Yes, folks, you now have a working definition, via MrSEC.com’s John Pennington:
How do we at MrSEC define “the hot seat?” When a coach has a growing number of displeased or impatient fans (and big boosters) which could — within 12 to 24 months — lead to his dismissal or force his resignation.
That’s not bad… except that’s not exactly what he had to say about the warmth of Mark Richt’s support a few months ago.
Let me make this very clear — Richt is in trouble at Georgia. In fact, I believe his days are running out.
I said last summer that I believed he and Les Miles would occupy the hottest seats in the SEC after the 2009 season. I was emailed to death by UGA fans who said they wouldn’t turn on their head coach.
Well, they’re turning. And there’s no question that Richt and Miles sit in the SEC’s hottest chairs going forward.
Here’s how things work: First the media goes, then the fans follow. It’s already clear that many writers across the state of Georgia are anti-Richt at this point…
That was written before the Grantham hire, of course, so I can’t say for sure that’s still Pennington’s assessment of Richt’s situation. I do find it interesting how much weight he assigns to the media’s role in this. How much of the Georgia fan base actually follows the lead of somebody like Mark Bradley or – even better – Paul Finebaum?