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Ranking the BCS coaches: USC's Carroll second to none

Posted: April 10, 2008

All hail Pete Carroll, the king of college football!


For the second year in a row, the effervescent USC big boss tops my ranking of the 66 BCS coaches. Carroll has built the closest thing to a dynasty in college football, stockpiling wins and talent in building a King Kong program in southern California.

How can you argue with this resume?

• 76-14 record (.844) in seven years, making Carroll the winningest active coach among those who have been in the biz for five years.

• 28 wins over AP Top 25 teams.

• AP Top 25 team for the last 78 games.

• NCAA record six BCS bowls.

• Six seasons with at least 11 wins, also an NCAA record.

I could go on, but surely you get my point. Carroll is a god. Now, where does your coach rank?

RANKING THE 66 BCS COACHES

1. Pete Carroll, USC.
2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State.
3. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan.
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma.
5. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest.
6. Mark Richt, Georgia.
7. Mack Brown, Texas.
8. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech.
9. Mark Mangino, Kansas.
10. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State.
11. Mike Leach, Texas Tech.
12. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina.
13. Randy Edsall, UConn.
14. Urban Meyer, Florida.
15. Mike Bellotti, Oregon.
16. Greg Schiano, Rutgers.
17. Nick Saban, Alabama.
18. Joe Tiller, Purdue.
19. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati.
20. Les Miles, LSU.
21. Mike Riley, Oregon State.
22. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn.
23. Jeff Tedford, Cal.
24. Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville.
25. Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee.
26. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa.
27. Jim Leavitt, South Florida.
28. Bobby Bowden, Florida State.
29. Dan Hawkins, Colorado.
30. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss.
31. Tom O'Brien, N.C. State.
32. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt.
33. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech.
34. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas.
35. Gary Pinkel, Missouri.
36. Rich Brooks, Kentucky.
37. Al Groh, Virginia.
38. Rick Neuheisel, UCLA.
39. Art Briles, Baylor.
40. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin.
41. Tommy Bowden, Clemson.
42. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford.
43. Ron Zook, Illinois.
44. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State.
45. Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State.
46. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M.
47. Tyrone Willingham, Washington.
48. Joe Paterno, Penn State.
49. Butch Davis, North Carolina.
50. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State.
51. David Cutcliffe, Duke.
52. Dave Wannstedt, Pitt.
53. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland.
54. Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College.
55. Paul Wulff, Washington State.
56. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame.
57. Bo Pelini, Nebraska.
58. Greg Robinson, Syracuse.
59. Gene Chizik, Iowa State.
60. Ron Prince, Kansas State.
61. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern.
62. Tim Brewster, Minnesota.
63. Mike Stoops, Arizona.
64. Bill Stewart, West Virginia.
65. Bill Lynch, Indiana.
66. Randy Shannon, Miami.


Interesting to see RR at #2. I wonder what made him rank him so high. I completely understand that he should be ranked high, but he has yet show me a number 3 seeding...

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76-14 overall record in seven years. 5-2 in bowls, all five of the victories coming in BCS bowls. Two national titles.

75-16 overall record in seven years. 4-3 in bowls, with three BCS bowl victories and a national championship.

60-26 overall record in seven years. 2-3 in bowls, with one BCS bowl victory.

97-22 overall record in nine years. 4-5 in bowls, two BCS bowl victories. One national championship.

Which one doesn't quite fit? The first two are Carroll and Tressel, respectively. The fourth is Bob Stoops. The third is Rich Rodriguez, who has no business being rated as high as he was.


Not my research, but good data...

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steensn wrote:
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=398075

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Ranking the BCS coaches: USC's Carroll second to none

Posted: April 10, 2008

All hail Pete Carroll, the king of college football!


For the second year in a row, the effervescent USC big boss tops my ranking of the 66 BCS coaches. Carroll has built the closest thing to a dynasty in college football, stockpiling wins and talent in building a King Kong program in southern California.

How can you argue with this resume?

• 76-14 record (.844) in seven years, making Carroll the winningest active coach among those who have been in the biz for five years.

• 28 wins over AP Top 25 teams.

• AP Top 25 team for the last 78 games.

• NCAA record six BCS bowls.

• Six seasons with at least 11 wins, also an NCAA record.

I could go on, but surely you get my point. Carroll is a god. Now, where does your coach rank?

RANKING THE 66 BCS COACHES

1. Pete Carroll, USC.
2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State.
3. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan.
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma.
5. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest.
6. Mark Richt, Georgia.
7. Mack Brown, Texas.
8. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech.
9. Mark Mangino, Kansas.
10. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State.
11. Mike Leach, Texas Tech.
12. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina.
13. Randy Edsall, UConn.
14. Urban Meyer, Florida.
15. Mike Bellotti, Oregon.
16. Greg Schiano, Rutgers.
17. Nick Saban, Alabama.
18. Joe Tiller, Purdue.
19. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati.
20. Les Miles, LSU.
21. Mike Riley, Oregon State.
22. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn.
23. Jeff Tedford, Cal.
24. Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville.
25. Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee.
26. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa.
27. Jim Leavitt, South Florida.
28. Bobby Bowden, Florida State.
29. Dan Hawkins, Colorado.
30. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss.
31. Tom O'Brien, N.C. State.
32. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt.
33. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech.
34. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas.
35. Gary Pinkel, Missouri.
36. Rich Brooks, Kentucky.
37. Al Groh, Virginia.
38. Rick Neuheisel, UCLA.
39. Art Briles, Baylor.
40. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin.
41. Tommy Bowden, Clemson.
42. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford.
43. Ron Zook, Illinois.
44. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State.
45. Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State.
46. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M.
47. Tyrone Willingham, Washington.
48. Joe Paterno, Penn State.
49. Butch Davis, North Carolina.
50. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State.
51. David Cutcliffe, Duke.
52. Dave Wannstedt, Pitt.
53. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland.
54. Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College.
55. Paul Wulff, Washington State.
56. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame.
57. Bo Pelini, Nebraska.
58. Greg Robinson, Syracuse.
59. Gene Chizik, Iowa State.
60. Ron Prince, Kansas State.
61. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern.
62. Tim Brewster, Minnesota.
63. Mike Stoops, Arizona.
64. Bill Stewart, West Virginia.
65. Bill Lynch, Indiana.
66. Randy Shannon, Miami.


Interesting to see RR at #2. I wonder what made him rank him so high. I completely understand that he should be ranked high, but he has yet show me a number 3 seeding...


What that is crazy....... Nick Saben should and is in the top 5... sorry. it will change after we win this National title!!!!!!! Roll Tide Roll!!!!!!!

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Urban Meyer is really, really underrated. Saban? Probably. But he's such a douchebag...


October 13th, 2009, 4:26 pm
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Remember, this is from 2008... so we've had a WHOLE season in between. Saban was not successful in Arkansas yet and he had a bad wrap after his stint in the NFL. He would likely be ranked higher after showing he could still do it at this level. I'm thinking the guys who did this were still hung over from his Dolphins experience and the 2007 season leaving Arkansas 7-6.

I think if this list was revised, maybe a quick google search could show us this, Saban would likely be ranked higher.

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#10 (t) - Greg Schiano - Rutgers - Since taking over at Rutgers in 2001, Schiano's career record of 33-43 is not terribly impressive. It is the progress that Rutgers has made in the past two years; turning a team that was a college football joke into one of the best programs in the nation. Schiano led Rutgers to a 11-2 record in 2006, the school's first Top 25 ranking since 1976 and their first-ever Top 10 ranking. Schiano also received several "Coach of the Year" honors in 2006 including the Walter Camp and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Awards.



#10 (t) - Mack Brown - Texas - Mack Brown began his career at Appalachian State and then Tulane as few may remember. Brown had mild success with both schools before taking over at North Carolina in 1988 and turning the Tar Heels into a perennial bowl team and contender in the ACC. Brown left UNC after the 1997 season to take the head coaching position at Texas where he was known in his first several years as for "not being able to win the big one." Brown, along with QB Vince Young, led the Longhorns to the 2005 National Championship over USC, thus quieting many of his critics. Brown entered 2007 with a 93-22 record at Texas and 181-96-1 overall record.

#9 - Bobby Bowden - Florida State - 2006 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Bowden would likely be a bit higher on this list had it not been for a few down years for Florida State football, but you cannot argue with this man's amazing career. With 366 wins entering the 2007 season, only Joe Paterno can compare in terms of career win totals. Overall, Bowden has gone 293-81-4 at Florida State winning 2 Nationals Championships and 12 Conference titles.
#8 - Nick Saban - Alabama - After spending the past two seasons as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Nick Saban has returned to the college sidelines as the head man at Alabama. Saban, who played defensive back at Kent State in the early 1970's, previously coached at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU racking up a 92-41-1 record while winning the 2003 BCS National Championship at LSU.
#7 - Joe Paterno - Penn State - Paterno, the 80-year old coach at Penn State, has been the head man for the Nittany Lions since 1966. During that time Paterno has gone 363-121-3 and coached in more bowl games (33) than any other coach in history. While his career marks can only be approached by Bobby Bowden, a lack of consistent Top 10-caliber success in recent years is likely the only thing keeping Paterno from ranking higher on our Best College Football Coaches list.
#6 - Steve Spurrier - South Carolina - After spending three years coaching at Duke, Spurrier took over at Florida in 1990 and turned the Gators into a college football powerhouse going 122-27-1 during his time there. His Gators went 12-1 in 1996 and defeated rival Florida State 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl for Spurrier's lone National Championship. After two mediocre years in the NFL, Spurrier returned to the college sidelines for South Carolina in 2005 and was 15-10 in two season at South Carolina coming into the 2007 season.

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#5 - Rich Rodriguez - West Virginia - Rodriguez, a former defensive back at WVU, took over as West Virginia's head coach in 2001. After a rough 3-8 record in his first season, WVU has won 8 or more games in every season as the Mountaineers have gone 49-24 in his 6 seasons. Having spent a lot of time in the Top 10 in the past two seasons, WVU has been to just one BCS Bowl game under Rodriguez, a stat that will have to improve for the WVU head coach to move up on future top coach lists.
#4 - Jim Tressel - Ohio State - One of the most accomplished coaches on our list, Jim Tressel has won 12 "Coach of the Year" awards, 4 Division I-AA National Championships and 1 Division I-A National Championship. Since taking over at Ohio State in 2001, Tressel was 62-14 coming into the 2007 season with 4 BCS Bowl appearances in 6 seasons @ OSU.
#3 - Bob Stoops - Oklahoma - Bob Stoops is in his 9th season as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, a program he has turned into a national Top 10 team. In just his second season, Stoops led the Sooners to a perfect 13-0 season and the National Championship and he won the AP Coach of the Year Award. Coming into the 2007 Stoops had a 78-19 record.
#2 - Urban Meyer - Florida - Urban Meyer was just 2 years old when Joe Paterno took the head coaching job at Penn State, yet on our list Meyer outranks Paterno thanks to his fantastic success at Bowling Green, Utah and now Florida. Meyer went 17-6 in two seasons at BG before guiding Utah to consecutive Mountain West Conference Championships and a 22-2 record in two seasons. Coming into 2007, Meyer is 22-4 at Florida as he led his team to the BCS National Championship in 2006 where they defeated Ohio State 41-14.
#1 - Pete Carroll - USC - USC's Pete Carroll takes the top spot on our list thanks to 2 National Championships and 5 Consecutive BCS Bowl appearances in his 6 years at USC. Since taking the USC job in 2001, Carroll has led USC to a 65-12 record coming into 2007 and a 59-6 record in the past 5 seasons.

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Newer version, different site... The Vest 14? That makes this list stupid...

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The top 30 coaches:

1. Urban Meyer, Florida. Two BCS titles in three seasons, with another in his sights.

2. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma. No coach can match his four BCS title game appearances.

3. Nick Saban, Alabama. First, he made LSU a national power. Now, Saban has Alabama poised to be the nation's top program.

4. Pete Carroll, USC. No program dominates its conference more. The only thing missing? More BCS titles.

5. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa. He has won big with talent that annually ranks no better than fourth in his league ? at best ? each season.

6. Mack Brown, Texas. To whom much is given, much is expected. And Brown has delivered.

7. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest. Honestly, if this guy were coaching at, say, Texas, how many national titles would he have?

8. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati. He was at his best last fall, tiptoeing around myriad quarterback injuries to lead the Bearcats to the Big East title.

9. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech. He took a simple idea of building a program around defense and special teams ? and "Beamerball" ? and created a perennial power.

10. Mark Richt, Georgia. His r?m?nly lacks a national title. And you know one is coming.

11. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan. Not only has he won big, RichRod has helped change the sport with his offense.



Jim Tressel may be the best coach in Ohio State history.
12. Mike Riley, Oregon State. He is proof that nice guys don't finish last ? and that you can go home again.

13. Jim Tressel, Ohio State. Is he the best coach in Buckeyes history?

14. Tom O'Brien, N.C. State. He's a throwback coach who wins with toughness, discipline and lots of smarts.

15. Joe Paterno, Penn State. Perhaps his best trait at this stage of his career is knowing how to delegate.

16. Kyle Whittingham, Utah. He has taken what Urban Meyer built and made it better.

17. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss. He's an underrated offensive mind who has a knack for getting players to reach their potential.

18. Gary Patterson, TCU. He's a defensive mastermind whose program is every bit as good as most in the Big 12.

19. Mark Mangino, Kansas. He has done the impossible, making Jayhawks football a nationally respected program.

20. Randy Edsall, Connecticut. There isn't a more underrated coach in the nation than Edsall, a smart taskmaster who finds ways to win.

21. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina. He has lost some luster, but Spurrier still is an offensive genius.

22. Mike Leach, Texas Tech. Perhaps no coach means more to his school than Leach, whose offenses have revolutionized the sport.

23. Greg Schiano, Rutgers. He inherited one of the worst programs in America and made it into a likeness of himself ? strong, tough and good.

24. Jeff Tedford, California. The offensive wiz has done everything but lead the Golden Bears to the Pac-10 championship.

25. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State. Erickson, who has won two national titles, yearns to finish his career with a bang.



Gary Pinkel has made Missouri a consistent winner in the Big 12 North.
26. Gary Pinkel, Missouri. It was just a matter of time before he imposed his iron will on this program, as he did at Toledo.

27. Jim Leavitt, USF. He has built something out of nothing, making USF a Big East power.

28. Les Miles, LSU. The "Hat" has done enough to prove he belongs among the nation's elite.

29. Chris Petersen, Boise State. The cerebral Petersen understands how to find talent to fit his schemes.

30. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech. He's about ready to change the way we thought you could win in big-time football.


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Newer version, different site... The Vest 14? That makes this list stupid...


Why? Because he's not #1???
Admittedly I don't know jack about NCAA football, but I would guess that if he were to actually win a national championship then he would be ranked higher. IMO you can't expect to be ranked high if you can't win the big one.

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He won won in 2004 and went to two others. Most of the guys in front of him have never even been let alone won any. I would never rate him #1 because he has obvious weaknesses. But how can you say he's probably the best OSU coach of all time and think that rates you at 14th for current coaches? Really? RR is ranked higher... how can one justify that.

I would have Tress in top 5, but def no one. No question Meyer and especially Caroll are better. There is no reason not to have Carrol #1 and Meyer #2 for the here and now list. The list overall is kinda joke.

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According to Wikipedia(yeah, I know...) OSU won in the 2002-2003 by 7 points and they were BLOWN out in 2006-2007 (27 points) and 2007-2008 (14 points). IMO, Tressel should have at least 2 if not 3 National Champ rings and he only has 1.

Is Tressel a good HC? Of course. Is he the best ever at OSU? No F'n way (Woody Hayes would like to have a word with you if you think so). Should RichRod be ranked as high as he is? Hell F no! The rest of them I don't really know and really could care less.

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13. Jim Tressel, Ohio State. Is he the best coach in Buckeyes history?


I would just think, if you are even going to contemplate that as they are you would rank him higher than 14.

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IMO, Les Miles is under-rated as well, especially on that chart...


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IMO, Les Miles is under-rated as well, especially on that chart...


Holy crap... I just notice how far down he was...

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