0-0.5 means ''can't be touched''
1-1.5 means ''very safe''
2-2.5 means ''solid position''
3-3.5 means ''on the bubble''
4-4.5 means ''warm seat''
5 means ''It's time to win now''
Being a diehard Southeastern Conference fan, I was most intrigued by Dodd's ratings of the SEC coaches. Those were as follows:
Mark Richt (Ga.) 0
Lou Holtz (SC) 1
Phil Fulmer (UT) 1.5
Tommy Tuberville (AU) 1.5
Rich Brooks (UK) 1.5
David Cutcliffe (UM) 2
Houston Nutt (Ark) 2
Mike Shula (Ala) 2.5
Ron Zook (Fla.) 2.5
Bobby Johnson (VU) 2.5
Jackie Sherrill (MSU) 4
I applaud Dodd's guts for undertaking such a challenging task but I think he seriously overestimates the patience level at SEC schools. Here's how I'd rate the job security of the league's coaches, using Dodd's point system:
Richt 1 (He's walking on water UNTIL he loses a game he's supposed to win)
Saban 1.5 (He's raised expectations; now he has to meet them)
Nutt 1.5 (He won the West last year with a so-so team)
Brooks 1.5 (He's expected to build on last year's 7-5 mark)
Fulmer 1.5 (He's OK unless Tennessee goes 8-5 again)
Johnson 2 (Vandy emphasizes academics, remember?)
Tuberville 2.5 (He's supposed to win big this fall ... he'd better not disappoint)
Holtz 2.5 (He's a charmer but the 'Cocks have lost five in a row)
Shula 2.5 (Franchione will be a tough act to follow)
Zook 3.5 (On thin ice from Day 1 ... recruiting skills may save him for a while)
Cutcliffe 3.5 (With a senior Manning at QB he'd better contend in SEC West)
Sherrill 5 (If his seat were any hotter it would be on fire)