Sherman soars to No. 1 spot on Hot Seat rankings

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Despite recently bringing in Texas A&M's most highly regarded recruiting class in this decade, coach Mike Sherman is ranked as the coach with the hottest seat in the country in the continuing poll commissioned by the Web site coacheshotseat.com.

Sherman was ranked fifth immediately after the regular season, but jumped to first in this week's poll. Others coaches listed nationally in the top five, in order, included Lane Kiffin of Tennessee, Steve Kragthorpe of Louisville, Al Groh of Virginia and Dan Hawkins of Colorado.

Interestingly, the recent extension of Mike Leach's contract made his job security worse. Leach was ranked 109th immediately after the regular season and is 101st this week.

Here's a look at where Big 12 coaches ranked this week, compared to Dec. 8:

Note: Paul Rhoads was hired after the December Coaches' Hot Seat poll. At that time, Iowa State Coach Gene Chizik was ranked third in the poll to lead all Big 12 coaches. Numbers in parentheses indicate where that coach was ranked among Big 12 coaches in December.