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June 25, 2010

Ranking the Big 12: Head coaches

There's been quite a bit of coaching turnover in the Big 12 Conference over the last few seasons, but if there's been one thing that's been consistent, it's been the coaching abilities of Texas head coach Mack Brown and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. As Huskeronline.com wraps up our "ranking the Big 12" series, today we conclude things with our Big 12 head coach rankings led by Brown and Stoops.

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1. Mack Brown, Texas
In 12 seasons at Texas Mack Brown has a record of 128-27, including one national championship and one runner-up finish. Brown has led Texas to five BCS bowl games and has won 9 or more games every year at UT and 10 or more games every season since 2001. However, maybe the most important stat right now for Brown is the fact he's beaten rival Oklahoma four out of the last five years. Brown has also done great things with his coaching staff like the hiring of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
2. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
At one time Oklahoma's Bob Stoops was considered the top coach in college football with USC's Pete Carroll. However, the last few seasons Stoops has seen his reign at the top slip, as Texas has surpassed the Sooners. 2009 was the first time Stoops has lost five games at Oklahoma since is inaugural season in Norman where he went 7-5. Injuries to key players like Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham have played a major role in OU's recent slip, but Stoops is still easily one of the top five coaches in college football.
3. Bo Pelini, Nebraska
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini continues to close the gap on Brown and Stoops for top coaching honors in the Big 12. Pelini has gone a combined 19-8 at NU the last two seasons, but with the way the Huskers finished the 2009 season things look very promising for the future. Nebraska will have their first legitimate chance to capture the Big 12 title outright and qualify for a BCS bowl game for the first time in a long time.
4. Bill Snyder, Kansas State
When Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder decided to come out of retirement, many people questioned if he had the energy to turn things around again at KSU. Snyder didn't disappoint in his first season back, as the Wildcats where one of the better schemed and better coached teams in the Big 12. Kansas State played Nebraska tough in Lincoln, almost capturing the Big 12 North title and they should be contenders in the North again in 2010.
5. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State
Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads is a perfect fit in Ames. In his first season, Rhoads restored pride in Cyclone faithful by winning the Insight Bowl over Minnesota and beating Nebraska in Lincoln. We'll really find out what Rhoads is made of this year, as ISU must play Iowa, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech on their schedule, to go along with their regular Big 12 North games.

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