One SEC coach on 'Hot Seat'

Dennis Dodd believes Rich Brooks of Kentucky is the only SEC football coach firmly on the "hot seat" heading into the 2006 season but he thinks three more league bosses could find their backsides getting a tad warm.

In his annual "Hot Seat Ratings" for, Dodd uses a 0 to 5 scale that gives the safest coaches a 0 rating and the coaches on thin ice a 5. Brooks is the only NCAA coach accorded a 5. The veteran head man has a 9-25 mark in four years at UK, including a putrid 4-20 league record.

Three SEC coaches earned 2.5 ratings – Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer, Arkansas's Houston Nutt and Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson. Essentially, this means they are in no immediate danger but the ride could get a bit bumpy if the 2006 season goes poorly for them.

Here's how Dodd breaks down his grading scale:

0-0.5: Can't be touched

1-1.5: Change highly unlikely

2-2.5: Solid position

3-3.5: On the bubble

4-4-5: Feeling the pressure

5: It's time to win now

What follows are the Hot Seat Ratings for the 12 SEC coaches:

Les Miles (Louisiana State) 0

Steve Spurrier (S. Carolina) 0

Tommy Tuberville (Auburn) 0.5

Mark Richt (Georgia) 0.5

Ed Orgeron (Ole Miss) 1

Urban Meyer (Florida) 1.5

Mike Shula (Alabama) 1.5

Sylvester Croom (Miss. State) 2

Houston Nutt (Arkansas) 2.5

Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee) 2.5

Bobby Johnson (Vanderbilt) 2.5

Rich Brooks (Kentucky) 5

To view Dodd's ratings for all 119 NCAA head coaches, go to, click on "Coll. FB" and then click on "Hot Seat: Find Your Coach."

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