(Note: This list does NOT mean these coaches all suck…for the most part)
1. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina–Clearly, Spurrier is past his prime. His offense hasn’t worked well in almost a decade and the South Carolina program is stuck in neutral. Still that doesn’t prevent the media from fawning over him every year. If I hear the term ‘ol’ ball coach’ one more time…
2. Jim Tressel, Ohio State–Is any coach more stubborn about his system and way of doing things? Sure, he is successful to a point, but he gets a ton of talent every year and lately has found a way to get pummeled in the big games. It’s almost as if he is satisfied to lose, as long as it is his way.
3. Les Miles, LSU–He recruits well and his roster is always stocked with future NFL players, but he generally makes some baffling decisions as a game coach and with regards to personnel. His teams seem to be woefully unprepared at times.
4. Joe Paterno, Penn State–He wouldn’t be here except for the fact that HE’S NOT REALLY COACHING THE TEAM ANYMORE. Great career, great program builder, but Tom Bradley basically runs this team now.
5. Lane Kiffin, Tennessee–Okay, he hasn’t coached game yet. But the fact that he got hired is confounding and clearly the result of some unfounded hype proferred on his behalf.
6. Mark Richt, Georgia–Nice man. Program is very good. But will he ever win big when he’s supposed to (like 2008)?
7. Jeff Tedford, Cal–Looked like a genius early in his career at Cal. But he hasn’t gotten his program over the hump, which leads one to point out that early in his career he inherited Kyle Boller and then stumbled upon Aaron Rodgers. The great QB developer hasn’t developed a good one since and has even bungled his QB situation at times.
8. Bobby Bowden, FSU–Yeah, the cat’s been out of the bag for some time on this one. But he still garners accolades here and there based almost entirely on what he did 15 years ago. What other coach gives interviews during BCS title games?
9. Dennis Erickson, ASU–Was a time when he was one of the best around, if not THE best. But he’s another coach working past his prime, though he still is considered an elite head man by some. I think the magic is gone and he won’t be long for Tempe.
10. Mike Stoops, Arizona–This is the coach who is always predicted to have a breakout season and then it never happens. Last year’s Arizona team had about as good a set-up as possible for Stoops and he still went 8-5!