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March 3, 2009
Whispers: Ranking the coaches in the SEC
With the dust settled on the head coaching searches across the nation, now is a good time to rank the coaches in each BCS conference.
This is a highly subjective exercise I have done annually for the past three years. My criteria is a mix of future projections with past performances.
First up is the SEC, which now and forever will be the premier conference in America. It also is a league that had as much coaching tumult as any, with three new coaches: Tennessee's Lane Kiffin, Auburn's Gene Chizik and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen.
1. Urban Meyer, Florida
2. Nick Saban, Alabama
3. Mark Richt, Georgia
4. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss
5. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
6. Les Miles, LSU
7. Rich Brooks, Kentucky
8. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas
9. Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt
10. Gene Chizik, Auburn
11. Lane Kiffin, Tennessee
12. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.