LSU head coach Les Miles tumbled 10 spots to No. 18 in Sporting News’ latest annual rankings of college coaches. A certain Alabama coach also lost a little of his shine, giving way to the new top-ranked coach, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.
Meyer jumped from No. 3 to No. 1, knocking Alabama’s Nick Saban to No. 2. Mark Dantonio of Michigan State rounds out the Top 3.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, at No. 29, continues to be well-regarded by the Sporting News staff, which opines that he is “the perfect fit for the SEC with his knowledge of recruiting in the geographic footprint and his history of winning” and predicts he’ll eventually land a “big job (see: LSU, South Carolina, Georgia).”
Others Louisiana coaches ranked are Skip Holtz of Louisiana Tech, No. 74, up 18 spots from last year, and Curtis Johnson of Tulane, No. 114, down 24 spots from last year.
As for Miles’ new ranking, the report, which also ranks him as the No. 5 coach in the SEC, notes that his string of four seasons with double-digit wins ended last year, “and it could have been much worse than the 8-5 record. There’s still no coach as exciting on game day, but Miles must get better production from the quarterback spot this fall to reain his footing in the brutal SEC West.”