100 Days of SEC Dominance: All of the New Coaching Hires Rank in the Top 25
Editor’s note: There were a total of 28 coaching hires this year.
There was major coaching turnover in the SEC East this year, as Georgia, Missouri, and South Carolina brought in new head men. Athlon Sports ranked the hires 1-28, and all three new hires ranked in the top 25 among the 28 total hires made.
8. Barry Odom, Mizzou: Continuity for the Tigers, as they promoted their AWESOME defensive coordinator. What that means for an offense that scored 8 touchdowns after a week 1 win over Southeast Missouri State? No clue.
10. Kirby Smart, Georgia: Even taking off the red and black glasses, this seems like a low ranking. Assuming ‘relative to program standing’ is a blind variable here, as Smart ranks behind Willie Fritz (2), his predecessor (3), and Mormon West Coaster Bronco Mendenhall at Virginia (9). Whatever.
24. Will Muschamp, South Carolina: BUT THEY RANKED IN THE TOP 25!!! I can’t adequately put into words how stupid this hire was. South Carolina maintained its trend of ‘upward mobility through retreads’, or at least ‘retreads’. Coach Boom is getting the last year at Florida band back together, and I can’t be happier about the hire.
A sampling of schools who made better hires, according to Athlon: Illinois, Central Florida, Toledo, North Texas, ULM, Hawai’i, RUTGERS, Texas State, ECU (who inexplicably ran good guy Ruffin McNeill out of town).