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I see the term “Great” used so often, it seems to have lost its meaning.
Who are the truly “Great” active Coaches and what have they done to be considered great?
Also, who would you rate as Very Good or Good and why?
Which of these coaches do you think have the potential to be truly great?
We all know Coach Saban tops the list, but who else?
There's only one great one IMO and we all know who that is.
Most coaches with a legit natty I would consider very good, I'll even throw in those that played for one so...Kelly, Meyer, Brown (questionable right now), Les, David Shaw, Petterson, Patterson. Good coaches...Hoke, Franklin, Richt, Spurrier, Bronco Mendenhall., Sumlin.
Edit...add Snyder in the good and Stoops in very good. I'm also not yet sold completely on Strong, Myschamp, and Fischer...not enough consistency and nothing great potential wise that I see out of a James Franklin type.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BAMAMANAGER 13 months ago
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
great, saban and Meyer.very good,bob stoops and bill Snyder.if you gave those four coaches our recruits they would all be successful.saban is just the only one who can get em on a reg basis.
Saban may end up best ever. Then Meyer,Spurier, Kelley (Oregon but he just left). Chris Peterson. I want to put Miles in there but he's just too nuty. I also want to put Richt but you said great coaches. Too early for Sumlin or Strong. Who's the guy at TCU? That'd be my list.
This post was edited by bamamba1989 13 months ago
I used to consider Bob Stoops to be a great coach but things have slipped some at Oklahoma recently. In past years he was near the top of great college coaches. Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh and Chip Kelly too but not anymore since they are in the NFL. Saban is a great coach, Meyer is as well (much as I hate to admit it). Gary Patterson at TCU is a great coach for what he's done with their program. In a bigger program he would do some great things. Not sure why he hasn't taken another job. Guys like Brian Kelly, Sumlin, Beamer, Richt, Miles, Brown, Hoke, Mora at UCLA are good coaches.
At Florida, Meyer had equivalent takent . He did choose smaller, speedier skill position guys, but they were good. Stoops has similar talent on O, but D always takes a back seat in the Big 12. Synder on the other hand, does more with less than any other coach. I respect the hell out of him.
I think we are judging Stoops (and to a lesser degree Miles) too harshly because we are so close to the Saban machine. History will probably hold like them in pretty high regard. Bo Shembechler is considered an all time great although he never won a national title. Both BS & LM have won a national title, played for others, and had sustained success over a decent period of time. Both runs are comparable to runs by Spurrier and Lou Holtz and those guys are hall of famers.
This post was edited by Run37 13 months ago
I agree on Snyder. Kansas State is a tough place to recruit and he has done some great things during both of his coaching tenures. It will be interesting to see how he does without Collin Klein at QB though. Klein was a beast at QB.
Kelly and ND did not deserve to be playing for one
Saban by far the best, Meyer would be second, spurrier third, stoops fourth, Miles fifth, Richt sixth, Snyder, Brown, Patterson, Petterson but questionable because he doesn't play the tough schedule each year, Kelly at Orgeon, Pete Caroll if he was still in college would be third because he had as good a recuiting area as Brown in texas, did not have to work as hard to get talent as Saban. It will really get interesting now with meyer at OSU and Kelly at ND which have a built in recuiting base.
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