Fulmer 31st among BCS coaches

Yesterday in this space we featured a rating of the men who fill the 12 Southeastern Conference football head coaching positions, compiled by Tom Dienhart and posted at the Sportingnews.com website.

Today we take a look at Dienhart's rankings of the coaches at all 66 Bowl Championship Series schools.

Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer finished in the lower half of Dienhart's SEC rankings ... eighth to be specific. The Vol coach does a bit better in Dienhart's BCS ratings. At least, he places in the top half ... specifically 31st out of the 66.

Dienhart's ratings, posted April 26, offer the following top 10:

1. Pete Carroll, Southern California

2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State

3. Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia

4. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest

5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

6. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

7. Nick Saban, Alabama

8. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

9. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State

10. Mack Brown, Texas

Dienhart's second 10 consists of these coaches:

11. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

12. Urban Meyer, Florida

13. Tom O'Brien, N.C. State

14. Bobby Bowden, Florida State

15. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn

16. Lloyd Carr, Michigan

17. Mike Bellotti, Oregon

18. Joe Paterno, Penn State

19. Butch Davis, North Carolina

20. Houston Nutt, Arkansas

Also ranking ahead of Fulmer are these 10 coaches:

21. Bill Callahan, Nebraska

22. Jeff Tedford, Cal

23. Mark Richt, Georgia

24. Jim Leavitt, South Florida

25. Mike Riley, Oregon State

26. Mike Leach, Texas Tech

27. Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville

28. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland

29. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt

30. Chan Gailey, Georgia Tech

Following Fulmer at No. 31 are Purdue's Joe Tiller (32), Rutgers' Greg Schiano (33), Virginia's Al Groh (34), Kansas' Mark Mangino (35), Cincinnati's Brian Kelly (36), Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione (37), Colorado's Dan Hawkins (38), Wisconsin's Bret Bielema (39) and Kentucky's Rich Brooks (40).

LSU's Les Miles, who has a 22-4 record in two years at Baton Rouge, checks in at No. 41. Perhaps the biggest surprise of Dienhart's ratings is the fact Notre Dame's Charlie Weis – reputed by some to walk on water – is ranked a lowly 42nd.

In case you're wondering about the other SEC coaches, Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom is No. 56 and Ole Miss' Ed Orgeron is No. 63. The only coaches graded lower than Orgeron are Boston College's Jeff Jagodzinski (64th), Syracuse's Greg Robinson (65th) and Iowa State's Gene Chizik (66th).

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