Will Bryan Harsin make it through the season?
The SEC is the most cutthroat league in college football. With the exception of a small minority, all coaches are on the hot seat in this league.
WIN NOW OR ELSE
Bryan Harsin – Auburn
We’re surprised he’s at the top of this list only because losing his job after last season seemed inevitable. It seemed like an odd fit from day one and, after one season, it doesn’t seem less odd.
THINGS ARE GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE
Clark Lea – Vanderbilt Commodores
He’s only had one year as Vanderbilt’s head man, but 0-8 in conference play will put you in the crosshairs quickly. You’d typically think a new coach has at least three season, but in the SEC that might not be the case.
Eli Drinkwitz – Missouri Tigers
Drinkwitz had some recruiting momentum when he was hired, but that momentum appears gone. 8-10 in SEC play is respectable. Will his bosses at Missouri be okay with middle of the pack?
COMFORTABLE, FOR NOW
Billy Napier – Florida Gators
He hasn’t had his first game as Florida’s head coach but at Florida are you never not on the hot seat?
Shane Beamer – South Carolina Gamecocks
A respectable 7-6 in his first season with South Carolina. Beamer seems to have some recruiting momentum going. As long as things continue to trend up, he should be safe for a while.
Mike Leach – Mississippi State Bulldogs
College football needs Mike Leach. SEC football needs Mike Leach. If Mississippi State moved on it would more likely be because Leach wore out his welcome than poor football.
Jimbo Fisher – Texas A&M Aggies
At some point A&M will expect wins and trophies to match Fisher’s talk and recruiting rankings.
Brian Kelly – LSU Tigers
Another odd fit. Despite the large contract, the leash is short. Win big quickly or Kelly goes to the top of the hot seat list.
Sam Pittman – Arkansas Razorbacks
This tenure is going better than most expected. A solid 9-4 2021 season and hanging tough with some of SEC’s recruiting heavyweights.
Mark Stoops – Kentucky Wildcats
We know what we are going to get with Stoops at Kentucky. A lot of .500 football with a few 10-3 seasons mixed in. It helps he’s at a basketball school.
Josh Heupel – Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee seems happy with Heupel for now. Any momentum does seem to be built on a house of cards that could come crashing down quickly.
Lane Kiffin – Mississippi Rebels
Kiffin is right next to Leach in the people-college-football-needs department. Another year like last season and the NFL might come calling.
NAME YOUR PRICE
Kirby Smart – Georgia Bulldogs
There’s only one untouchable coach in college football, but another national championship could put Smart near Saban status.
Nick Saban – Alabama Crimson Tide
Saban will be done at Alabama when Saban says he’s done at Alabama. Unless Alabama’s administration is overtaken by the Alabama message board poster that claims the dynasty is crumbling because Alabama was outscored in the 2nd half of their 40-point victory.