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CBS’ Dodd Unveils Hot Seat Rankings For 2012’s Dennis Dodd has unveiled his annual rundown of hot seat rankings for college football coaches today.  According to one of his colleagues, Dodd’s ratings should be a wake-up call for those coaches scoring poorly.

Brett McMurphy — also of — 75% of those coaches given a grade of four or higher (on a five-point scale) over the last four years did… not… return the following season.

So how does Dodd view the temperature of 14 Southeastern Conference captains’ chairs?   See below:


Nick Saban, Alabama — 0.0 (Can’t be touched)

John L. Smith, Arkansas — 5.0 (Hot seat!  Win or be fired)

Gene Chizik, Auburn — 2.0 (Safe, but you never know)

Will Muschamp, Florida — 2.5 (Safe, but you never know)

Mark Richt, Georgia — 2.5 (Safe, but you never know)

Joker Phillips, Kentucky — 3.5 (On the bubble, feeling pressure)

Les Miles, LSU — 2.0 (Safe, but you never know)

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State — 1.5 (Very safe, change unlikely)

Gary Pinkel, Missouri — 0.5 (Can’t be touched)

Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss — 0.5 (Can’t be touched)

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina — 0.5 (Can’t be touched)

Derek Dooley, Tennessee — 5.0 (Hot seat!  Win or be fired)

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M — 2.0 (Safe, but you never know)

James Franklin, Vanderbilt — 1.0 (Very safe, change unlikely)


Now, this is one man’s opinion so we could all quibble with a point or two.  I wonder how/why Phillips’ is believed to be that much safer than Dooley and Smith, for example.  (Here’s guessing a lot of Kentucky fans are wondering the same.)

But one thing I will point out is that anything is possible in the rough-and-tumble SEC.  As Arkansas entered it’s first season of SEC play back in 1992, then-AD Frank Broyles fired then-head coach Jack Crowe after a season-opening loss to The Citadel.  One game.

We tend to overreact in these parts and for that reason — while I respect the time Dodd has put into giving all FBS coaches a numeric hot-seat-rating — I still realize that if things go badly enough, anyone in the SEC can go from the cool zone to the frying pan in a nanosecond.

Find an LSU messageboard and read the posts before the BCS Championship Game — when the Tigers were still 13-0 — and after their 21-0 loss to Alabama.  The Tigers’ Miles can tell you how things work in the Deep South.



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