Some of the best coaches in the history of college football have coached in the SEC. Twenty-three to be exact.
On Sports On Earth’s list of the top 100 college football coaches of all time, 23 coaches spent time in the SEC. Some became famous for what they did in other places, but the SEC is still able to claim them as their own.
The SEC landed five coaches in the top 25: Steve Spurrier, Bob Neyland, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban and Bear Bryant. Alabama has the most coaches on the list of any SEC school with four, including Bryant, Saban, Frank Thomas and Gene Stallings. Arkansas, Georiga and LSU tied for the second-most with three.
Saban and Les Miles are the only current SEC coaches on the list.
Here are the rest of the coaches to make the list.
Note: Other coaches who spent time at current or former SEC schools made Sports On Earth’s list, but are left off here because they a) coached before the SEC was founded in 1932, b) coached at a school that has since left the conference (i.e. Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech) or c) coached at a school before that program joined the conference (i.e. R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M).
No. 94 Mark Richt (Georgia)
No. 91 Charles McClendon (LSU)
No. 89 Jackie Sherrill (Mississippi State)
No. 78 Gene Stallings (Alabama)
No. 77 Wallace Butts (Georgia)
No. 70 Pat Dye (Auburn)
No. 69 Danny Ford (Arkansas)
No. 67 Johnny Majors (Tennessee)
t-No. 64 Les Miles (LSU)
No. 59 Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee)
No. 58 Shug Jordan (Auburn)
No. 53 Red Sanders (Vanderbilt)
No. 44 Lou Holtz (Arkansas, South Carolina)
No. 41 Dan McGuin (Vanderbilt)
No. 37 Frank Boyles (Arkansas)
No. 31 Vince Dooley (Georgia)
No. 30 John Vaught (Ole Miss)
No. 29 Frank Thomas (Alabama)
No. 22 Steve Spurrier (Florida, South Carolina)
No. 17 Bob Neyland (Tennessee)
No. 15 Urban Meyer (Florida)
No. 3 Nick Saban (LSU, Alabama)
No. 1 Bear Bryant (Alabama)