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It seems like the coaching carousel starts to turn earlier and earlier with each passing season. This season we’ve already seen a myriad of job opening come available, and it’s only week seven! USC, South Carolina, Maryland, Illinois, and North Texas have all already begun searching for their next head coach.

Each time there’s a new job opening at a power five conference school, rumors swirl of hot young coaches being poached out of the Big 12. With major openings already available at Southern Cal and South Carolina, could the Big 12 lose one of its up-and-coming coaches?

Three Big 12 coaches would appear to be the most attractive:

Art Briles has said he wouldn’t leave Baylor for another school, but if the Bears miss out on the College Football Playoff again, could he be willing to consider a place with more notoriety?

Mike Gundy hasn’t been afraid to flirt with other jobs in the past, despite Oklahoma State being his “Yankees job”. He reaffirmed his commitment to OSU over the offseason after a stormy 2014. Should a hot start to 2015 go down in flames though, could he be looking for the exit?

Gary Patterson has shown himself to be very loyal to TCU, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t immune to the advances of another school. Just look at where former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen is today.

Beyond head coaches in the conference, there’s also a few assistants that look poised to make the jump to the next level. Ever since Doug Meachum and Sonnie Combie brought their spread offense to Forth Worth, they’ve been hot names in the coaching ranks. Glenn Spencer is also receiving accolades for his defense in Stillwater, and could be persuaded to try his luck at head coaching. So we ask you, Bang or bust, a Big 12 coach will be poached this year?

Fans will undoubtedly point to reasons why their coach would never leave, but once the college coaching carousel starts to spin there’s no telling who might leave for a better opportunity.

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