No SEC Coaches Will Be on the Hot Seat in 2013 (OK, Maybe You, Gary Pinkel)

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No SEC Coaches Will Be on the Hot Seat in 2013 (OK, Maybe You, Gary Pinkel)
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Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel

The college football offseason is a glorious time of the year that's often filled with realignment, suspensions and overreaction to spring scrimmage performances. 

Noticeably missing from that agenda this offseason in the SEC is talk of coaches on the hot seat (well, assuming that nobody covers up a motorcycle ride with a mistress or anything).

For the most part, every coach in the SEC either has things cooking at a relatively high level or is new to the job and still in the rebuilding process.

The one exception could be Missouri's Gary Pinkel, who enters his 13th year in Columbia coming off of a 5-7 record in his first season in the SEC—a season in which his Tigers looked thoroughly unprepared for life in the nation's toughest football conference.

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Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel

Missouri went just 2-6 within the conference in 2012, losing by an average margin of 19.2 points in its six losses. The lack of depth cost Missouri in SEC games against tough opponents, including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Texas A&M.

The last of those four teams listed has to be most concerning.

Not only did Texas A&M enter the 2012 season with similar questions as Missouri, but it thrived it its transition season, going 11-2 and beating Alabama on the road.

Not a bad debut, to say the least.

Despite Missouri's recent struggles, it would take a year on par or worse than last season to get Pinkel axed in 2013, which shows just how stable the SEC is.

But despite the star power in the coaching ranks, somebody has to lose.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt and LSU head coach Les Miles seem to be polarizing figures among SEC fans, but neither are going anywhere even if the 2013 campaign turns out to be a colossal failure.

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Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen

If there's anyone in the SEC that should be on the hot seat other than Pinkel, it's Mississippi State's Dan Mullen—although he seems to have support within the administration and fanbase. Considering he's 5-21 against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams that finish the season with eight or more wins during his four years as the Bulldogs' head coach, that support shouldn't be as strong as it is.

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Despite three straight bowl games, Mullen has only raised the floor of Bulldog football. That's certainly a step in the right direction, but not something that should be tolerated for a prolonged period of time.

But Mullen being mentioned in the conversation (and Pinkel, for that matter) is more due to lack of other options within the SEC—at least when compared to previous seasons.

That's how strong the SEC is right now.

Once toe meets leather this fall, that could change in a hurry, though.

 

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