- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Who's on the hot seat entering the 2012 season? And just how hot is that seat.
CBS' Dennis Dodd provides his annual ratings here. His range is from 0.0 to 5.0, from coolest to hottest. Just two coaches received the dreaded "5" rating: New Arkansas coach John L. Smith and third-year Tennessee frontman Derek Dooley. Two coaches have a "4.5" rating: New Mexico's State's DeWayne Walker and Central Michigan's Dan Enos.
Here's how Dodd stacks up the Pac-12.
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona, 0.5
Todd Graham, Arizona State, 1.0
Jeff Tedford, California, 3.5
Jon Embree, Colorado, 3.0
Chip Kelly, Oregon, 3.0
Mike Riley, Oregon State, 3.0
David Shaw, Stanford, 0.0
Jim Mora, UCLA, 2.5
Lane Kiffin, USC, 1.0
Kyle Whittingham, Utah, 1.5
Steve Sarkisian, Washington, 1.0
Mike Leach, Washington State, 0.0.
My first thought: Seats aren't terribly hot this summer. Second: Chip Kelly and Mike Riley have the same rating -- termed by Dodd "On the bubble, feeling pressure"? Really? Perhaps Dodd believes the NCAA will hammer Oregon over the Willie Lyles affair and that Kelly's seat will heat up because of that. I disagree. Three consecutive Pac-12 titles and a Rose Bowl win provide Kelly plenty of security, whatever the NCAA does.
Further, some see Riley's situation as precarious -- as in a third consecutive losing season could bring change to Corvallis, an inconceivable thought just two years ago.
Mora starting out at a 2.5 at UCLA seems a bit high, but Dodd is picking up on the general impatience in Westwood, particularly with things again going well across town.
At Stanford, Shaw is certainly secure, but there also is a fair degree of pressure to continue winning post-Andrew Luck.
What do you guys think? Should Tedford be higher? Or Embree and Whittingham lower?