Ranking the Pac 12 Coaches

Where do Kyle Whittingham, Chip Kelly, and Lane Kiffin stand in the pantheon of the Pac 12 coaching ranks?

1. Chip Kelly- Oregon
Took his team to a Rose Bowl and a national championship game in his first two season. Many schools are going to try to emulate the breakneck speed offense he runs. Players love him. Can't argue with results.

2. Mike Riley- Oregon State
Talk about getting something out of nothing. Turns two star recruits into five star players, regularly. Everyone wants Mike Riley. Yeah, the Beavs had a down year in 2010, but a lot of things had to go wrong for that to happen. He's a likable guys that players love to play for. If he was coaching at USC, he'd be a legend by now.

3. Kyle Whittingham- Utah
We know how Whitt does on the big stage with the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. He's consistent with his ten wins, hitting that mark each of the past three seasons. Does a great job of evaluating talent and developing it. No one does a better job of getting their players prepared (Boise State game excluded).

4. Dennis Erickson- Arizona State
It's hard to argue with his credentials. He's the most accomplished coach in the conference with two national titles at Miami under his belt. Erickson isn't the coach he once was, but he also doesn't have the same resources he did at Miami. His 2011 team could be the best in the Pac 12 South though.

5. Steve Sarkisian- Washington
The rising star in the Pac 12. Sarkisian took over a team that was 0-12 and had them hoisting a Holiday Bolw trophy by year 2. If they can put together a 9 or 10 win season next year, watch out.

6. Rick Neuheisal- UCLA
Rick has been fairly successful wherever he's been, expect at his alma mater. He's the best recruiter in the Pac 12, but his gameday deficiencies as a coach are the biggest thing keeping him from being an elite coach in the conference. That and wins.

7. Jeff Tedford- Cal
Tedford will be the winningest coach in school history at some point next season. That's not saying much but the guy knows how to score points.Cal fans want Pac 10 championships. That's not reasonable to expect on a consistent basis, especially considering Cal's hasn't won a national title since the 30s or an outright conference title or been to the Rose Bowl since 1958. Expectations a little too high in Berkeley?

8. Lane Kiffin- USC
What has Kiffen ever done to prove that he can be a head coach? Absolutely nothing. If he can turn USC into a powerhouse again, despite the sanctions, I'll have to give him his due. Until then, he's a solid recruiter and all world rule breaker.

9. Mike Stoops- Arizona
Mike Stoops can't coach his way out of a paper bag. He's lucky that the weather is nice and the ladies are lovely in Tucson or he'd never be able to bring in any real recruits based solely on his coaching ability.

10. Paul Wulff- Washington State
Wulff is 5-32 in his three years in Pullman with only two conferences wins. He's on a very hot seat heading into 2011.

Unknowns:
David Shaw- Stanford
Jon Embree- Colorado

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