Roundtable: Next SEC coach in hot seat? 

May, 16, 2012
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Entering last season, much of the talk was about the temperature of Mark Richt’s hot seat. After compiling a 6-7 record, the natives were restless. One year, one division title, one top-five recruiting class and one new contract extension later, Richt appears to be sitting atop the icebox at the SEC coaches’ picnic. But some of his fellow coaches are sweating, and after seeing the situation up close, we are wondering: “Which SEC coach has the most pressure on him going into the 2012 season?”

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Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesJoker Phillips' number might be up at Kentucky, having spent the last two seasons floundering in an 11-14 record.
David Ching: Although it is somewhat unfair given the disaster he inherited, I believe Tennessee coach Derek Dooley's seat is probably the hottest entering the season. The Volunteers went 5-7 last season and are a mediocre 11-14 in his two seasons after taking over from Lane Kiffin.

It is apparent that the fans in Knoxville are dissatisfied after the team missed out on the SEC championship game through four straight years -- the Vols' longest drought since 1992-96, when Florida went to each of the first five league title games. The Vols have given no indication that they are ready to contend for an SEC East title, so their drought is likely to reach five this fall.
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