With the college football season just months away, Matt Hayes over at the Sporting News has released his annual post-spring rankings of the top college coaches in the game today, and it should be no surprise that two of the most well-known names in the SEC are at the top of this year’s list.
1. Nick Saban, Alabama
2. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
6. Chris Petersen, Washington
7. David Shaw, Stanford
8. Les Miles, LSU
9. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
10. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
Despite the two-loss streak to end the season last year, there is still really no doubt in anyone’s mind that Saban is the best coach in the nation, and with the talent that he has on his roster coming back this season, as well as future recruits, we may be reminded of this fact for year’s to come.
The only gripe you can make, really, is the placement of Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher in the 10 spot. Since taking over for Bobby Bowden, Fisher has slowly built the Seminoles’ program back to prominence and that culminated at the end of last season with the national championship win.