The top coach is Urban Meyer; Richt has unlisted number

Rule 1 of list-making: Any rundown worth its bullet points must stir discussion. Here’s one that goes above and beyond. Matt Hayes of Sporting News rates the top five coaches in college football. We’ll gloss over the top two because it’s just too depressing to note that No. 1 works six hours down I-75 and No. 2 works 3 1/2 hours west on I-20. Let’s skip to No. 5:

Brian Kelly of Cincinnati.

The front four — the Urban Crier, Coach Satan, Pete Carroll and Big-Loss Bob Stoops — have won a total of five BCS titles. Brian Kelly has never won a BCS game. But I’m not saying Hayes made a bad choice. I’m saying he made a great choice. Because he’s guaranteed to get a ton of e-mail from north of Cincinnati, where there’s a coach who wears a sweater vest and who has won a BCS title and played for two others and who isn’t in Hayes’ top five.

Jim Tressel is listed third among “five on the outside.” The other four: Mack Brown, Les Miles, Chris Petersen of Boise State and Frank Beamer.

Jim Tressel, outsider. Brian Kelly, big-timer. Great list.

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And now we come to what we in the biz call the Local Angle: Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech is No. 1 among Hayes’ “five with sights on the top five.” The other four: Two guys who coach along Tobacco Road (Tom O’Brien and Butch Davis), plus Rich Rodriguez of Michigan and Gary Patterson of TCU.

And you know whose name pops up nowhere? The guy who works in Athens and who wins 10 games every year. The guy who has two SEC titles to his name. The guy who has Willie Martinez as his defensive coordinator. That guy used to be considered a real comer. Where’d he go?

(Now available for viewing: Mark Bradley — that’d be me — stops making snide asides and actually presents his top 10 college coaches. Obviously Lane Kiffin is No. 1, but who’s No. 2? And does Richt make this list?)

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Guys Big Bite | All Days Long

July 14th, 2009
1:54 pm

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Nick Saban

July 14th, 2009
1:55 pm

“3-Saban-Ala…..Great Recruiter”

And one of these days, I’ll actually “coach” that talent and win 10 games twice in a row.


July 14th, 2009
2:19 pm

Melinda, that was a dumb, unresearched post on my part, and I apologize. It’s just that with all this CPJ>CMR, I dunno, I just seen red. Hmmm Hmm.

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Robert Fitzhugh Lee

July 14th, 2009
2:21 pm

Paul Johnson racked up 409 yards and five touchdowns in Athens in his first damn year.

You think SI’s 3-9 prediction carried any wisdom with it? Well 409 yards 5 touchdowns is your answer.

With obscenely greater talent according to Rivals and Scout, Tech will continue to outsprint, outmatch & most importantly out tough UGA. Quoting Schlabach, “Georgia Tech is tougher than Georgia.”

Paul instills toughness, Richt gives three game suspensions.

Carry on,
Robert F. Lee

Robert Fitzhugh Lee

July 14th, 2009
2:23 pm

13 Carries 214 Yards 2 Touchdowns

A Freshman, My God, A Freshman

Not Disappointed

July 14th, 2009
4:52 pm

CMR is a great coach but Paul Johnson is a Darn Good one too. The state has two Coach which knows there game! Be happy! dogs have CMR and THE jackets have Coach Paul Johnson.

Ramblin Wreck!

Not Disappointed

July 14th, 2009
5:00 pm

Thank you Coach Paul Johnson for coming to Georgia Tech! Ramblin Wreck!

FL Gator

July 14th, 2009
6:24 pm

The same Urban Meyer that called 2 Timeouts in the final minutes as Florida was scoreboard stomping Georgia. Definitive #1 Head Coach this season ! ! Anyways, i hope Georgia Tech runs all over Georgia again. If that happens, i’ll be laughing this one to bank as a Gators Fan, then Athens will have major problems to contend with…Period ! !

if its any consolation to ugay fans

July 15th, 2009
11:05 am

Reverand Mark Richt would be the top prison system football coach in the land. hands down.

he reminds me of the warden in the movie
‘the shawshank redemption’.

now in comparing coach richt vs coach johnson answer me this…..

would coach richt have beaten ugag last year had the coaches roles been reversed? NO WAY NO HOW. NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!

would mark richt have accomplished half of what paul johnson accomplished at navy? lmao. not even close.

paul johnson is the coach mark richt strives to be!


July 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

Who is the best coach in the country – simple – who would you want your son to play for.

Bob Stoops

July 15th, 2009
3:29 pm

Mack Brown currently has scoreboard on the following coaches, all of whom have won national championships: Jim Tressel, Bob Stoops, Nick Saban, Les Miles, Pete Carroll, and Lloyd Carr.

He’s the winningest coach in college football over the last 10 years.

Yet he’s not in the top five.


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