The best college head-coaching jobs

February, 28, 2013
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Athlon Sports has ranked all 125 head-coaching jobs in college football, and Texas came in at No. 1.

It's hard to argue that selection, although you could make a case for Florida.

That said, Florida was No. 2 on Athlon's list and was joined by three other SEC schools in the top 10.

Alabama was No. 3, Georgia No. 8 and LSU No. 9.

I would have LSU higher, probably in the top 5. The recruiting base in the state of Louisiana is outstanding, and just about all of the top kids from that state grow up wanting to play at LSU. The Tigers are THE school in that state, and there aren't a lot of other top programs around the country that enjoy that kind of one-school monopoly in their own state.

What's more, the facilities at LSU are first-rate, and there's not a better game-day environment in college football than Tiger Stadium.

I would still have Florida as the top job in the SEC, but LSU would be my No. 2 job. Obviously, Alabama is Alabama, but I doubt a lot of people would have placed Alabama in the top 5 nationally prior to Nick Saban's arrival. The Tide didn't finish with a winning record in four of the seven seasons prior to Saban's hiring in 2007 and had only won one SEC title since 1992 when they finished unbeaten and won both the national championship and SEC championship.

Here's where the other SEC head-coaching jobs ranked on Athlon's list:
  • No. 13 -- Texas A&M
  • No. 17 -- Auburn
  • No. 18 -- Tennessee
  • No. 20 -- South Carolina
  • No. 28 -- Arkansas
  • No. 33 -- Ole Miss
  • No. 36 -- Missouri
  • No. 52 -- Kentucky
  • No. 55 -- Mississippi State
  • No. 62 -- Vanderbilt

Is anybody else surprised that Kentucky was ranked ahead of Mississippi State? What does that say about the job that Dan Mullen has done in Starkville? The Bulldogs have had three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1997-2000 when they had four in a row.

The same can be said about the job James Franklin has done at Vanderbilt. The Commodores are coming off their first back-to-back bowl appearances in school history and won nine games last season for the first time since 1915.

What Mullen and Franklin have done is even more impressive when you consider the run that the SEC is currently on with the seven straight national championships.

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