SEC Spring Coach Hot Seat Rankings
14. Nick Saban, Alabama
Obviously he can’t coach anymore after what happened against Clemson … whatever. The 2019 Tide will be amazing. Alabama fans refuse to believe there will ever be a time without Saban as the head man
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 14
13. Kirby Smart, Georgia
The only thing missing now is a national championship. It’ll come. Smart will keep on cranking out teams in the mix, and things will eventually break the right way. With the way he’s recruiting, he’s as secure as can be in the SEC.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 13
12. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
The pressure was there last season to come out hot and give the fan base hope, and he more than delivered. How safe is safe? With nine years left on his current contract, he’s in for the long haul as A&M is building into a potential monster.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 1
11. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State
Can Mississippi State win without Dan Mullen? Yup. The best part about the first year under Moorhead was how the D rocked. Moorhead hasn’t unleashed his O yet.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 11
10. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
Stoops broke the hex against Florida. Start there, and he bought himself a free bad season – if there is one. What he did with his 2018 team wasn’t a miracle, but it was close.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 6
9. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Getting Vandy to a bowl game last year might have bought him a free year, but it can’t be a total disaster. The expectations aren’t going to be through the roof, but as long as he gets five wins, he’ll be fine.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 4
8. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee
While Pruitt was given a free pass for his first season, that withered away late when he needed one win in the final two games to go bowling, and couldn’t get it – losing to Vanderbilt wasn’t okay. He won’t get fired after this year no matter what, but he needs to get to a bowl game.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 12
7. Dan Mullen, Florida
Yeah, he won ten games in his first year with the Gators. So did Jim McElwain. Now the pressure is on, and the expectations are cranked through the roof after a terrific first season. It’s not too much to ask for an SEC title.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 5
6. Barry Odom, Missouri
As crazy as it might seem, the NCAA issues probably helped him because he did everything right. It was a bad call to ban Mizzou for a bowl game because of a rogue tutor, and now he’s relatively safe with anything other than a four-win campaign.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 3
5. Ed Orgeron, LSU
On everyone’s 2018 preseason hot seat list, all of the good vibes and warm fuzzies will quickly disappear if Orgeron loses four games or more. The pressure cooker for the LSU head coach is always intense, no matter what.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 2
4. Matt Luke, Ole Miss
And now the wins have to start coming, and without the superstar NFL receiver prospects. He did a good job keeping the ship afloat through the NCAA sanctions, but after going 11-13, and now with bowl eligibility on the table, he needs to get the team to a 13th game.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 9
3. Chad Morris, Arkansas
It was an interesting hire that was at least supposed to bring a difference-making offense into the equation. Instead, the Hogs under Morris had a very, very ugly 2-10 season. He won’t get fired with another 2-10 clunker … maybe. At the very least, Arkansas had better be interesting.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 10
2. Will Muschamp, South Carolina
Virginia 28, South Carolina 0 in your 2018 Belk Bowl. That’s how the 7-6 season ended in what was supposed to be a big third season for South Carolina under Muschamp. At 22-17 so far, this had better be a really, really good year.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 8
1. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Did the amazing offensive show against Purdue in the Music City Bowl show off the hope needed going forward? Malzahn now has lost five or more games in four of the last five season, and this should be a rebuilding campaign. Throw in the rough schedule, and few head coaches will have a more pressure-packed year.
Last Season SEC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 7