After ranking the ACC coaches here yesterday, we now turn our attention to the SEC coaches. We used the same scientific formula to rank the SEC heads of state as we did in the ACC.
Nick Saban, Alabama: Hard to not put the Nicktator at the top of the list. He’s probably not the kind of guy you want to have a beer with, but he sure can coach. Two titles at two different SEC schools is pretty darn strong. Plus his daily itinerary alone is enough to make him number one.
Urban Meyer, Florida: I’m not sure of this yet, but Meyer may actually have a bigger ego than Saban. His threats against a media member, his really strange retirement and un-retirement and leave of absence that lasted about six hours sum are just a few of the things are helping him close the gap. Meyer certainly has a knack for coming across as a jerk. Yet, if you could hire any coach to run your program how is Meyer not the first or second guy on your list? He just wins.
Mark Richt, Georgia: Why do people want to put Richt on the hot seat? I don’t get it. Who could the Bulldogs go out and hire that would be better? There are not a lot of better guys to have run your program out there.
Steve Spurrier, USC: Spurrier hasn’t had the kind of major success at USC that some thought he would. He’s also been thoroughly outcoached a few times in the past couple of seasons. Think Outback Bowl and PapaJohns.com Bowl if you need a couple of reminders. Spurrier has also had the Gamecocks bowl eligible every year he’s been in Columbia and he has built talent and depth that has never been seen at Carolina. This could be the year the H.B.C. becomes relevant in the SEC again.
Houston Nutt, Ole Miss: I’ve always thought Nutt was underrated. He did a fine job at Arkansas and has led Ole Miss to two straight Cotton Bowl titles. It isn’t easy to win eight or nine games a year in the SEC and Nutt consistently does just that.
Bobby Petrino, Arkansas: People are starting to forget about Petrino’s ugly exit from the NFL and starting to remember that he’s a pretty solid coach. Right now he’s running Steve Spurrier’s offense better than Steve Spurrier.
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: Starkvegas isn’t the easiest place in the world to recruit talent. At least not without cheating that is. I don’t think Mullen is a cheater, but I do think he is a pretty smart football coach. Some say was the brains behind all of Urban Myer’s success. Even with Tebow, the Gators didn’t seem the same offensively last season without Mullen.
Les Miles, LSU: I really don’t want to put Miles this high on the list. I’ve always thought this guy had a horseshoe up his rear end with some of his crazy fourth down calls and last second scores to win games. Some of his game management issues were exposed last season. The guy did win a national championship though.
Gene Chizik, Auburn: I still don’t understand why Auburn fired Tommy Tubberville for THIS guy. Jury is still out but I still say the Tigers downgraded.
Derek Dooley, Tennessee: Who knows how Dooley will do at Tennessee. We do know he’s a huge upgrade from the idiot they hired before him. Dooley has good pedigree and will have his hands full cleaning up the mess Kiffin made in Knoxville. Hey Vols fans, how is Phil Fulmer looking now?
Joker Phillips, Kentucky: The former USC assistant is taking over a program that Rich Brooks left in pretty good shape. Phillips should be able to win a few games in his first season as the Cats head coach. The bigger question is will Phillips be able to sustain or even build on Brooks’ success.
Robbie Caldwell, Vanderbilt: He’s got an impossible job. No one can win big at Vanderbilt. Bobby Johnson should be in the coaching hall of fame for what he did there. Caldwell should be in the coaching hall of fame for his speech at SEC Media days this summer.