Every summer, CBS Sports gives each FBS head coach a “hot seat” rating.
This may seem like a frivolous thing to do, but they’ve actually been pretty spot on in recent years.
Last year, 12 of the 18 coaches that they suggested were on the hot seat ended up losing their jobs.
Their rating system goes from 0 to 5, with 0 being “untouchable” and 5 being “win or be fired”.
Entering the second year of the Jeremy Pruitt era, there’s virtually no talk about the Tennessee Vols head coach being on the hot seat.
But as we know in college football, grace periods end quickly. And while no one is expecting Pruitt to fail, he could quickly be on the hot seat if he doesn’t turn things around on Rocky Top.
For now, CBS Sports is giving Pruitt a hot seat rating of 2, which is “all good…for now”.
I think this is fair and accurate for Pruitt. He has a lot of potential as a head coach, but he’s done nothing yet to be considered “safe and secure”. And he’s certainly not untouchable.
Year two is a pivotal year for Pruitt and the Vols. The program is expected to take a major leap forward in 2019. If Pruitt can get the team to 7 or 8 wins this season, he’ll start to build some equity with the fans and administration.
But if Tennessee fails to improve in his second season, the clock will start ticking. And his seat will start heating up.
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