Kirby Smart had better be careful.
The Georgia coach was named SEC coach of the year by the Associated Press after last season and rightfully so.
But that’s a bit of a kiss of death unless you’re Nick Saban.
Saban has won it four times, three at Alabama, and is still employed. It hasn’t been so great for some of the other coaches.
* Terry Bowden, Auburn: SEC COY in 1993 and fired in ’98.
* Mike DuBose, Alabama: Coach of the year in 1999 and fired after the following season.
* Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee: Coach of the year in 1998 but this poison took awhile because he wasn’t let go until 2008.
* Houston Nutt, Arkansas: He won the award twice in 2001 and 2006 and a year after the latter award stepped down at Arkansas in the middle of controversy. A few days later, he emerged as the coach at Ole Miss, which fired him in 2011.
* Mark Richt, Georgia: Winner in 2002, unceremoniously dumped in 2015.
* David Cutcliffe, Ole Miss: Shared the award with Saban in 2003 and was fired after the next season.
* Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State: The SEC’s first African-American head coach was the winner in 2007 and was fired a year later.
* Gene Chizik, Auburn: Coach of the year and a national champ in 2010, he was gone two years later after an 0-8 SEC mark.
* Les Miles, LSU: He won the award in 2011, was almost fired in 2015 and then was canned early in the 2016 season.
* Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: The coach of the year in 2012, he was dismissed last season. By the way, he shared the award in the coaches’ vote with Will Muschamp of Florida, who lasted only two more seasons.
* Jim McElwain, Florida: Winner in 2015, lasted only 21 more games before being fired.
Now, Dan Mullen won it in 2014 and is still employed, but at another school by choice. Steve Spurrier won four times, three at Florida, and is still employed at UF as a consultant.