So says Richard Cirminiello, who ranks the 116 NCAA Div. 1-A coaches in a piece currently posted on collegefootballnews.com.
Noting that his rankings are based on recent performance and not ''a lifetime achievement award,'' Cirminiello lists the top five in this order:
1. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
3. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland
Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer is rated No. 10. Other SEC coaches are as follows:
23. Houston Nutt, Arkansas
49. Ron Zook, Florida
63. Jackie Sherrill, Miss. State
64. David Cutcliffe, Ole Miss
79. Rich Brooks, Kentucky
And, underscoring his assertion that his rankings are not a lifetime achievement award, Cirminiello rates Penn State's Joe Paterno and Florida State's Bobby Bowden No. 39 and No. 40, respectively.