Great College Football Coaches Are Easy To Find, Here Are The 10 Best!

Scott CollierContributor IMay 27, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 11: Coach Urban Meyer of the University of Florida Gators directs play against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 11, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

There are different areas that make a coach great but we all know that winning is king. Many coaches in college football, and all sports, do plenty of guest speaking, charity work, and donating of their money. Ultimately, they are all judged on wins and losses, and that's what makes these 10 the best in the "biz", in my opinion.

1)  Urban Meyer—83-17 overall, two national titles, two conference titles

Coach Meyer has won everywhere he has coached and has only gotten better while at Florida.  With two national titles in four years, there is really no argument as to who is No. 1.


2) Bob Stoops—109-24 overall, one national title, six conference titles

While coach Stoops being this high might earn some criticism due to his recent bowl record, you can't argue with the fact that he has taken OU to four national title games in 10 years; that is unparalleled in college football. 


3) Pete Carroll—88-15 overall, one national title, seven-straight Pac-10 titles

Carroll is a great coach. He has returned USC to dominance, but the Pac-10 is not a great conference, and he consistently loses games that he should never lose. Every team is prone to upsets, but not to this level.


4) Joe Paterno—383-127-3, two national titles, three conference titles

Coach Paterno seems to have found it again, after a stretch of struggles earlier this decade. Coach Paterno is one kick and one pass from playing for two national titles this decade.  I am pulling for him to end up No. 1 all-time in wins when he retires.

5) Jim Tressel—218–76–2, five national titles (4 were in 1-AA), five conference titles

Much like Pete Carroll, he is perceived to have dominated a weak conference. Much like coach Stoops, he has not been winning big games lately.  He has still taken Ohio St. to three national title games this decade and is the only coach above two national title appearances, except coach Stoops.

6) Nick Saban—110-50-1, one national title, two conference titles

Nick Saban is moving back up the list fast. What he did at LSU was amazing, and he is quickly getting Alabama to that level. If not for an ill-advised coaching stint in the NFL, he would probably be much higher.

7) Mack Brown—201-100-1 overall, one national title, one conference title 

Mack Brown is a great recruiter, but he is a really, really good coach.  Coach Brown has turned Texas back into a powerhouse and has proven it with a great amount of high-level success, peaking with the national title in 2005.  The problem is that he has been a coach for over 25 years and has only one conference title to his name, that being in 2005 with Texas.  The national title keeps him this high, but I cant go any higher.

8) Gary Patterson—72-27, two conference titles

Coach Patterson took over at TCU in 2000 and has had five 10-win seasons.  His program has been a model of consistency as a so-called mid-major, and he has repeatedly turned down bigger-name jobs, and one wonders if he will ever leave Ft. Worth.


9) Kyle Whittingham—37-14, one conference title

Coach Whittingham took over for Urban Meyer and has kept Utah as a top-tier program, getting his signature win this season as his team man-handled Alabama.


10) Chris Peterson—35-4, two conference titles

Coach Peterson has been great at Boise St., leading them to an undefeated season and a signature win against heavyweight program OU. I would like to see him move on to a bigger school. However, when Dan Hawkins made the move from Boise, it didn't work out.


Just Missed—Mangino, Beamer, Leach, Richt, Nutt, Grobe