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Monday, September 26, 2011
Is the Pac-12 full of hot seats?

By Ted Miller

The weather may be cooling but the seats are getting hotter in the Pac-12, at least according to a website that focuses on the relative temperatures of coaches' office chairs.

Coacheshotseat.com rates five Pac-12 coaches among the 10 sitting on the nation's hottest seats.

The hottest seat is a bit of a surprise: Oregon State's Mike Riley at No. 3.

My response? No. Not even close. The hottest seats in the Pac-12 belong to UCLA's Rick Neuheisel and Washington State's Paul Wulff, who are both playing for their jobs. Neuheisel is No. 4 and Wulff No. 5 on the website's list.

I can't see a scenario where Riley gets canned. Period. Recall that before the 2010 season, when USC made a play for him, he basically signed a lifetime contract.

The website has California's Jeff Tedford and Arizona's Mike Stoops at Nos. 6 & 7.

I also believe Tedford and Stoops have enough production in the bank to survive this season, unless the wheels come off completely.

Neuheisel and Wulff? Neuheisel needs at least six wins and a bowl game to survive. At least. Wulff probably needs the same, but a competitive 5-7 finish in which he played much of the season without starting QB Jeff Tuel might be enough for him to survive into 2012.

As the calendar flips into October and November, the hotseat speculation only, well, heats up. It's one of the harsh realities of a well-paying profession. Your office chair only remains comfortable if you are winning.