Ranking the Coaches

Tom Dienhart released his annual ranking of BCS college coaches this month in Sporting News.  Jim Grobe was #5 overall, trailing only Pete Carroll, Jim Tressel, Rich Rodriguez, and Bob Stoops.  Below is the full list for the ACC, which occupies the bottom slot (66) and 5 of the bottom 18 (49-66):

5. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest

8. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

28. Bobby Bowden, Florida State

31. Tom O’Brien, N.C. State

33. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech

37. Al Groh, Virginia

41. Tommy Bowden, Clemson

49. Butch Davis, North Carolina

51. David Cutcliffe, Duke

53. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland

54. Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College

66. Randy Shannon, Miami

The ACC has two coaches in the top 10 (Grobe & Beamer), as does the Big Ten (Tressel & Rodriguez) and Pac Ten (Carroll, Dennis Erickson).  The Big 12 has three (Bob Stoops, Mac Brown, and Mark Mangino).  Only Georgia’s Mark Richt makes the top 10 from the SEC, with all five coaches with national titles on their resumes looking up.  The coaches of the last two national champions are both ranked below Randy Edsall at UConn… go figure.

6. Mark Richt, Georgia

12. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

14. Urban Meyer, Florida

17. Nick Saban, Alabama

20. Les Miles, LSU

22. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn

25. Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee

30. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss

32. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt

34. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas

36. Rich Brooks, Kentucky

45. Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State

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