How do the SEC head coaches rank entering 2014?

Sporting News’ senior writer Matt Hayes recently ranked the SEC head coaches entering 2014. Along with the different conferences, Hayes also laid out how he thought the coaches stacked up to those around the country.

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Five SEC head coaches are among the country’s 20 best. Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier led the entire country at No. 1 and No. 2. Les Miles came in at No. 8, the only other coach in the top 10, and Gus Malzahn (13) and Mark Richt (14) rounded out the top 20.

We’ll get into our own coaching rankings closer to the start of the season, but here is the list Hayes derived. You can see the SEC coaches’ rankings here and the country’s top 128 coaches here.

1. Nick Saban, Alabama
2. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
3. Les Miles, LSU
4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
5. Mark Richt, Georgia
6. Bret Bielema, Arkansas
7. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
8. Gary Pinkel, Missouri
9. Butch Jones, Tennessee
10. Will Muschamp, Florida
11. Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss
12. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
13. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
14. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt

Were you surprised to see Bret Bielema ranked so high? Should Gus Malzahn be ranked ahead of Les Miles and Mark Richt?

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