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Power Ranking 13 College Football Coaches with the Most Swag

Carl StineCorrespondent IMay 20, 2013

Power Ranking 13 College Football Coaches with the Most Swag

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    The coaches on this list are some of the best in the nation, with excellent coaching track records and performance to back it up.

    They also know how to handle themselves both on and off the field.

    "Swag" is a word that is overused in our society, but it has a meaning that can be applied to every coach on this list.

    The word is a derivative of "swagger" and is usually used in reference to how a person carries themselves or presents themselves.

    When it comes to swag, the coaches on this list have it figured out.

13. Al Golden, Miami

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    Al Golden has been an excellent hire for Miami.

    Despite arriving in the middle of a controversy that has resulted in some rocky seasons, Golden has put together a team that can win, and win big.

    The 'Canes finished 2012 as the second-place team in the ACC Coastal division, and with 19 starters returning, it's difficult to see this team failing to improve in 2013.

    On top of Golden's ability to turn around a program in the middle of a major NCAA investigation and crazy scandal, he pulls off the khakis, button-up and 'Cane orange tie better than anyone in the game.

12. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

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    Nationally, Gundy has made an impact in recent seasons by leading the Cowboys to their first Big 12 title, as well as a BCS bowl win.

    He's certainly been the catalyst for some big things at OSU, leading the program to a 67-35 record during his tenure, including double-digit wins in 2010 and 2011.

    His "I'm a man!" rant is the stuff of legend, and he continues to field an excellent product every season. Even in 2012, a season that saw the Cowboys start three different quarterbacks, Gundy led the team to eight wins.

    While not on Nick Saban or Urban Meyer's level, Gundy has a flair all his own, both on and off the field.

11. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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    Dabo Swinney has Clemson on the verge of something great. The team is loaded with talent from top to bottom and is coming off an excellent season.

    But what really sets Dabo and his swag apart are his intensity and ability to rock the sweatshirt/khaki combo as if it really didn't matter.

    Swinney's interviews are some of the most entertaining in the sport, and he has demonstrated the ability to get his team focused and prepared for whatever lies in front of them:

    Before the bowl game, Dabo Swinney had to tell his guys, "We're not playing the SEC. We're playing LSU." bit.ly/10Tg2hU

    — Chris Vannini (@CoachingBuzz) May 16, 2013

    With one great season, Dabo has the potential to boost his stock and wind up somewhere near the top of his list after next season.

10. Bill Snyder, Kansas State

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    There's no school like the old school.

    That should be Snyder's motto.

    He's inspired a revival of Kansas State football after returning to the team in 2009, and he's done it as a man in his 70s.

    The resurgence of purple power in Manhattan, Kan., can be attributed to Snyder's old-school element, the element that focuses on tough defense and a punishing running game to be successful.

    After finishing each of the past two seasons with 10 or more wins, expect Snyder to pull out all the stops in 2013, a transitional season for the Wildcats.

9. Lane Kiffin, USC

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    Say what you will about Lane Kiffin and his lack of ethics, but there is no coach in college football who can pull off the visor and windbreaker the way he can.

    For a man who functions in one of the leading cities in the world when it comes to fashion and cutting-edge styles, Kiffin seems to be terribly oblivious.

    That is all.

8. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

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    Give the man some love.

    Northwestern has long been a bastion of futility in the Big Ten, failing to win a bowl game in 63 years and seemingly playing the role of conference doormat every season.

    Pat Fitzgerald has ended that cycle.

    The Wildcats have been to a bowl game in each of the last five seasons, and they finally broke through and won the Gator Bowl last season after a six decade long dearth of bowl wins.

    Fitzgerald's ability to identify talent in a limited pool and develop it into a team that has very real Big Ten championship potential in 2013 earns him the nod on this list.

7. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU

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    BYU was top three in total defense last season and No. 2 behind only Alabama in rushing defense.

    Bronco Mendenhall has helped develop the Cougars into a unit that competes for a bowl berth every season, despite more than the usual amount of turnover due to church missions.

    His defense will continue to be stellar in 2013, earning the Cougars another bowl appearance, and if the offense can find some answers at quarterback and the other skill positions, the Cougars could have a very special season.

    It's not easy to be an independent and succeed in a big way in today's college football landscape.

    Mendenhall has not quite done that yet, but he has the Cougars on the verge.

    And he pulls off the "rumpled T-shirt" look better than anyone in college football.

6. James Franklin, Vanderbilt

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    Find a quarterback more intense, if you can.

    Bo Pelini and Brian Kelly have nothing on Franklin, who leads his Vanderbilt team with a fiery passion and drive that seems to be contagious.

    The results show on the field.

    He led the Commodores to two consecutive bowl games in his first two seasons with the program. No coach at the program had ever before led the team to two consecutive bowl games.

    This is also the man that once identified Nick Saban as "Nicky Satan."

    That alone is sufficient to earn him a spot on this list.

5. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

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    No disrespect intended to the older generations, but it seems the older folks get, the less people's opinions matter.

    So that comment about a relatives children that may have been restrained five years ago is now broadcast at the family reunion with complete and utter disregard for anything or anyone.

    Steve Spurrier, who is now 68, should be interesting once he reaches that point where he no longer gives a crap.

    He already spends his time burning people with an incredibly sarcastic wit.

    Rivals, reporters and even random opponents can expect to hear from Spurrier.

    The man just doesn't care.

4. Chris Petersen, Boise State

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    Argue all you want about the lack of competition the Boise State Broncos have faced, their inability to win under pressure in recent seasons and whatever other excuses being posited as valid reasons to discount Chris Petersen.

    The man can flat coach, and coach well.

    He's been at BSU for seven seasons, and in that time has only eight losses.

    There is no coach that has a better record over that time span in the country, and Petersen's average win total per year while in his current position is a ridiculous 12.

    He's won both BCS bowl games in which his team has participated and constantly fields a quality product that competes at a high level with each opponent the Broncos face.

    Every offseason, his name comes up as a potential candidate for a one of the "big-time" schools, and every season,  Petersen shuts down the speculation with grace and finality.

    There is something to be said for that level of loyalty.

3. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

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    His shades are classy, his windbreaker flawless and his offense second to none.

    In 2012, the Aggies finished third in the country in total offense behind eventual Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

    Sumlin seemingly transitioned from Houston, where he ran a high-powered offense, to TAMU, where he never missed a beat.

    And the scary thing is that this season's edition of the offense is going to be more productive than it was last season.

    When it comes to offense there are few coaches with the swag Sumlin possesses.

2. Urban Meyer, Ohio State

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    Some would debate this, given Meyer's hasty exit from Florida and arrival at Ohio State shortly thereafter, but there is no denying that Meyer does things the way he wants.

    And he knows how to win.

    He compiled a 65-15 records during his time at Florida, including three BCS wins in three attempts and two national titles.

    He finished the 2004 season at Utah undefeated and with his first BCS bowl win, then finished 2012, his first with Ohio State, with a perfect record.

    He's one coach that spend not enough time giving credit to and more than enough picking on for his early retirement from Florida.

    The man gets it down, with style.

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

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    There is no coach in college football with more swag than Nick Saban.

    He tells everyone how it's going to be, from journalistic types to potential recruits, and that's how it is.

    There is no coach more talented, as Saban is on the verge of going down as the greatest coach in history.

    And he does this with a panache few can match.

    From his spring practice straw hat to a classier suit for news conferences and photo ops with the BCS trophy, Saban has style and class, which were around long before "swag" became a thing.

    If that isn't enough for you, his four BCS championship trophies should do it.

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