More 'hot seat'

There's nothing like posting a web note about coaches on the hot seat to stir debate. Sure enough, shortly after we recapped Dennis Dodd's annual hot seat rankings for cbs.sportsline.com we received an e-mail response.

Referring to Dodd as "a wus," the e-mailer suggested we visit coacheshotseat.com, a website whose name pretty much says it all. The site's rankings are considerably tougher than those offered by Dodd, who gave none of the 119 Div. 1 coaches worse than a 4.0 grade on his 1-5 scale.

Coacheshotseat.com lists three SEC coaches as being very much on the hot seat - Ole Miss' Ed Orgeron at No. 4, Arkansas's Houston Nutt at No. 6 and Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom at No. 13.

Here's what the site has to say about Nutt:

"With the Mitch Mustain debacle now complete, the soap opera continues in the Nutt House, and it seems that Houston is on the only guy on this planet that doesn't understand he is dead man walking. The boosters we are talking to in Arkansas tell us that only a return trip to the SEC Championship Game will save Houston's job. Looking over the Arkansas '07 schedule we see 5 sure wins, 5 either-way games, and 2 almost for sure losses. Parsing that down, we see the Hogs going 7-5, and that means Nutt will be looking for a new job come December."

Based on Coacheshotseat.com, the nine SEC coaches who aren't named Orgeron, Nutt or Croom are in pretty good shape. Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson checks in at No. 57 in a group called "Edge of Hot Seat." Kentucky's Rich Brooks is No. 62 and lumped in a category called "Safe For Now."

Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer is No. 87, followed by Georgia's Mark Richt (105), Alabama's Nick Saban (107), South Carolina's Steve Spurrier (110), LSU's Les Miles (112) and Auburn's Tommy Tuberville (114). Not surprisingly, Florida's Urban Meyer – fresh from a national title – is ranked 119th, making him the safest coach in major college football.

In case you're wondering, coacheshotseat.com's top five consists of 1. Ty Willingham (Washington), 2, Al Groh (Virginia), 3. Joe Glenn (Wyoming), 4. Orgeron and 5. Tommy Bowden (Clemson).

Former Vol Tommy West (Memphis) checks in at No. 7. Former Vol aide and Florida head coach Ron Zook, now at Illinois, is No. 11.


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