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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Athlon ranks the Pac-12 coaches

By Kevin Gemmell

Lists are fun. They move debate and give fans something to talk about in the offseason.

One annual list that always seems to spark some heated conversations is the Athlon Sports rankings of Pac-12 coaches.

Some very interesting moves compared to last year's list, which you can see here.

The Athlon folks rank them 1-12 using this criteria:
Many factors play into just how successful a coach is at any school. How well are the assistants paid? Are the facilities up to par with the rest of the conference? Can the coach recruit or is he more of an X's and O's manager? Are there off-the-field or age issues to take into consideration? Has a coach built a program or continued the success from a previous coach? How is the resume outside of their current position? These questions and more were posed to the editors at Athlon Sports, as they were asked to rank the coaches of each of the six BCS conferences. One thing to keep in mind - the record is not always indicative of where a coach should rank in a conference.

Here are their rankings:
    David Shaw
    David Shaw jumped from No. 9 on Athlon's ranking of Pac-12 coaches last season to the top spot this year.
  1. David Shaw, Stanford
  2. Mike Riley, Oregon State
  3. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
  4. Todd Graham, Arizona State
  5. Mike Leach, Washington State
  6. Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
  7. Steve Sarkisian, Washington
  8. Jim Mora, UCLA
  9. Kyle Whittingham, Utah
  10. Sonny Dykes, California
  11. Lane Kiffin, USC
  12. Mark Helfrich, Oregon

Some thoughts: