Head Honcho: Top Five College Football Coaches of This Decade

Connor SchmenkCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2008

You could argue on many points who the best coach of this decade is.  Here are my picks for the top five.

No. 1: Pete Carroll, USC

He is one of the the winningest coaches this decade, with a record of 72-14, and he has won two national championships (the 2004 half counts) to go along with three Heisman winners, a record six BCS bowl appearances, and six consecutive Pac-10 championships, which is a great achievement.  He is the only coach in the BCS era to win two national titles and has a very good chance of winning another one in the near future.


No. 2: Jim Tressel, Ohio State

Even though the last two national championship games haven't gone as planned, it doesn't erase the actual TRIPS to the big game and four consecutive BCS bowl appearances.  He also won what could be argued as the best national championship game of all time, the 2002-03 Miami game that went into double overtime, even though Ohio State was a 14-point underdog. He has a 73-16 record and one Heisman winner in this decade.


No. 3: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

He has a record of 97-22, the best of this decade.  I want to ignore his recent bowl record, but that has to come up for a number of reasons.  Still, I'm going to slot him at No. 3.  He also has the 2000 national championship and 2003 Heisman winner Jason White under his belt.


No. 4: Urban Meyer, Florida

He also coached Bowling Green State and Utah this decade, going undefeated with Utah in the 2004 season.  He won the 2006 national championship and has one Heisman winner in Tim Tebow.  He has a record this decade of 70-16.


No. 5: Mark Richt, Georgia

With a record of 72-19 this decade, he is the winningest coach not to have a national title under his belt.  He is one of only nine coaches to have 70 wins in his first seven seasons.