Sunday, July 02, 2017

Athlon Ranks the Coaches

Athlon Sports admits that ranking every college coach is an impossible task. They considered everything: wins, resources, recruiting, facilities, budget, career resume, the shape the program is in. They valued coaches more who were better with the X’s and O’s than the CEO-type coaches.

A tough job. Still not their best work. Based on their own criteria, their rankings don’t make sense. Vandy’s Derek Mason may have beaten Georgia’s Kirby Smart last year, but Georgia’s program is far superior to Vandy’s – even when the Dawgs are down like they were last year. Kirby has a proven track record as an assistant, and is a great recruiter.

Will Muschamp was fired by Florida and had a worse record last year at Carolina than Kirby did at Georgia. Not sure why Muschamp deserves to be ranked ten spots higher than Smart.  

Jimbo Fisher shouldn’t be ranked higher than Dabo. Jim Harbaugh may have had some success at Stanford, but he has yet to build a team dominant enough to deserve a number three rating. Bobby Petrino must’ve landed his number ten spot by being good at the X’s and O’s. Here’s part of the list…
129 Shawn Elliott Georgia State
121 Tyson Summers Georgia Southern
117 Major Applewhite Houston
108 Paul Petrino Idaho
106 Lovie Smith Illinois
105 Barry Odom Missouri SEC

91 Cliff Kingsbury Texas Tech
90 Terry Bowdon Akron
88 Joey Jones South Alabama
87 Butch Davis Florida International
84 Bob Davie New Mexico
83 Chad Morris SMU
82 Mike Bobo Colorado State 7-6
81 Ed Orgeron LSU SEC
80 Lane Kiffin Florida Atlantic
74 Jim Mora UCLA
72 Rick Stockstill Middle Tenn

67 Skip Holtz Louisiana Tech
65 Kirby Smart UGA SEC 8-5
64 Derek Mason Vandy SEC 6-7 beat UGA
63 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma
62 Steve Addazio Boston College ACC 7-6
61 Dave Doeren NC State ACC 7-4
60 Mark Stoops Kentucky SEC 7-6
58 Charlie Strong South Florida
55 Will Muschamp South Carolina SEC 6-7
52 Bronco Mendenhall Virginia ACC
45 Dino Babers Syracuse ACC
44 Dave Clawson Wake Forest ACC
40 Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M SEC
39 Pat Narduzzi Pitt ACC
38 Rich Rodriquez Arizona
35 Larry Fedora North Carolina ACC
30 Butch Jones Tennessee SEC

29 Hugh Freeze Ole Miss SEC
27 Bret Bielema Arkansas SEC
26 Paul Johnson Georgia Tech ACC
25 Brian Kelly Notre Dame ACC
23 Tom Herman Texas
22 Gus Malzahn Auburn SEC
21 Jim McElwain Florida SEC – better than Mullen
20 Justin Fuente Virginia Tech ACC
19 Dan Mullen Mississippi State SEC
18 Mike Leach Washington State
16 David Cutcliffe Duke ACC
14 Mark Richt Miami ACC
13 Mike Dantonio Michigan State
12 James Franklin Penn State – deserved?
11 Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
10 Bobby Petrino Louisville ACC – too high

9 Gary Patterson Texas Christian
8 Bill Snyder Kansas State
7 David Shaw Stanford – too high
6 Chris Peterson Washington
5 Dabo Swinney Clemson ACC
4 Jimbo Fisher ACC – too high
3 Jim Harbaugh Michigan – too high
2 Urban Meyer Ohio State
1 Nick Saban Alabama SEC

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