College Football 2011 Rankings: Ranking the Big 12's Head Coaches
Despite losing Colorado and Nebraska, the Big 12 is still one of the best football conferences in the nation.
With so many good teams vying for the conference championship and bowl bids, the stable of coaches in the Big 12 is also one of the nation’s best.
From top to bottom, the 10 coaches of the Big 12 have all had successful careers.
Here are the head coach rankings of the Big 12.
10. Turner Gill, Kansas
Turner Gill’s first season in Lawrence was a disappointment, as the Jayhawks finished with a 3-9 record overall and 1-7 in the conference.
However, Gill has found success before. He led Buffalo to the MAC championship in 2008 and its only bowl in school history.
Although he has a career 23-39 record, Gill is one of the better young coaches in the game and has the ability to turn Kansas around and have it bowl eligible again soon.
9. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State
In just two seasons at Iowa State, Paul Rhoads has brought back a winning atmosphere in Ames.
In his first season in 2009, Rhoads led the Cyclones to a 7-6 record, including a victory over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.
Although it went 5-7 in 2010, Iowa State knocked off Texas for the first time in school history.
Rhoads has his Iowa State players believing they can be a bowl team every year, and future success will be headed their way.
8. Art Briles, Baylor
After finding success at Houston, Art Briles became the Baylor head coach in 2008.
Briles went 4-8 in each of his first two seasons. However, last year he led the Bears to a 7-6 record and a bid to play in the Texas Bowl.
With quarterback Robert Griffin returning, Briles has Baylor primed for another bowl in 2011.
7. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
Once upon a time, Tommy Tuberville was one of the best coaches in college football.
At Auburn, he went 85-40, including a perfect 13-0 record in 2004.
In his first year at Texas Tech in 2010, Tuberville led the Red Raiders to an 8-5 record but just a 3-5 conference record.
Tuberville can definitely move up this list with a good showing in 2011.
6. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M
Mike Sherman found success at the professional level while coaching the Green Bay Packers to three straight division titles in the early 2000s.
However, in his first two seasons at Texas A&M, Sherman found winning difficult in the tough Big 12.
In his third season, Sherman showed the conference and the nation that he is turning the Aggies around.
A&M went 9-4 in 2010 and went to the Cotton Bowl, only to lose to LSU.
The Aggies are primed for a big 2011 season with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Cyrus Gray returning.
Under the tutelage of Sherman, the Aggies could make a BCS game.
5. Bill Snyder, Kansas State
From 1989-2005, Bill Snyder was the Kansas State head coach. At the start of his tenure in Manhattan, Kansas State had the most losses of any FBS team with 510 defeats.
Under Snyder, Kansas State became one of the great college football teams of the late '90s and early 2000s.
Snyder let the Wildcats to four Big 12 Championship Games, winning one of them.
After a brief retirement, Snyder came back to coach the Wildcats. He led Kansas State to a 7-6 record in 2010 and a bid to play in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Bill Snyder is Kansas State football, as is evidenced by him coaching his home games at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.
4. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Despite being best known for his “I’m a man, I’m 40” speech, Mike Gundy is one of the best football coaches in the Big 12.
Since taking over the Oklahoma State program, Gundy has only had one losing season, and that was in his first year at the helm in 2005.
Last year, the Cowboys went 11-2 under Gundy, including a victory in the Alamo Bowl.
Gundy’s Cowboys are loaded in 2011 with wide receiver Justin Blackmon and quarterback Brandon Weeden returning to school.
3. Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Since arriving at Missouri in 2011, Gary Pinkel has amassed a 77-49 record, including a 42-38 Big 12 record.
Pinkel has found even more success recently, having had three 10-win seasons the past four years.
Although he is one of the most underrated coaches in the game, Pinkel has transformed Missouri into a great football program in his 10 years in Columbia.
2. Mack Brown, Texas
As Texas head coach, Mack Brown has one of the best jobs in the country, and his coaching record justifies his position.
Brown has a 133-34 record at Texas and a 219-108-1 record overall. He led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship and the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, only to lose to Alabama.
In 2010, Brown had his worst record at Texas, going 5-7 and missing out on a bowl game for the first time in his stint at Texas.
Brown and Texas are too good to stay down for long, so expect a return to glory in 2011.
1. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
Although in some years Mack Brown is considered the best coach in the Big 12, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops hold the honor heading into the 2011 season.
Stoops has a 129-31 career record at Oklahoma and a 78-18 Big 12 record.
He has six 12-win seasons and won the 2001 national championship while going 13-0.
In 2011, Stoops has the Sooners as one of the preseason favorites to win the national championship.
If Oklahoma plays up to its potential this year, it may be a while before anyone supplants Stoops as the best coach in the Big 12.
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