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Georgia's Mark Richt Sitting Pretty While Multiple SEC Coaches on Hot Seat

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates following the game against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on October 27, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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T.J. McaloonContributorNovember 3, 2012

Usually, Georgia’s Mark Richt is an easy target for a coach being on a “hot seat.” However, with Richt having the Bulldogs in first place in the SEC East division and a 8-1 overall record, his seat has cooled off.

But while his seat is cool, there are other coaches in his conference who have had the heat turned up to over 100 degrees on their seats. 

Take for example the posting from Jerry Hinnen from CBS Sports. Hinnen takes a look at four SEC coaches who all could be replaced at the end of their 2012 season. 

Out of those four coaches on that list—Kentucky’s Joker Phillips, Tennessee’s Derek Dooley, Auburn’s Gene Chizik and Arkansas’ John L. Smith—Richt is the only coach who has a winning record with his team.

In fact, two of those teams, Kentucky and Auburn, have been eliminated from postseason contention and have gone a combined 3-16. 

Tennessee and Arkansas have gone 4-5 through nine games this year. However, Arkansas has a long shot of winning the bowl-eligible six games as its last three games are against ranked opponents, No. 8 South Carolina, No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 5 LSU. 

For Tennessee, it has an easier path to six wins. However, as Graham Watson said on Yahoo! Sports, Dooley may not even be around to see if this Tennessee team can become bowl eligible saying:

Dooley might have bought himself another week with the win, but it's clear to everyone in Knoxville that his future is all about when, not if. It's possible — possible — the Vols could still become bowl eligible. Its three final games are against a lowly Missouri team, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, which might be working with an interim coach by then.

Richt should be able to make it back to the Georgia Dome for the Bulldogs second straight SEC championship game. This should be enough to keep him at his position as the head coach of Georgia’s program.

However, with four different SEC coaches winning the last six BCS championships, the University of Georgia has to be wondering when it will be joining those teams as champions. 

So Richt’s seat is safe this year compared to some of the other SEC’s coaches. However, should any of those replacements pass Richt and Georgia either next year or the following, then his seat will become as hot as these four coaches who were named earlier. 

 

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