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Which coaches are on the hot seat heading into the 2015 season?

Tim Beckman means one down...

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We couldn't even get through week one, folks. Tim Beckman, we hardly knew ye.

But that's life in a coaching carousel that has become a year-round event.  As college football coaching contracts continue to grow, so does scrutiny.

Luckily Ohio State has Urban Meyer. That solves most of your problems. Not everyone is so lucky.

In the Big Ten, as well as nationally, 2015 could very well be the end of the line for more than a few coaches unless they can turn things around quickly.

That loss though also comes with opportunity. Urban Meyer's coaching tree continues to grow and enjoy wild success around the country. Maybe the only thing Meyer does better than win football games is develop quality coaches (Tim Beckman was the weak branch).  So just like Tom Herman last year, Buckeye assistants figure to be among the hot names at more than a few spots. In other words - enjoy Ed Warriner and Chris Ash this year - it very well could be their last.

And while it's easy to make fun of Tim Beckman - he probably won't be the only coach potentially looking for work soon. Let's look at some of the other coaches on Ohio State's 2015 schedule that might not be around next year for a rematch.

Frank Beamer - This one is difficult. Frank Beamer is Virginia Tech football and Virginia Tech football is Frank Beamer. The longest tenured head coach in FBS has had a tough go of things the past few seasons, but does another disappointing campaign mean it's time to start the Bud Foster era in Blacksburg? It's likely, and probably deserved, that Beamer has built up enough good will to personally decide when it's time to hang things up. So it's hard to see this one happening this year, but the day is coming sooner than later.

Norm Chow - He 69 years old. He waited until he was 66 to become a head coach. Suffice to say not only is his job in jeopardy, but so is the very existence of the Hawaii football program, due to huge financial constraints. Optimism on the island isn't exactly exploding after just eight wins under three season with Chow, but with a budget-strapped athletic department and a slightly better on-field product, he might be able to celebrate his 70th birthday on the sidelines.

Kevin Wilson - Which job is harder to succeed at? Indiana or Hawaii?  Wilson seems like a good coach and has a track record of innovation on the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, that hasn't translated to wins for the fifth-year head man.  Injuries and bad luck have played a role, but a bowl game might be the only way to save his job at a program that hasn't had sustained success since the Bill Mallory-era. Should Wilson not be able to turn things around, this is definitely a place where we could hear some Ohio State assistants in the conversation as potential replacements.

Randy Edsall - After building a stable, consistent winner at Uconn, Edsall has had some middling success with the Terrapins. However, with Big Ten and Under Armor money raising expectations within the athletic department, 2015 may be a make or a break year. And given the schedule and personnel losses Maryland is dealing with, I'm leaning more toward the break side of things. Edsall can buy himself some time with a strong recruiting class this cycle, but if the wheels really fall off this year, can that be enough to save him? And will he be able to hang on to everybody?

Kyle Flood - It's a tribute to Rutgers football success that a coach could be considered on the hot seat after an eight win season. Flood's seat is at least lukewarm, but a complete disaster-type year could have it heating up quickly. Reports of potential violations may make a move here easier for the Rutgers brass - here's their opportunity to bring Greg Schiano home.

Jim Harbaugh - Probably headed to the Colts to team up with Andrew Luck again, right?

There's a few other B1G coaches who avoid Ohio State this year, which isn't exactly the worst thing for their chances at survival.

Kirk Ferentz - The prevailing thought used to be that eventually the lure of the NFL would be too much and Ferentz would bolt. There's probably not as much reason for Hawkeye fans to be worried about this anymore. Now, after years of listless football, it seems that Ferentz's large buyout may be what keeps him in Iowa City, even if the team struggles. He is entering his 17th season there, which is a near eternity in today's coaching world. I'd wager a healthy amount that he's back for an 18th at the helm.

Darrell Hazell - The former Tressel protégé enters his third year at Purdue with just a single Big Ten victory. And while it's safe to say Joe Tiller isn't walking through that door, Boilermaker fans are ready to see more from the man who nearly took Kent State to a BCS game. Minimal progress, and that's all there might be room for, is probably enough to keep Hazell employed.

Elsewhere around the country...

Al Golden probably faces the hottest seat in the country as he tries to turn Miami back into Miami. Paul Rhoads has to rebound quickly from a ten loss season at Iowa State. Paul Petrino's two wins in two years doesn't help to distract anyone from his off the field issues at Idaho. Ron Turner hasn't quite set the world on fire at FIU, and they could struggle again this season. Did you know Doug Martin is the head coach at New Mexico State? He might not be for long, but give yourself credit if you did. Mike London needs to turn recruiting success into wins at UVA. The novelty might be wearing off of Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and his mentor Mike Leach at Washington State. And finally, despite he repeated denials, it's hard to imagine the end of the line isn't near for head ball coach Steve Spurrier at South Carolina. At least he already has the golf game for retirement.