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Charlie Strong is tasked with restoring the once-mighty Texas Longhorns to prominence. Strong succeeds Mack Brown, who guided the Longhorns to a 158-48 record, two Big 12 Conference championships a national championship in 16 seasons at the helm. The former Louisville coach lifted the Cardinals to a 37-15 record in his four years there, including a 12-1 season in 2013.
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Mike London has been on a downward spiral since leading Virginia to an 8-5 record and berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in his second season. The Cavaliers have won just two Atlantic Coast Conference games since 2012, including a 0-8 record last season. Virginia can't endure another winless record against the ACC if London intends to keep his job.
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Frank Beamer is the longest-tenured coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since Beamer arrived at Virginia Tech in 1987, the Hokies have amassed a 224-109-2 record and played in 21 consecutive bowl games. But after eight seasons of double-digit wins during which time Virginia Tech won four ACC titles, the Hokies have slipped to seven and eight wins, respectively, the past two years. Beamer should be able to script his own exit, but the standard he set for the Hokies might doom him if he can't elevate Virginia Tech back to the upper-echelon of college football.
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West Virginia fans expected to be better since Dana Holgorsen was chosen to succeed Bill Stewart before the 2011 season. Holgorsen came to West Virginia to serve as Stewart's offensive coordinator for one season, but he was thrust into the job prematurely after Stewart abruptly resigned under pressure. The Mountaineers have gotten progressively worse under Holgorsen, going from 11 wins in 2011 to seven in 2012 to four in 2013.
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Bo Pelini didn't make any friends when audio tapes of him belittling the Nebraska fan base were made public last September. He has since apologized, but it doesn't help that the Cornhuskers are 0-3 in conference championship games under his watch, including a 70-31 loss in the 2012 Big Ten Conference title game.
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Bobby Petrino has a reputation for his nomadic nature, leaving Louisville after the 2006 season to coach the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. He resigned in December 2007 and took over at Arkansas in 2008, but he was fired before the 2012 season in the aftermath of his motorcycle crash. He returned to coaching at Western Kentucky last season, leading the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record. Now he's back at the school where he got his first head coaching job. Will Louisville be his last stop?
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James Franklin is in his first year at Penn State after three surprising seasons at Vanderbilt. The Commodores, once the doormat of the Southeastern Conference, never lost fewer than six games under Franklin and went to three consecutive bowl games. Franklin follows Bill O'Brien, who ditched the Nittany Lions for the NFL after two seasons at Penn State. Can Franklin be as successful in "Happy Valley" as he was in Nashville?