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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Head Coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans walks away from Max Wittek #13 and Cody Kessler #6
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans walks away from Max Wittek #13 and Cody Kessler #6 as they warm up before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Two months from now, 31 college football teams will open fall camp with a new coach on the sidelines. That's about a quarter of FBS teams, or nearly enough for the entire NFL.

We're in the midst of an age of massive turnover, of quick dismissals and departures of football coaches who often happen to be the highest-paid public employees in their states. In an era of arms races and larger piles of TV money, the stakes are higher and coaches' leashes are shorter, the contradictions that go along with the job as evident as ever.

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