College Football's 5 Best Coaches of the 21st Century

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College Football's 5 Best Coaches of the 21st Century
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The Great Bo Schembechler Disciple Les Miles Has Made A Case For Best Coach Of The 21st Century

College football fans argue about who the best team is each season, but the real discussion should be over who the best coach is at getting the highest percentage of wins over a period of time.

The so-called "Generation Y" fans, born in the 1980s and '90s, identify the "modern age of college football" as the period since the invention of the BCS National Championship Game in 1998.

Everything before that is pretty much meaningless to this massive group of consumers, so who are we to argue with John Q. Public?

Never one to let a sleeping dog lie, we shall modify the parameters to encapsulate only the past 10 years.


Why not?

Just take the entire century to this point and grade the performances.

Baby boomers, this writer included, tend to look at overall impact.

They also examine the most effective use of available facilities, people skills, coaching skills to develop players, titles and championships.

There's also the legacy factor, someone who has done it all, like Les Miles of LSU (see picture).

Don't try to sell those ancient guidelines to the "Gen Y" crowd—they will advise you in a heartbeat that winning and winning percentage are all that matters.

Perhaps they should be known as the bottom-line generation.

To be fair and reduce the "flash in the pan" possibility, we should settle on a minimum of games coached during the past decade. That will be set at five seasons.

The initial evaluation process was designed to single out only a solitary coach, but the feats and accomplishments of several men deserve great praise and mention.

Therefore, let us look at the five best coaches of the 21st century.

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