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
4. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
9. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State
10. Mack Brown, Texas
Dienhart's second 10 consists of these coaches:
13. Tom O'Brien, N.C. State
14. Bobby Bowden, Florida State
15. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
16. Lloyd Carr, Michigan
18. Joe Paterno, Penn State
19. Butch Davis, North Carolina
20. Houston Nutt, Arkansas
Also ranking ahead of Fulmer are these 10 coaches:
22. Jeff Tedford, Cal
25. Mike Riley, Oregon State
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).