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May
05
2015

Ranking every Power 5 and Independents Head football coach 1-68 for 2015. Here is 30-39.

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Records shown are at current school with their conference records.

Coaching Rankings : 1-9 | 10-19 | 20-29 | 40-4950-59 | 60-68

30) Dan Mullen – Mississippi St (46-31, 22-36)

Dan Mullen has made Mississippi State a respected program in the rugged SEC West. He’s only finished above .500 in league once, but last year got the Bulldogs to #1 in the country where they remained for several weeks. I didn’t like the finish though, losing 3 of their last 4 games including getting run over by Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

31) Steve Sarkisian – USC (9-4, 6-3)

Last season USC was solid if unspectacular under Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian has never a had a 10+ win season in his coaching career, which includes his time at Washington. To his credit, he’s had 5 straight years with a winning record in the Pac 12, while at at Washington and USC.

32) Kyle Whittingham – Utah (85-43, 49-3

Kyle Whittingham has had some great years at Utah including a 13-0 season back in 2008 when Utah was in the Mountain West. When Utah first joined the Pac 12 they had an 8-5 year, but it looked like Whittingham was a bit overwhelmed after back to back 5-7 seasons. Last year he rebounded to go 9-4.

33) Charlie Strong – Texas (6-7, 5-4)

Is this too low for Charlie Strong, after winning 23 games his last two years at Louisville before going to Texas? Maybe, but a 6-7 year at Texas with a couple of blowout losses to TCU and Arkansas to end the year weren’t Strong’s best moments. There was enough talent in Austin to win 8 or 9 games.

34) Frank Beamer – Virginia Tech (231-115-2, 121-49)

This isn’t a career based list or Frank Beamer would be in the top 10. This is recent history, and recently Virginia Tech has been perfectly average. A 3-5 ACC record was Beamer’s worst since joining the ACC. Remember though the Hokies still went into Columbus and beat Ohio State. Beamer may not be done yet.

35) Ken Niumatalolo – Navy (57-35)

Navy isn’t independent anymore. This year they join the American, but if I rank Army, I’m going to go ahead and rank Navy. Ken Niumatalolo puts together 8-9 win seasons at Navy like clockwork, and most importantly he keeps beating Army.

36) Bronco Mendenhall – BYU (90-39, 39-9)

I like Bronco Mendenhall. BYU is a solid program capable of winning 8-10 games a year, but Mendenhall may have hit a bit of wall in the recent years. BYU is averaging 5 losses a year the last 3 seasons.

37) Kyle Flood – Rutgers (23-16, 11-12)

Rutgers isn’t exactly the easiest place to win at, and Kyle Flood has done a pretty good job. Flood won 8 games last year, and 9 three years ago. Can he get Rutgers to finish a year in the top 25? That hasn’t happened yet.

38) Pat Narduzzi – Pittsburgh (0-0, 0-0)

I think Pat Narduzzi is an excellent hire at Pittsburgh, and he could move up this list quickly. This will be his first year as a head coach.

39) Pat Fitzgerald – Northwestern (60-53, 30-42)

Northwestern is one of the toughest jobs in the country. Pat Fitzgerald has done some good things there including a 10 win season just 3 years ago, but back to back 5-7 years have pushed him down these rankings.


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