I came across an interesting website last night and took a stroll down memory lane.
Looking back at the last couple years of coaching hires, it seems that really the only hires after the bowl games were by schools that were in a bind, or had a spur of the moment coaching change not based on performance.
For example, last year the only BCS conference schools to name head coaches after Jan 1st were Vandy (surprise retirement), South Florida(Leavitt fired on Jan 8 for mistreating a player), Texas Tech (Leach vs James family saga), USC (Carrol bolted for the NFL), Tennessee (Kiffin bolted for USC, sucker), and finally Kentucky (which was more of a hand picked successor situation from what I understand and doesn't really belong on this list). This year seemed to have a lot more activity after Jan 1 than previous years (given the theme of player abuse). When it comes to coaching movement, it is my impression that the BCS schools control the non-AQ schools. Essentially upward movement of coaches from non-AQ to BCS schools causes non-AQ movement later.
If we look at the year before last, we see fewer coaching changes after Jan 1. The exception being Oregon, who hire Kelly after Belotti retired from coaching. The only other one I see (I could be missing others) is that BC had a vacancy after Jagodzinski was fired after interviewing for NFL jobs against the ADs wishes. The information above is just a summary from the link I posted, you can read more there.
My point, is that it seems to me (granted a small sample size of an inherently stochastic process) that coaching changes after Jan 1st of BCS schools are usually unexpected. That being said, is it possible that Brandon's decision to wait to evaluate the staff after the bowl game will start a new trend and push back some of the coaching carousel this year? Possibly in future years if other ADs like the idea? No doubt we have a talented staff which would be in high demand elsewhere. Is there any chance that schools would wait to fill their vacancies for Brandon's decision to see if they could poach some of RR's staff, either as assistants of head coaches (most likely for non-AQ schools for everyone except RR)? This is an obvious gamble b/c if RR and staff are retained they essentially waited for nothing.
A disclaimer: I'm not looking for speculation on whether or not RR will be fired. My point is that Brandon seems to be bucking the trend and I wonder if this will have an effect on college football in general. Also, any discussion of historical coaching changes (or retentions of staff on hot seats) at other schools similar to this one is more than welcome. Also, I realize I could have posted this in the "Why Brandon is waiting" thread. I decided not to b/c this is really a different focus than that thread's intention and I didn't want this discussion to get buried under atom bombs and boobies.
EDIT: sorry about the formatting, that was a n00b move to use the plain text editor