CBS Sports unveils 2019 SEC head coach rankings
Ah, it’s list season.
As we enter mid-June, preseason magazines are coming out with their 2019 predictions. The “Dog Days” of Summer will soon be over, however, and it’ll be time for fall camp.
CBS Sports recently ranked the SEC’s head coaches 1-14 as voted on by their writing staff. There weren’t too many surprises; however, Kirby Smart being the third best SEC coach might be considered one. Jimbo Fisher occupies that No. 2 spot behind Nick Saban currently, according to CBS Sports.
Here’s CBS Sports’ rationale for ranking Smart No. 3:
Kirby Smart nearly won a national title in Year 2 and coached in a de facto national quarterfinal last season when his Bulldogs lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. There’s no doubt that he’s one of the top coaches in the country. But the one thing lacking on his resume is the national title, which looks like it’s more of a possibility for Georgia now than at any point since 1980.
Mark Stoops — ranked No. 8 — could also make a valid claim to be ranked higher. Ranked behind the trio of Gus Malzahn, Ed Orgeron and Will Muschamp, Stoops has a strong argument to be ranked higher than eighth among that tier.
Here’s CBS Sports’ ranking of the SEC head football coaches:
1. Nick Saban, Alabama
2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
3. Kirby Smart, Georgia
4. Dan Mullen, Florida
5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn
6. Ed Orgeron, LSU
7. Will Muschamp, South Carolina
8. Mark Stoops, Kentucky
9. Joe Moorhead, Miss State
10. Barry Odom, Missouri
11. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee
12. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
13. Matt Luke, Ole Miss
14. Chad Morris, Arkansas