SEC Spring Coach Hot Seat Rankings
14. Nick Saban, Alabama
What pressure? Yeah, Alabama has to win the national title or the season is a miserable failure, but come on. Last year’s championship cemented Saban’s greatness – if it wasn’t already.
13. Kirby Smart, Georgia
That was great. Amazing. Wonderful. Now do it again, only a wee bit better. Georgia did catch a break that the East was a disaster – not getting back to the SEC Championship isn’t okay.
12. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee
Nothing matters this season. If Tennessee is a losing dud, it’s because the entire thing has to be rebuilt. If the offense scored a few touchdowns here and there, it will be an improvement.
11. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State
The pressure is to prove that Mississippi State really can win without Dan Mullen. The team is in place to do it, and now it’s up to Moorhead to show that he’s the right man for the gig.
10. Chad Morris, Arkansas
Morris wasn’t exactly the wow hire some Hog fans might have liked. Then again, Bret Bielema was coming off a few Big Ten titles, and that didn’t work. It would be nice to start out with a splash.
9. Matt Luke, Ole Miss
There’s no real pressure. Ole Miss is hamstrung by NCAA issues, and the team should take a wee step back. Luke can withstand a losing season and be more than fine, but he doesn’t want to be the coach who gets the program through the storm, only to be replaced soon after.
8. Will Muschamp, South Carolina
The last thing Muschamp wants is a dud of a season and have people start comparing his USC era to what happened at Florida with that 4-8 campaign in Year Three. Now it’s time to be in the SEC East title chase.
7. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Malzahn has been great, and he’s taken the program to high levels, but one rough 7-5 season and another Alabama national title – or close to it – puts the heat right back on.
6. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
The expectations might be lower at Kentucky, but has the Stoops era hit a wall? Two straight bowl appearances have been nice, but is that it?
5. Dan Mullen, Florida
He’s got more to work with than he ever had at Mississippi State. Now he’s at Florida. Go win a national championship, or be close to it. No biggie.
4. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Four years, four losing seasons, one bowl appearance. Yeah, Vanderbilt is always going to have to fight to get some air, but a fifth straight losing season might mean a change.
3. Barry Odom, Missouri
Just beat a good team. Mizzou was a disaster early on last year, but it beat the bad teams on the slate. Now it’s up to Odom to show that the Tigers have upside to potentially be in the SEC East chase.
2. Ed Orgeron, LSU
It’s Ed Orgeron and it’s LSU. He was on a hot seat from the word go. Going 15-6 is fine, and going 10-4 in the SEC West is fine, but the program needs, wants, and demands to be in the national championship chase.
1. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
Get comfortable with Fisher at the helm for the next ten years no matter what. However, to get rid of Kevin Sumlin, and to guarantee that contract, there has to be something big right away. No big deal, but Fisher went 10-4 with a division title in his first year at FSU.