I’ve covered the SEC for 44 years and attended 39 Media Days. I’ve met and watched dozens of coaches and thousands of players. I felt this year’s Media Days would be a good time to tell you who I think are the best and worst coaches, my favorite and least favorite and the top players during that four decade-plus era.
Today my lists of best and worst coaches.
Best: 1. Nick Saban, Alabama (of course); 2. Steve Spurrier, Florida (most innovative); 3. Urban Meyer, Florida (winner); 4. Phil Fulmer, Tennessee (underrated); 5. Les Miles, LSU (underappreciated). Close but no cigar: Georgia’s Vince Dooley and Alabama’s Gene Stallings.
Worst: No. 1 Derek Dooley, Tennessee (not his dad); 2. Mike Shula, Alabama (see Derek Dooley); 3. Lane Kiffin, Tennessee (immature); 4. Jim McElwain, Florida (goofball); 5. Bret Bielema, Arkansas (overmatched). Close but no cigar: Too many to list.
Tomorrow: favorite and least favorite coaches.