The 10 Best (and five worst) College Football Coaches
1. Pete Carroll, USC
2. Urban Meyer, Florida
3. Jim Tressel, Ohio State
4. Mack Brown, Texas
5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
6. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
7. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
8. Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia
9. Mark Richt, Georgia
10. Gary Peterson, TCU
1. Al Groh, Virgina
2. Dennis Franchione, Texas A&M
3. Tommy Bowden, Clemson
4. Bill Doba, Washington State
5. Karl Dorrell, UCLA
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I think this is a very accurate list. There aren't any comments posted yet but I will bet 10 bucks that most of the whinning about this list will come out of the SEC and 5 bucks says "haters" will be said about 600 times.
I am an Ohio State alum and as such have been delighted fully at the recent success of the athletic teams...championship losses aside, but I have to take issue with Jim Tressel being at number 3. True he is deserving of the top ten but he definitey showed his vulnerability by coaching one of the most disastrous games ever in the loss to Florida. Bad call after bad call, no answers for Florida's D, no adjustments on offense, abandoning the running game in the first half while the game was still in tact, horrendous call in their own territory in the first half on 4th down...Don't get me wrong here, he has done wonders with his Michigan victories and the success of late which I fully receive extreme pleasure and bask in the ceremonious victories thereof, but should we not at least acknowledge coaching greatness in the face of the most intense adversity???? Let's face it, he panicked on the biggest stage of all. And by that I mean starting at #1 and going through the entire season amidst the doubts and accusations of a perfect record against a weak schedule in an inferior conference and having the Heisman trophy "cool customer" winner to boot. It was time to put up and it was a disaster. His panick lead to the overall panick of the team and for that he should lose a few spots among the top 10. And for any other OSU alum who read this and think I am a traitor or unappreciative, rest assured that it is ok to point out weaknesses even among those we adore...they may just correct them next time.
Pete Carrol doesn't deserve to be that high up there. This is the guy whose bad decisions cost USC a nat'l championship just a year ago (vs Texas). Meyer should be 1 and Tressel 2.
Gary, yah Jim had a bad coaching day vs Florida, but you cant overlook being involved with 2 Championship games in the past 5 years...how many coaches on that list can say that? 3 Tressel, Carrol and Stoops
I agree, I think that this is a pretty good list. All of the coaches there deserve to be there.
I have to also agree with the 1146am comment about the SEC. I am betting that I read about how, "If 'Insert school here' were to play in the SEC they would be lucky to win 5 games!" Also have to read about how the Champion of the SEC should play for the super bowl next year and the SEC's coaches are the best coaches around. I think that they are the most unsportsman coaches around.
As for the Buckeye fan who hated on Jim Tressel. Are you serious?! He has done a great thing with the program! Four BCS games (3-1), 1 NC. 5-1 against scUM! The year before JT came in there were players suing each other and getting in fights, not a good team ethic. JT came in and completely changed everything. I do not think that you are truly a fan, if you were you would not be hating on JT!
I am an SEC homer and i agree with this list. You have to look at what the coaches do in their respective confrences i could see the argument for more SEC coaches but who? Les Miles? Has not been there long enough. Steve Spurrier has to win SEC title now not 5 or 10 years ago. SO as a SECer i agree with the list for the most part.
What about Lloyd Carr, head coach at Michigan. He should be on the worst coaches list. He had an enormous amount of talent but manages to put together mediocre teams that lose bowl games.
Why dont you read what the guy actually wrote instead of what you twisted his words into?
How do you get "hating" out of that? Seemed pretty on-target to me.
I agree with the top 3. Pete Carroll is obviously the best right now. If Urban Meyer wins one or 2 more in the next 5 years, you can put him over Carroll. Urban Meyer is probably the hotter coach right now, but Carroll's got the bling.
Ok, I like the list but come on what about Tommy Tubberville??? The man has had the best record besides Mack Brown and Pete Carroll over the past four years. And on top of that Tommy's team beat Urban and those Gators last year. All i'm saying is where is Tommy??? Wake Forest has one good year and now Jim Grobe surpasses Tommy T as a better coach. Yeah Right.
Boob Stoops is a way better coach that Wack Brown. I don't think Brown could have done as good of a coaching job as stoops did last year if he were in the same situation.
Gary Patterson is the Head Football Coach at TCU.
Urban Meyer deserves to be #1 he is the coach of the National Champions. His team pounded the Buckeyes when nobody gave them a chance. Pete should be #2 because of his recent success. And after that who cares really.
Totally agree with Doba, the guy is a hack should never have been a coach is washed up they need someone new. He has killed the program. All new coaches now!
How could you leave out Bobby Bowden, the winningest coach???
Chuck "the Chest" Amato has to be on the list of worst coaches after his horrible stent with NC State
I think Phil Fulmer should be getting some consideration for worst. Granted, recruiting is a big part of coaching, and Phil still can recruit with the best of them, but as far as coaching acumen, he is continually outcoached by others in the SEC.
The MilkMan's soon (AKA Tommy Bowden) deserves 2 spots int he worst coaches poll. he is incompetent. When he had Whitehurst who could hit every receiver on the team in stride and a set of receivers who were national championship caliber track stars, Coach Tommy ran the ball. When he had a noodle arm QB and two lighting fast RBs, he choose to throw the ball. 3rd and 15, let's run it up the gut. 3rd and inches, lets line up in the shotgun and go for the end zone.
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