Coaches Hot Seat dotted with struggling Big 12 coaches

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I had to give my monthly look at coacheshotspot.com to see how they were ranking the Big 12 coaches most likely to be fired. I have to admit, it's kind of a guilty pleasure.

Interestingly, three of the top 10 coaches were Big 12 coaches and three others had extensive Big 12 experience earlier in their careers.

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman has the hottest seat of any Big 12 coach, ranking fourth only behind Auburn's Tommy Tuberville (first), San Diego State's Chuck Long (second) and Washington State's Paul Wuff (third).

Other Big 12 coaches ranked in the top 10 included Iowa State's Gene Chizik at seventh and Colorado's Dan Hawkins at 10th.

Coaches with associations with Big 12 schools include Tuberville, a former Texas A&M defensive coordinator; Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe, a former Texas A&M offensive coordinator; and Long, a former Oklahoma offensive coordinator.

Interestingly, the coach with the most security is Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who is ranked 120th in the poll this week.

Here's a list of how Big 12 coaches ranked this week:

4. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M

7. Gene Chizik, Iowa State

10. Dan Hawkins, Colorado

47. Ron Prince, Kansas State (dismissed earlier this season)

52. Mark Mangino, Kansas

74. Art Briles, Baylor

89. Bo Pelini, Nebraska

103. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

106. Gary Pinkel, Missouri

111. Mack Brown Texas

114. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

120. Mike Leach, Texas Tech