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Attached is an article by Athlon which ranks all FBS coaches from 1-125.
Bo Pelini comes in at 35.
I think it is a rather fair ranking. Every coach ranked ahead of Bo has either won a Conference Championship or a FBS team he has coached has played in a BCS bowl game.
Todd Graham at #29 is the one that leaves me scratching my head a bit. The mighty Mack Brown at #28 is telling. My how far he has dropped in the public eye over the past 3 seasons. Write this article back in January of 2006, and Mack Brown is an unquestionable Top 5 coach.
That's about fair.
I think there are some in front of Bo whom I'd take Bo over. Just as there are some behind Bo that I'd choose over him.
Frank Beamer is way too high, he's not top ten. Same goes for Bobby Petrino... Fitzgerald and Briles could coach circles around both of those coaches IMO. I still don't understand why Athlon is so high on Gary Anderson, I understand what he did at Utah State, but seriously, he hasn't coached a down of big boy football yet. He's the only one I would put Bo over on that list though and he's right in front of him.
FYI... Carl Pelini came in at 119.... called a "strange" hire for FAU.
I think Beamer is fair to be up there.
Virginia Tech was nothing before he got there. with the exception of last year, they have been a perennial 10-win team with a number of conference championships and top 10-15 finishes.
He's never won the big one yet...but he's won alot. And it's not like Blacksburg, VA is an incredibly desirable place to go.
Petrino should be up there. Won big at Louisville. Won big at Arkansas. Turned both into top 10 programs. If this ranking was ranking likeable guys, I'd agree with you...but it's ranking best coaches and its hard to argue with his accomplishments.
Agree with you somewhat on Anderson. He's done a good job at Utah State but had a little help this last year with the conference they were in. I think he's a good coach but in a wait and see approach.
This post was edited by nustudent 12 months ago
fair enough... Just saying that about 10 years ago I probably would have agreed with the Beamer hype, but the last five years have been a bit disappointing after what he was able to accomplish. Gone down hill a bit. Petrino did turn Louisville into a power house and has a fantastic offensive scheme, I think he's Top 15 for sure, but top 10? Just don't see it.
I would take Gary Patterson, Mark Richt, Pat Fitzgerald and Art Briles over him.
Patterson and Briles...yes
Wait and see on Fitzgerald.
No thanks on Richt
What Fitzgerald has accomplished at a small private school like Northwestern is comparable to Briles for sure IMO. I'm not sure there's a "wait and see," I think he's shown he can do it. I'd still take Richt over Petrino, has had more success, though he hasn't been able to live up to the hype. Heck he was one play away from the national title last year.
I think Baylor had more going against it than Northwestern does. Briles also won before Baylor too.
Baylor beat some real good teams in a few of their winning seasons under Briles.
If Fitzgerald wins 9 or 10 again this year, I may start to believe a little more.
Richt has had more success....but he should considering the school he coaches compared to the two that Petrino has been at.
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