Clay Travis considers the SEC’s basketball coaches to be “infinitely better” than the league’s football coaches.
Writing on his Outkick the Coverage blog, Travis ranks the SEC’s football and basketball coaches and breaks them down by each sport. To little surprise, he places Kentucky’s John Calipari as the top choice among the conference’s basketball coaches, and Alabama’s Nick Saban secures the top position among football coaches. (There are some debatable picks as you go through the rankings. Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze at No. 14 in the football rankings? Really?)
It’s an interesting read, and the whole post is worth a glance. The juiciest part is when Travis gives his opinion on SEC basketball coaching talent compared to SEC football coaching talent.
Here’s how he starts the post:
The 2017 NCAA basketball tournament is already the most successful NCAA tournament since 1986 for the SEC and we haven’t even finished the Final Four yet. For the first time since 1986 three different SEC teams advanced to the Elite 8 and while the league would have loved Kentucky to not collapse down the stretch against North Carolina, the South Carolina Gamecocks moved on to the Final Four, defeating the Florida Gators in an all SEC regional final in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. For a basketball league that has been struggling for much of the past decade, the success caught many by surprise.
But if you’ve been paying attention to the recent hires in SEC basketball, it shouldn’t have surprised you.
That’s because the SEC basketball coaches are really good. In fact, they’re infinitely better than the SEC football coaches from top to bottom.
Travis’ take is fascinating to consider. Usually when we consider the SEC, we picture the conference’s football strength. But the argument can be made that the SEC’s basketball coaches are better as a whole at the moment.
Still, it’s debatable whether they are “infinitely better.”
It will be fun to see what comes of SEC basketball in the future. This was a fantastic month for the league, for sure.