Inside the Numbers - SEC Coaching Legends

[MEDIA:33888]<BR>Steve Spurrier is the greatest coach in Florida Gator history. He brought the school it's first SEC title and National Chmapionship. He joins a great list of past Southeastern Conference legendary Head Coaches. Lets take a look "Inside the Numbers" at his twelve year Gator run compared to some other the other SEC legends like Bear, Shug, the General and Dodd.

Paul "Bear" Bryant is the greatest coach in SEC history.  Bryant led the Crimson Tide to 24 straight winning seasons.  He won 232 games, 13 SEC titles and six National Championships.

Some other SEC coaching legends were Bobby Dodd (GT), Vince Dooley (UGA), Shug Jordan (AU), Robert Neyland (TN), and Johnny Vaught (OM).

  • During Dodd's 22 years as the head coach at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets compiled an impressive 165-64-8 record.  Dodd is ultimately revered by Georgia Tech fans for his success from 1951 to 1956, with a national championship in 1952.

  • Vince Dooley spent 25 very successful years at Georgia and retired as only the sixth Division 1-A coach to earn more than 200 victories.  Between 1980 and 1983, Georgia lost just four games and won a National Championship.
  • Shug Jordan won 176 games at Auburn including a National Championship in 1957.
  • Bob Neyland retired from coaching after the 1952 season.  His three stints at Tennessee totaled 21 years of coaching with a career record of 173-31-12.  Neyland won multiple national titles with the Vols.
  • Johnny Vaught won six SEC titles and the Rebels were named National Champions by a major poll on three different occasions (1959, 1960 and 1962).   His overall record was 190-61-12.

  • Tennessee Head Coach Philip Fulmer is off to a blazing start with the Vols.  In a little over nine seasons at the head man, Tennessee has transformed itself to a national power.  Along the way, Fulmer has won a National Title and two SEC champinships.  He is the winningest active coach in college football.

All of these coaches had a great impact on the SEC in some form or fashion.  Neyland set a standard at Tennessee as one of the great Southern powers in college football and he did so with a playbook of less than two dozen plays and a rigorous drive to execute perfectly.  Dodd played for Coach Neyland at Tennessee.  His defenses were so tough that he would often punt the ball early, so that he could pin opponents back in their own territory and give the Tech defense a chance to make a play.  Vaught was considered an offensive genius.  He believed that an offense should be adapted to bring out the best in his current players, as opposed to the popular belief at the time that a team's current players should adapt their skills to fit into a coach's philosophy.  Vaught brought together several different systems to create a diverse offense which was was always ready to adapt.  He became the first coach in the Deep South to use the Split-T formation to take advantage of his quarterbacks who could run the ball well.  He created sprint-out attacks based out of a Wing-T formation which took advantage of his QBs like Archie Manning who could run well and pass well.

In 1990 Steve Spurrier came back to the University of Florida as the "Head Ball Coach".  The former Gator Heisman Trophy winning quarterback brought his offensive scheme with him and the rest is history.  Spurrier's wide open passing attack took the SEC by storm and changed the conference to what it is today in regards to offense.  No longer do we have the days of three yards and a cloud of dust.  Teams had to adjust and change their schemes to keep with with Spurrier, as he ripped through the SEC and dominated the conference like no one had seen since the great Bear.  He took a mediocre program and turned the Gators into a National power.  Six SEC titles (he claims 7 SEC title) and a National Championship later, Steve Spuurier's impact on the SEC and college football was incredible.

And he did this in only twelve seasons.  Along the way, he won 86 conference games and averaged 10 wins per season.  That is more than any other coach in SEC history during their first dozen seasons.  Spurrier's success was enhanced with the fact they play more conference games now than they did way back when.  But at the same time, you have more chances at failure.

Lets take a look (tackle below) "Inside the Numbers" at all these legendary coaches, their overall records and their first twelve years they were with their respective SEC schools.

Coach Overall Record Career at School 1st 12 Years SEC 1st 12 Years Overall
Bear Bryant (Ala) 
1958- '82
323-85-17 232-49-12 64-17-5 103-21-8
Bobby Dodd (GT)
165-64-8 165-64-8 58-18-1 101-28-4
Vince Dooley (UGA) 
201-77-10 201-77-10 48-25-2 88-41-4
Shug Jordan (AU) 1951-'75 176-83-6 176-83-6 48-33-3 83-36-4
Philip Fulmer (TN) 1992-present 95-19 95-19 61-14 95-19
Robert Neyland (TN) 1926-'52 173-31-12 173-31-12 44-11-7 92-17-8
Steve Spurrier (Fla) 1990-'01 178-59-2 122-27-1 86-12 122-27-1
Johnny Vaught (OM) 1947-'70 190-61-12 190-61-2 51-19-3 92-27-5

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