Being involved in sports talk radio is one of the greatest joys of my life. I love the preparation, I love the deductive reasoning, and I love the overall passion that we have as fans. However, the best part about sports talk radio is the interaction with the listeners.
I love a good debate. Sometimes I am correct and sometimes I learn something new, but it is almost always a pleasant experience. The only part I dislike is when you deal with fans who have no regard for the past and only recognize the newest fad of the moment.
In sports, this point is best seen in who fans consider the top coaches. I remember in 2005 Mark Richt was the hot name. Then, Urban Meyer came into the league and won two national championships and carried the title as top coach. Now, it seems Nick Saban is the sexy pick.
As a result, I decided that it was time to put all of the information on the table. So I created a ranking that rewards both sensational seasons and long-term success. Here is the complete layout.
Winning Percentage 24 points for the highest/2 points for the lowest
National Championship 10 points
Conference championship 7 points
Outright Divisional Title 3 points
Share of a divisional title 2 points
BCS Bowl Victory 5 points
Non-BCS bowl victory 2 points
Top 5 final ranking 5 points
Top 10 final ranking 2 points
Top 25 final ranking 1 point
Once these numbers are calculated, five points are deducted for each losing season and/or losing conference record on a coaches resume.
Lastly, the top three coaches are extracted from the others and their head-to-head record versus each other is comprised. For each win, over another coach in the top 3, five bonus points are added.
At that time, the coach with the most points is recognized as the top active coach in the SEC.