Sunday, June 25, 2006

Top Coaches: Who would you pick?


So CFB News had this article on who would be the to 50 coaches to hire. It seems that there is a little controversy on who and where on the list they should be. Just like trying to rank who's the best conference, there are a number of factors that must be looked at.

Time with their current team
Recruiting
Wins and Losses
Bowl Appearances
Bowl Records

Traditional powers should be at the top of the list; they tend to play the tougher schedules, but not all of them. Having one good season is not enough and just because you’ve been around the coaching ranks for a while doesn't get you automatic high marks if you haven't won in while. It’s not enough that you head up a storied program that MAY get better that you should be on the list either, i.e. ND or UF, there is no reason that Charlie Weis or Urban Meyer should be ahead of Mack Brown or Jim Tressle, what has Weis won? Meyer is still working to implement his offensive scheme with the Gators and while he’s had some great success in the past, this is the SEC. The future looks bright at UF but Meyer has not been there long enough to make the full impact on his style of play. I actually think he will do a better job in his second year than Weis.

My top 5 in no particular order:

Pete Carroll
Mack Brown
Jim Tressel
Bob Stoops
Mark Richt
Honorable Mention: Tommy Tuberville

All these guys know how to win and recruit. All have a minimum 5-year record and all but Richt have a title under their belt.

Again, it’s tough and I am certainly no expert. What do you do with those tenured coaches who have a proven track record but who have been a little off of their game lately? Bowden, Paterno, Fulmer, Spurrier and Beamer. They certainly know how to win and can still get up for the big game but does their age hold them back? Do they still have the energy level that some of these young guns have? The recruiting schedules alone get you a lot of time on the road and over time that will take its toll. Again, I’m no expert so this just from the gut with a little homerism and a healthy dose of hating your rival, ND, thrown in.

UPDATE 6/28/06: I found this article on the SI.com website. I guess I wasn't too far off on my observation. Mandel has 4 out of 5 from my top five listed and my # 5 listed 6th. I guess even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

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