Charleston Post and Courier columnist Gene Sapakoff ranked ACC and SEC coaches. Seems like a normal thing to do. Everyone loves a ranking, right?
Well, his was laughable And you only need to get to #3 to see what I’m talking about. Here’s his list:
1. Nick Saban, Alabama
2. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
3. Dan Mullen, Florida
4. Mark Richt, Miami
5. Kirby Smart, Georgia
6. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
7. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
8. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
9. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
10. David Cutcliffe, Duke
11. Bobby Petrino, Louisville
12. Willie Taggart, Florida State
13. Will Muschamp, South Carolina
14. Dave Doeren, N.C. State
15. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
16. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh
17. Chad Morris, Arkansas
18. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State
19. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia
20. Dino Babers, Syracuse
21. Larry Fedora, North Carolina
22. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
23. Matt Luke, Ole Miss
24. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee
25. Steve Adazzio, Boston College
26. Barry Odom, Missouri
27. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
28. Ed Orgeron, LSU
Here are 5 questions I have for Mr. Sapakoff:
1. How is Dan Mullen #3 on this list?
2. How is Mullen and Justin Fuente, who I like a lot, above a guy with a national title (Jimbo) and a guy that played for a national title (Gus)?
3. Dave Clawson is in you top 10? Clawson has turned around several programs but he has 9 ACC wins in 4 years. He’s the only coach I know in FBS with 3 wins where he scored 7 or less.
4. How is Chad Morris, who has done nothing in 3 years at SMU ahead of Bronco? That makes no sense.
5. We can all make fun of Ed O but the guy is 15-6 in the SEC West the last 2 seasons. He beat last year’s West champ (Auburn) and beat a Heisman winner in a bowl game. I wouldn’t have him in the top 10 but I’d surely have him above guys that haven’t coached a game as well as Matt Luke, Adazzio, Odom, Mason, Babers, and Narduzzi.
If I were ranking SEC head coaches, it wuold look like this:
1. Daddy Saban
2. Jimbo Fisher
3. Gus Malzahn
4. Kirby Smart
5. Dan Mullen
6. Will Muschamp
7. Ed Orgeron
8. Matt Luke
9. Mark Stoops
10. Barry Odom
11. Derek Mason
12. Chad Morris
I can’t rank Pruitt and Moorhead as they’ve never been head coaches. Morris’ work at SMU doesn’t do much for me, especially on the defensive side of the ball. But I’m willing to change my mind on him with some evidence.