Any hot seats in the SEC?


Published: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 5:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 5:27 p.m.

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It's the conference with the most pressure, which often means it's the conference with the least job security. The SEC can chew up coaches and spit them out, meaning new faces almost every year when SEC Media Days take place in Hoover.

It's a little unusual this year since both of the new head coaches got their jobs without anybody being fired. Joker Phillips was the coach in waiting when Rich Brooks decided to retire at Kentucky, and Derek Dooley took over at Tennessee after Lane Kiffin bolted.

Next year in Hoover, there's a good chance we'll see the same 12 guys we interview next month. Or will we?

Alabama: Obviously, Alabama fans are in love with Nick Saban and for good reason. I doubt he's going back to the NFL and he has one of the best jobs in football. So he's not going anywhere.

Arkansas: Bobby Petrino has the Razorbacks poised for a big season. Might he leave for greener pastures? Probably depends on what opens up.

Auburn: Gene Chizik was a surprise hire but has been successful. Not going anywhere.

Florida: Obviously, we have to see how Urban Meyer handles stress this fall. But it's obvious he is in his dream job.

Georgia: Georgia's athletic director and president have stated that Mark Richt is not on a hot seat. But another disappointing season could warm it up.

Kentucky: It's the first year for Phillips. It will be interesting to see how he does, but he's going to get more than one year.

LSU: Les Miles may have the hottest seat in the league. LSU fans are not happy with his coaching and time management issues since the 2007 national championship.

Mississippi: Houston Nutt's name always comes up when high-profile jobs open up. We'll see.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have their cowbells and the coach they can believe in. But it's still Starkville. If Dan Mullen gets a winning season, he'll be a hot property.

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier can't seem to find the magic in Columbia, but he's happy where he is and there is no way they would consider letting him go.

Tennessee: First year for Dooley. Great last name. Let's see if he can coach.

Vanderbilt: Bobby Johnson's program has regressed. Vandy seems resigned to its fate.

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