2012 College Football Hot Seat Ratings: Getting Hotter/Cooling Down

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer



Dennis Dodd has released his College Football Hot Seat Ratings for the 2012-13 season. Job security is very fluid, but we decided to take a look back at his 2011 ratings to see how things have changed.

Below are some of the notable risers and fallers ratings.
(NOTE: The Hot Seat Ratings are 0-5, with a 4-5 designating a "hot seat." Click here for the full key)

SEATS GETTING HOTTER

Rich Ellerson, Army
2011 Rating: 0.5
2011 Record: 3-9
2012 Rating: 3
Outlook: Ellerson did deliver the Black Knights' first bowl appearance since 1996 (and first bowl win since 1985), but as Navy and Air Force continue to see their programs improve fans will want more than 3 wins in West Point.

Gene Chizik, Auburn
2011 Rating: 0
2011 Record: 8-5
2012 Rating: 2
Outlook: Chizik's seat is far from "hot," but the pressure will increase with the departure of Gus Malzahn and Ted Roof. Chizik will now shoulder the blame of any losing, especially with the recent success in Tuscaloosa.

Frank Spaziani, Boston College
2011 Rating: 1.5
2011 Record: 4-8
2012 Rating: 4.0
Outlook: The Eagles have decreased their conference and overall win count each season since Spaziani took the helm.

Dan Enos, Central Michigan
2011 Rating: 2.0
2011 Record: 3-9
2012 Rating: 4.5
Outlook: After four straight years of bowl appearances from 2006-09, Enos' back-to-back 3-9 seasons have him on the edge at Central Michigan.

Jon Embree, Colorado
2011 Rating: 1.0
2011 Record: 3-10
2012 Rating: 3.0
Outlook: With a conference jump and a new coach, there was a renewed sense of optimism. However, double-digit losses will quickly change the mood for any program.

Will Muschamp, Florida
2011 Rating: 0.5
2011 Record: 7-6
2012 Rating: 2.5
Outlook: Muschamp will constantly be under the microscope at Florida, especially after a frustrating 3-5 showing in league play. Still far from the hot seat, but the honeymoon has worn off in Gainesville.

Robb Akey, Idaho
2011 Rating: 1.0
2011 Record: 2-10
2012 Rating: 4.0
Outlook: Idaho is already facing possible demotion to the FCS because of the mass exodus in the WAC, and a pair of 2-10 finishes in the last four years doesn't help Akey's security as the face of the program.

Joker Phillips, Kentucky
2011 Rating: 1.5
2011 Record: 5-7
2012 Rating: 3.5
Outlook: Phillips' transition to head coach has not been as smooth as some thought, and missing the postseason for the first time since 2005 has not helped his cause. The SEC has more bowl ties than any conference, and no fan likes to see their team left out.

Randy Edsall
, Maryland
2011 Rating: 2.0
2011 Record: 2-10
2012 Rating: 4.0
Outlook: Edsall has the public support of the administration, who seems to support his process. However, numerous transfers and 10-loss seasons will only speed up the time fans can wait for process to become results.

Jerry Kill, Minnesota
2011 Rating: 0.5
2011 Record: 3-9
2012 Rating: 3.0
Outlook: Kill had a low rating on the Hot Seat scale heading into his first season at Minnesota, but a 3-9 record and last place finish in the Legends division has quickly increased the pressure for the former Northern Illinois coach.

Bo Pelini, Nebraska
2011 Rating: 0.5
2011 Record: 9-4
2012 Rating: 2.5
Outlook: The move to the Big Ten brings about a new set of expectations for the Cornhuskers. After finishing their time in the Big 12 with three straight division titles, Nebraska finished 3rd in the Big Ten Legends in 2011. Not a "hot seat," but heating up fast.

DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State
2011 Rating: 2.5
2011 Record: 4-9
2012 Rating: 4.5
Outlook: The longtime defensive assistant accepted a difficult job as the Aggies' head coach, but these days fans and administrators do not have the patience for multiple years of losing in any program. With a 4-19 record against WAC opponents, Walker sits on one of the hottest seats on the nation.

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
2011 Rating: 1.0
2011 Record: 8-5
2012 Rating: 3.5
Outlook: Unfortunately for Kelly, delivering bowl victories - much less appearances - won't satisfy Notre Dame fans when the game is played in December. No Top 25 finishes since the 2006 season hasn't helped their patience, either. Throw in some sideline temper tantrums in 2011 and Kelly's seat is much warmer this fall.

Chip Kelly, Oregon
2011 Rating: 0.0
2011 Record: 12-2
2012 Rating: 3.0
Outlook: How could a coach with three straight BCS appearances, and most recently a Rose Bowl victory see his seat get hotter? Willie Lyles' scouting services, not to mention the heavy flirtation with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have brought a little more heat on Kelly in Eugene.

Mike Riley, Oregon State
2011 Rating: 1.0
2011 Record: 3-9
2012 Rating: 3.0
Outlook: The longtime Oregon State coach saw his seat heat up after posting back-to-back losing seasons for only the second time in his career - the first being his two-year stint from 1997-98. Riley is under contract through 2019, but he will need to get back to winning ways to make it there as the Beavers' head coach.

Doug Marrone, Syracuse
2011 Rating: 0.5
2011 Record: 5-7
2012 Rating: 3.5
Outlook: Marrone had the Syracuse fans singing his praises after delivering their first 8-win season since 2001, but saw that overwhelming support dwindle after another 1-6 conference record in 2011. Marrone may have an extra advantage with his alum status, but a bowl appearance could help cool his seat heading into the upcoming conference move.

Derek Dooley, Tennessee
2011 Rating: 3.0
2011 Record: 5-7
2012 Rating: 5.0
Outlook: Arguably one of the hottest seats in the nation after finishing last in the SEC East. Dooley needs to deliver wins - specifically SEC wins - immediately for the Vols' fan base.

Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
2011 Rating: 1.5
2011 Record: 5-7
2012 Rating: 3.5
Outlook: Lubbock is not the place where multiple losing seasons will be handled well by the fans, and even Tuberville cannot hold off the pressure if the Red Raiders fail to win in 2012.

George O'Leary, UCF
2011 Rating: 1.5
2011 Record: 5-7
2012 Rating: 3.5
Outlook: If O'Leary is going to see the Knights through their move to the Big East, he will need to a winning season in 2012 after underperforming and missing the postseason a year ago.

SEATS COOLING DOWN

It might come as a surprise, but not all coaches' seats get warmer. Below are 10 coaches who saw their hot seat ratings drop at least 1 point. For example, Georgia's Mark Richt improving from a 3.5 in 2011 to a 2.5 in this year's rankings.

Art Briles, Baylor
Ron English, Eastern Michigan
Mark Richt, Georgia
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State
Mark Hudsbeth, Louisiana Lafayette
Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech
Brady Hoke, Michigan
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Lane Kiffin, Southern California
David Shaw, Stanford
James Franklin, Vanderbilt
Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

For much more, head over to the 2012-13 Hot Seat Rankings Home.

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