Silverberg: Ranking the SEC football coaches

By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg

It’s list season and the SEC underwent a noticeable makeover of head football coaches this year. The cast of The Erik Ainge Show ranks all 14 coaches in the conference and breaks down the future of the coaching landscape in the SEC.

Ranking the SEC coaches 1-14:

Erik Ainge

14. Joe Moorehead, Mississippi State.

13. Chad Morris, Arkansas.

12. Ed Orgeron, LSU.

11. Barry Odom, Missouri.

10. Derrick Mason, Vanderbilt.

9. Matt Luke, Ole Miss.

8. Mark Stoops, Kentucky.

7. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee.

6. Will Muschamp, South Carolina.

5. Dan Mullen, Florida.

4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn.

3. Kirby Smart, Georgia.

2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M.

1. Nick Saban, Alabama.

Brian Rice

14. Derrick Mason, Vanderbilt.

13. Chad Morris, Arkansas.

12. Barry Odom, Missouri.

11. Ed Orgeron, LSU.

10. Joe Moorehead, Mississippi State.

9. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee.

8. Matt Luke, Ole Miss.

7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky.

6. Dan Mullen, Florida.

5. Will Muschamp, South Carolina.

4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn.

3. Kirby Smart, Georgia.

2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M.

1. Nick Saban, Alabama.

Joel Silverberg

14. Ed Orgeron, LSU.

13. Barry Odom, Missouri.

12. Derrick Mason, Vanderbilt.

11. Chad Morris, Arkansas.

10. Matt Luke, Ole Miss.

9. Joe Moorehead, Mississippi State.

8. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee.

7. Mark Stoops, Kentucky.

6. Will Muschamp, South Carolina.

5. Gus Malzahn, Auburn.

4. Dan Mullen, Florida.

3. Kirby Smart, Georgia.

2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M.

1. Nick Saban, Alabama.

Which coach is most likely to still be at their school in four years?

Ainge: Smart.

Rice: Moorehead. Mississippi State won’t fire a guy that wins seven games. Every school in the conference not named Vanderbilt will fire a coach that only wins seven games.

Silverberg: Smart. I don’t know if he’ll be competing for national titles each year, but after a successful second year and another strong recruiting class he’s built long-term equity in Athens.

Which coach is most likely to be fired midseason?

Ainge: Orgeron or Odom.

Rice: Odom. Orgeron is who I’d pick if I was putting money on it, but there’s nobody on that staff who can step in during the year. If Missouri gets off to a rough start and Odom gets fired Derek Dooley can step in the rest of the way because he’s done it before.

Silverberg: Odom. They salvaged last season after horrendous start, but Missouri will realize this season that Odom just isn’t the guy.

Which coach is least likely to still be coaching this time next year?

Ainge: Orgeron.

Rice: Mason. I don’t see there being a path for him to be back next season. His only accomplishments in four seasons are beating Tennessee and making a bowl game.

Silverberg: Mason. If Vanderbilt goes 5-7 again it knows it can get another coach to step in and do just that for less money.

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