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Ranking SEC Coaches: How Long Will Bobby Petrino Stay?

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 16:  Bobby Petrino, the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals, is pictured during the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Papa John's Stadium on September 16, 2006 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Louisville won 31-7.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Razorback ExpatsSenior Analyst IMay 12, 2009

Ah, the deep offseason, a time when reporters and bloggers alike turn to that tried and true method of filling space: ranking the SEC coaches.

Although SEC fans have always obsessed over football coaches, the trend has jumped to a new level in the last few years.

Multiple coaches have won national titles and the conference has been infused with new talent (ex. Bobby Petrino), while losing some of the dead weight (ex. Ed Orgeron).

Just Google “SEC coach rankings” to see what we’re talking about.

Anyway, the Auburn blog, Track ‘Em Tigers, has devised a novel way of ranking the coaches: estimating the probability that they’ll still be at their school five years from now.

If you’re like me, you probably read that and braced yourself for a barrage of bad “Petrino will leave at halftime” jokes.

But, the big shocker is that they actually rated Petrino the most likely to still be around in five years (don’t worry, there are still plenty of jokes in the comments section).

According to their rankings, there’s only one other coach as likely as Petrino to still be around in half a decade.

Who is it? We’ll let that be a surprise. Read the full post to find out.

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