when it comes to Sark's job being at risk or the Longhorns not succeeding in the Big 12. The other coaches, however, aren't quite as safe.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian greets quarterback Quinn Ewers who threw passes to receivers at Texas Pro Day.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian greets quarterback Quinn Ewers who threw passes to receivers at Texas Pro Day. / Jay Janner/American-Statesman / USA

The Big 12 is going through some big changes as it heads toward the 2024 season and that includes a handful of new coaches on the scene.

Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah are the newest programs in the conference, while long-standing powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma are heading to the SEC.

Recent newcomers BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF have yet to see any real success in the conference as they prepare for their second season in the Big 12.

With such a new look to the Big 12, which coaches are on watch for their own job security?

These three head coaches need to lead their teams to successful seasons in 2024, and if they don’t, they may want to start checking job boards for 2025.

Sonny Dykes – TCU Horned Frogs

Yes, Sonny Dykes has only been TCU's head coach for two seasons and led the Horned Frogs to an appearance in the National Championship game.

However, Dykes and TCU absolutely flopped in 2023 and finished the season with a wildly disappointing 5-7 overall record.

Despite Dykes' success with the Horned Frogs in 2022, if he cannot improve his team's performance in 2024, his job security will be on the rocks.

Matt Campbell – Iowa State Cyclones

As Matt Campbell prepares for his ninth season with the Cyclones, he is in search of just his second successful season at Iowa State.

In 2020, Iowa State finished first in the Big 12 and capped off its incredible season with a win in the Fiesta Bowl.

However, that is the extent of Campbell's success with the Cyclones. Overall, Iowa State has gone 38-34 with Campbell as head coach and the Cyclones lost four out of the six bowl games they have appeared in.

Scott Satterfield – Cincinnati Bearcats

After impressive head coaching stints at Appalachian State and Louisville, Scott Satterfield took over the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2023 and led them to an abysmal 3-9 overall record.

The Bearcats had just one conference win in their first season of Big 12 football, against the Houston Cougars who were also in their first season as a part of the conference.

Last year, the team failed to score more than 29 points in a singular game and No. 102 in the country for points scored against Cincinnati.

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