What a difference a year makes. One year ago, college coaches weren't sure if there was going to even be a season, let alone able to properly prepare for one. Several conferences ... most notably the Big Ten and Pac-12 ... announced they weren't going to play football in the fall before mounting pressure forced them to change their mind. Most schools played a conference-heavy schedule with no spring game and limited preparation -- and with everything from who you were playing to what players were available to you up in the air.
Despite that, coaches were fired after the most difficult season in memory so there is no cooling down the hot seat no matter what kind of obstacles are thrown in the way.
There is no shortage of coaches who need to show their athletic directors ... and fans ... that they are steering their programs down the right path. There are some big-time programs with big-time questions heading into the 2021 season that need to be answered. With a "normal" season of an offseason and a locked-in schedule, here are some coaches who will need to get it done in 2021 or they may be looking for a new job.