In its recent college football series “14 for 14,” ESPN.com included an article ranking the 14 best college football coaches.
College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer says that being an NFL head coach is a “demanding job with plenty of scrutiny.” But he goes on to say that the pressures a college coach faces – the constant pressure to win games, recruit wide and well and be available and front and center at booster functions, etc. – “might be even more rigorous than their professional counterparts.”
For those of us who are fans and fanatics about Big 12 football, it probably comes as no surprise that four coaches out of the Big 12 are on Fischer’s list of the top 14 college coaches in the land. And for the record, there are more Big 12 head coaches on the list than any other conference.
It’s also probably no surprise that Nick Saban of Alabama is No. 1 on the list, one of three coaches from the Southeastern Conference Fischer ranks among his top-14 list. Chris Peterson, formerly at Boise State but now at the University of Washington, might be a bit of a surprise at No, 2. Peterson is followed by Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Stanford’s David Shaw at No. 3 and No. 4.
Positions five, six, seven and nine are all coaches from the Big 12, with Mike Dantonio of Michigan State the only coach breaking up a run of four consecutive Big 12 coaches.
The dean of Big 12 football coaches, Bill Snyder of Kansas State, heads the Big 12 contingent in Fischer’s rankings, coming in at No. 5. Snyder is followed by Art Briles of defending Big 12 champion Baylor at No. 6 and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops at No. 7. Gary Patterson is the fourth and final Big 12 coach on the list, at No. 9.