Paul Finebaum, once the scourge of the Southern football coach and now Alabama homer, released his rankings of the SEC coaches last week. Finebaum says it was hard to rank so many good coaches and it must have been because I have a few questions. Tommy Tuberville is #4? The guy had a great year in 2004, no doubt. But Tubs always seems to blow it when he has a great team. No one has underachieved more with more talented players than Tubs. Yes, he can put together great games, as this year's LSU and UF games show. At the same time, his teams can miraculously fall apart. Mark Richt is #6 behind Fat Phil, a guy he has a 4-2 record against? I know Phil won a national championship, but Richt has just as many conference titles in his six years as Phil has in his career. Les Miles at #8? I get that no one respects Les, but the guy has produced wins, albeit without any championships. He has won 11 games two years in a row and a BCS bowl. You can say it was with Saban's recruits, but I don't see LSU's recruiting falling off. It may be getting better.
My list would go something like: Spurrier, Meyer, Saban, Richt, Fulmer, Miles, Tuberville, Nutt, Johnson, Brooks, Orgeron, Croom.