Rating college football's coaches

Two of the NCAA's top five football coaches toil in the Southeastern Conference but neither of them is named Fulmer.

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

2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State

3. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland

4. Nick Saban, LSU

5. Mark Richt, Georgia

Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer is rated No. 10. Other SEC coaches are as follows:

20. Lou Holtz, South Carolina

23. Houston Nutt, Arkansas

31. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn

49. Ron Zook, Florida

63. Jackie Sherrill, Miss. State

64. David Cutcliffe, Ole Miss

65. Mike Shula, Alabama

79. Rich Brooks, Kentucky

94. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt

Incidentally, former Alabama head man Dennis Franchione (now at Texas A&M) is rated No. 8. Former Vol assistant Walt Harris (now at Pittsburgh) is ranked No. 21.

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.


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