The SEC is the home of the unnecessary hot seat when it comes to football coaches, according to Fox Sports. Four of the seven spots on the site’s list of coaches on the hot seat this season were filled by leaders of SEC programs. Many are the usual suspects, but that still doesn’t mean they deserve to be among the scrutinized.
The list features Les Miles, who spent a portion of last season under a cloud of uncertainty about his job. Despite going 9-3 last season and winning a bowl game, some are still questioning whether or not he’s the guy for the job in Baton Rouge. The Tigers got off to a 7-0 start before losing three straight games to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss, two of which were against teams in the top 25.
Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin has 36 wins in his four seasons as the head coach of the Aggies. That’s one more win than his four years at Houston, where he built up the reputation that landed him the position in College Station, but apparently it doesn’t cut it in the SEC. He has also only finished in the top half of the west division once during his tenure.
Gus Malzahn made the list as well. There are always high hopes for Auburn, and the fan base is eager to return to the level of a national contender as they were a few years ago.
Kentucky head coach finds his way on the list as a result of him having yet to produce a winning season in three attempts.