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Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« on: January 14, 2016, 03:19:34 PM »
Who are the top ten coaches (at this time)?  Might not necessarily line up exactly with the top programs (but I bet it will have strong similarities).

I think we can all agree that the top two (by a wide margin are):
1. Nick Saban
2. Urban Meyer 
They are both excellent in preparation, fundamentals, and recruiting.  Additionally they generally make great in-game decisions and adjustments. They can win at a small school with 5 hearts or at a big school with 5 stars.


But from here it's a bit more murky.  We have coaches who have nattys:

Les Miles
Jimbo Fisher
Bob Stoops

and coached who have been in the "title" game:

Dabo Sweeny
Mark Helfrich
Gus Malzhan
Brian Kelly

and coaches with multiple conference champs (3+):
David Shaw
Mark Dantonio
Bert Bielema

and finally coaches with a couple of conference champs and turned a program around
Art Briles
LHC Bill Snyder


How you order your top ten?  Which coaches am I missing who should be in consideration (and why)?




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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 03:29:22 PM »
1. Saban
2. Meyer
3. Miles
4. Bryles
5. Patterson
6. Sweeny
7. Stoops
8. Jimbo
9. Kelly
10. Dantonio
11. Snyder


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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2016, 03:32:42 PM »
Jim Harbaugh

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2016, 03:34:44 PM »
1. Saban
2. Meyer
3. Miles
3.5. Harbaugh
4. Bryles
5. Patterson
6. Sweeny
7. Stoops
8. Jimbo
9. Kelly
10. Dantonio
11. Snyder


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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2016, 03:38:40 PM »
At what point does the "he turned around a program" theme get lifted?


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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2016, 03:43:37 PM »
Jim Harbaugh
I guess I can see that, but he hasn't won crap in college

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 03:44:28 PM »
At what point does the "he turned around a program" theme get lifted?

Probably never, I mean even if a rocket crashes back to earth it still lifted off and reached the stars for a little while.

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2016, 03:45:41 PM »
Patterson doesn't really belong there yet either IMO, and certainly not at the expense of a coach like Shaw.

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2016, 03:54:09 PM »
At what point does the "he turned around a program" theme get lifted?
Until another coach succeeds at that program or said coach begins to tank badly

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2016, 03:56:08 PM »

At what point does the "he turned around a program" theme get lifted?
Until another coach succeeds at that program or said coach begins to tank badly

Also (fair or not) a lot of people give him credit for doing it twice.

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2016, 04:14:20 PM »
Malzahn and Helfrich deserve some skepticism - they've both been a bit inconsistent on too small of a sample

Saban
Meyer
Stoops
Miles
Harbaugh
Dantonio
Patterson
Briles
Kelly
Jimbo

Others considered in no order:
Sweeney
Shaw
Snyder
Petrino
Helfrich
Malzahn
Gundy
Herman

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2016, 04:17:49 PM »
1. Saban
2. Meyer
3. Miles
4. Stoops
5. Patterson
6. Swinney
7. Fisher
8. Harbaugh
9. Briles
10. Gundy
11. Kelly (ND)

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2016, 04:17:58 PM »
1a. Meyer
1b. Saban
3. Swinney: 56-12 the past 5 years  :surprised:
4. Patterson: 9 11-win seasons; I also think it took a couple of years for him to adjust his program to the rigors of a P5 conference.  :emawkid:
5. Dantonio: 3 big 10 and 5 11-win seasons in past 6 years  :gocho:
6. Harbaugh: Small sample size, but he really resurrected Stanford before leaving for the NFL.  :dunno:
7. Briles: What's his best win? Serious question. :confused:
8. Jimbo: Admittedly, he probably should be higher than this but last season seemed like smoke and mirrors to me.  :Ugh:
9. David Shaw: September 2 will not be fun. :frown:
10. Stoops: He does less with more a lot of the time, but he does have more.  :blindfold:

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2016, 04:30:43 PM »
Huh, I think Harbaugh is getting too much love and Shaw not enough (0 titles vs 3), but hey this is America right?

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2016, 04:33:00 PM »
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Top 25 P5+Notre Dame coaches by winning % (at school at least 3 years).
NameSchoolAgeWin%
Urban Meyer Ohio State 510.925
Nick Saban Alabama 640.85
Jimbo Fisher Florida State 500.84
Mark Helfrich Oregon 420.825
Bob Stoops Oklahoma 550.799
David Shaw Stanford 430.788
Les Miles LSU 620.776
Gary Patterson TCU 550.751
Mark Richt Georgia 550.74
Dabo Swinney Clemson 460.737
Mark Dantonio Michigan State 590.729
Brian Kelly Notre Dame 540.714
Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M 510.706
Mike Gundy Oklahoma State 480.671
Kyle Whittingham Utah 560.671
Guz Malzahn Auburn 500.667
LHC Bill Snyder Kansas State 760.657
Todd Graham Arizona State 510.654
Hugh Freeze Mississippi 460.647
Larry Fedora North Carolina 530.64
Art Briles Baylor 600.64
Rich Rodriguez Arizona 520.634
Dan Mullen Mississippi State 430.607
Kirk Ferentz Iowa 600.599
Paul Johnson Georgia Tech 5 80.581

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2016, 04:34:16 PM »
1a. Meyer
1b. Saban
3. Swinney: 56-12 the past 5 years  :surprised:
4. Patterson: 9 11-win seasons; I also think it took a couple of years for him to adjust his program to the rigors of a P5 conference.  :emawkid:
5. Dantonio: 3 big 10 and 5 11-win seasons in past 6 years  :gocho:
6. Harbaugh: Small sample size, but he really resurrected Stanford before leaving for the NFL.  :dunno:
7. Briles: What's his best win? Serious question. KSU in 2012 :frown:
8. Jimbo: Admittedly, he probably should be higher than this but last season seemed like smoke and mirrors to me.  :Ugh:
9. David Shaw: September 2 will not be fun. :frown:
10. Stoops: He does less with more a lot of the time, but he does have more.  :blindfold:
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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2016, 04:34:26 PM »
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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2016, 04:39:27 PM »
Idk why Les Miles is so high on some peoples list. He under achieves every year it seems.


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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2016, 04:40:34 PM »
1a. Meyer
1b. Saban
3. Swinney: 56-12 the past 5 years  :surprised:
4. Patterson: 9 11-win seasons; I also think it took a couple of years for him to adjust his program to the rigors of a P5 conference.  :emawkid:
5. Dantonio: 3 big 10 and 5 11-win seasons in past 6 years  :gocho:
6. Harbaugh: Small sample size, but he really resurrected Stanford before leaving for the NFL.  :dunno:
7. Briles: What's his best win? Serious question. KSU in 2012 :frown:
8. Jimbo: Admittedly, he probably should be higher than this but last season seemed like smoke and mirrors to me.  :Ugh:
9. David Shaw: September 2 will not be fun. :frown:
10. Stoops: He does less with more a lot of the time, but he does have more.  :blindfold:

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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2016, 04:42:07 PM »
Idk why Les Miles is so high on some peoples list. He under achieves every year it seems.


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Agreed. He was one game away from being fired less than 2 months ago.

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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2016, 04:43:13 PM »
Idk why Les Miles is so high on some peoples list. He under achieves every year it seems.


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He's won 1 natty and been to another, not too many current coaches have done that (Bob has).

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« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2016, 04:46:24 PM »

Idk why Les Miles is so high on some peoples list. He under achieves every year it seems.


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He's won 1 natty and been to another, not too many current coaches have done that (Bob has).

Miles is the Stoops of the SEC. Get hyped up year-after-year and then fall short.


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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2016, 04:51:27 PM »
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Re: Top Ten Head Football Coaches in College Right Now
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2016, 01:27:41 PM »
1a. Meyer
1b. Saban
3. Swinney: 56-12 the past 5 years  :surprised:
4. Patterson: 9 11-win seasons; I also think it took a couple of years for him to adjust his program to the rigors of a P5 conference.  :emawkid:
5. Dantonio: 3 big 10 and 5 11-win seasons in past 6 years  :gocho:
6. Harbaugh: Small sample size, but he really resurrected Stanford before leaving for the NFL.  :dunno:
7. Briles: What's his best win? Serious question. :confused:  That's easy; KSU in '12.  "It don't get better that beating the number 1 ranked team in the nation!"
8. Jimbo: Admittedly, he probably should be higher than this but last season seemed like smoke and mirrors to me.  :Ugh:
9. David Shaw: September 2 will not be fun. :frown:
10. Stoops: He does less with more a lot of the time, but he does have more.  :blindfold:
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