SEC Football: Power Ranking the Conference's Head Coaches

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIJanuary 24, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches warm-ups before the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The coaching carousel has once again stopped for another season. By now, most fans have had a chance to size up their team's respective coach and decide if they are happy with their head man or not.

It is interesting, but most of the time, a new head coach finds initial love and acceptance from their fan base, even if he was not the top pick heading into the hiring process. Why? Because he is the guy who wanted to come and be part of the school.

How do the SEC coaches compare to one another? Here is a power ranking of the SEC's 14 coaches.

1. Nick Saban - Alabama

Winning three out of the last four BCS national titles says all that needs to be said on this subject.

2. Steve Spurrier - South Carolina

Spurrier is the all-time wins leader as a head football coach for both South Carolina and Florida. That is pretty impressive.

3. Les Miles - LSU

He is unpredictable, entertaining and, most importantly, he has that BCS national title. He also has an 85-21 record as the Tigers head man.


4. Bret Bielema - Arkansas

The new Razorback coach has won three straight Big Ten titles at Wisconsin. That has to be worth something.

5. Mark Richt - Georgia

While he has his detractors, Richt has generated 10 or more wins in eight of his 12 seasons as the top 'Dawg.

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6. Kevin Sumlin - Texas A&M

First, there was the success that he enjoyed at Houston. Then he led the Aggies in winning 11 games in their first year as a member of the SEC.

7. Butch Jones - Tennessee

Two Big East championships, two MAC titles, and four conference titles in six years as a head coach. Nice.

8. James Franklin - Vanderbilt

The last time Vandy won nine games before the 2012 season was in 1915. Franklin may actually be underrated at the No. 8 spot.


9. Hugh Freeze - Ole Miss

The year before Freeze’s arrival, the Rebels were 2-10. Last year, they went 7-5 and you could see Ole Miss playing better each week.

10. Will Muschamp - Florida

He made a lot of progress in his second year as a head coach for the Gators, but the team's performance in this year's Sugar Bowl was less than satisfying.

11. Dan Mullen - Mississippi State

The Bulldogs are posting decent records, but at some point, Mullen has to win big games consistently.

 12. Gus Malzahn - Auburn

The former Arkansas and Auburn offensive coordinator had a great one-year stint at Arkansas State, but the jury is still out as to what he can do in the SEC.

13. Gary Pinkel - Missouri

He looked like he was in over his head after going 2-6 in conference play during the Tigers' first year in the SEC.

14. Mark Stoops - Kentucky

The Wildcat's new coach has a famous last name, but what do we really know about his ability to lead a football program? He is also at Kentucky.