View Full Version : Ranking the nationís top coaches
04-21-2009, 09:16 AM
Itís Urban Meyerís world. Everyone else is just coaching in it.
Meyer has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of this chart. When this decade dawned, Meyer was the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame under Bob Davie. Meyer went on to coach Bowling Green for two years (17-6 record), Utah for two seasons (22-2) and is entering his fifth season at Florida (45-9).
Whispers: Ranking the nation's top coaches - College Football - Rivals.com (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=rivals-291726&prov=rivals&type=lgns)
I think Beamer should be above Kelly and Riley above RR and Kelly. Tressel is rather low too. I also think that Leach and Schiano should be above Mangino and Edsall.
04-21-2009, 06:25 PM
ya Brian Kelly is too high at #9, that will be evidenced when Cincy falls back a bit this year. He's still an excellent coach but not above Beamer.
This list is funny, for some guys they note history - like Rich Rod gets a high nod for changing offenses (even though he really didn't invent it)......yet a guy like Tressel they rank low even though they note his great success at Ohio State.
I'm happy to see Mike Riley that high, its about time he gets the respect he deserves....now time to get into the BCS
7. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest. Honestly, if this guy were coaching at, say, Texas, how many national titles would he have?
Really? I mean he's a very good coach and deserves to be rated highly but if you are talking about him winning titles...why not Riley or any of these other coaches doing well at small time schools?
21. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina. He has lost some luster, but Spurrier still is an offensive genius.
22. Mike Leach, Texas Tech. Perhaps no coach means more to his school than Leach, whose offenses have revolutionized the sport.
Sorry I'll take Leach over spurrier...I find it funny they put them right next to eachother....making a point?
24. Jeff Tedford, California. The offensive wiz has done everything but lead the Golden Bears to the Pac-10 championship.
Except you know the one that he won.....
I rank it....1. Meyer (he's hot right now, we'll see what he can do without Tebow but for now he'll cakewalk to another national title).....2. Carroll (he may not be continuing to rack up the national titles but no team has been as consistently elite as Carroll's).....3. Stoops (consistently a winner)....4. Saban (deserves to be high for what he has done at multiple schools but he has no business being higher than Carroll......after that there is a big drop off.
04-21-2009, 07:22 PM
Joe Paterno should at least be top ten at any age. I do not care how much he delegates he is the one calling the shots when it is all said and done. Bobby Bowden, Jim Tressel, Pat Hill, and Greg Schiano should all be higher IMO as well. Good list, at least it is not all high market teams. Not really getting how him saying Jim Grobe would have multiple national titles in Texas, then putting Mack Brown ahead of him. I know Bown is a top coach just do not get the comment then the placing. Good call on Gary Patterson. Really feel he is under rated in TCU.
04-21-2009, 07:28 PM
Not a bad list, but if Grobe were at Texas, he'd probably have the same type of success, though not likely, as Mack Brown.
Maybe a title, but Macks' success over the last 10 years(9+ wins every year, and 2nd only to Florida ST of having the most consecative 10 win seasons) would be hard to top.
And as much as I respect Stoops, and yes he has gone to 4 BCS Bowl Games, the fact that he's come up with at least 1 loss to a team he should have beaten, and losing his last 4 BCS Bowl Games, some of them horribly, should make him lower.
Definately lower than Pete Carrol IMO.
04-22-2009, 07:47 AM
I would disagree with Meyer being the top ranked coach. Yes, he's on a hot streak, and he most certainly is a proven great head coach, but I'd like to see another 3-5 years before putting him on top of the list. I think #1 at this point is Carroll, Meyer can have #2, but not #1 yet.
04-22-2009, 08:33 AM
I agree. Carroll should be top of the list. USC is the Miami of the 2000s. Florida is getting there, but not quite yet.
04-22-2009, 04:49 PM
The only reason they are putting Meyer on top is because he's won more titles recently.
And the only reason he's one more titles recently is because USC hasn't been in the title game. Pete Carroll is definitely the best right now.
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