By Gary Brown
The coaching carousel has once again stopped for another season. By now most fans have had a chance to size up their coach and decide if they are happy with their new head man or not.
It is interesting, but eventually most of the time a new head coach finds love and acceptance from their fan base even if he was not the top pick. Why? Because he is the guy who wanted to come and be part of “my school.”
How do the SEC coaches compare to one another? Here is one opinion on how they rank from one to fourteen and why. Have a different opinion? Love to hear it.
1. Nick Saban-Alabama
Why? Three out of the last four BCS national titles says all that needs to be said on this subject.
2. Steve Spurrier-South Carolina
Why? Spurrier is all-time wins leader as a head football coach for both the Gamecocks AND Florida. Hard to match that.
3. Les Miles-LSU
Why? He is unpredictable, entertaining and most important has that BCS national title and an 85-21 record as the Tigers head man.
4. Bret Bielema-Arkansas
Why? The new Razorback coach has won three straight Big Ten titles. That has to be worth something.
5. Mark Richt-Georgia
Why? While he has his detractors, Richt has generated ten or more wins in eight of his twelve seasons as the top Dawg.
6. Kevin Sumlin-Texas A&M
Why? First there was the success he enjoyed at Houston. Second, how many people saw the Aggies winning eleven games in their first round of SEC play.
7. Butch Jones-Tennessee
Why? Two Big East championships. Two MAC titles. Four conference titles in six years as a head coach. Nice.
8. James Franklin-Vanderbilt
Why? The last time Vandy won nine games before the 2012 season was in 1915. Franklin may be underrated here.
9. Hugh Freeze-Ole Miss
Why? The year before Freeze’s arrival the Rebels were 2-10. Last year they went 7-5 and you could see Ole Miss playing better each week.
10. Will Muschamp-Florida
Why? Lots of progress in year two as a head coach, but the Sugar Bowl was less than satisfying.
11. Dan Mullen-Mississippi State
Why? The Bulldogs are posting better records, but at some point Mullen has to win big games consistently.
12. Gus Malzahn-Auburn
Why? The former Arkansas and Auburn OC had a great one year stint at Arkansas State, but the jury is still way out as to what he can do in the SEC.
13. Gary Pinkel-Missouri
Why? He looked "in over his head" after going 2-6 during the Tigers first year in the SEC.
14. Mark Stoops-Kentucky
Why? A famous last name, but what do we really know about his ability to lead a football program? He is also at Kentucky.
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