Athlon Sports came up with a creative list of the best football and basketball coaching duos in the SEC.
Basketball’s regular season is nearing the end, with the NCAA Tournament drawing closer. Still, football is never far from the discussion when talking about the SEC.
On Wednesday, Athlon Sports ranked each football-basketball coaching duo in the SEC. The results are rather interesting.
Be sure to read the entire post to check out the explanations for the rankings, but we’ve included below how the 14 schools are listed. Football coaches are named first, followed by basketball coaches.
- Alabama (Nick Saban, Avery Johnson)
- Auburn (Gus Malzahn, Bruce Pearl)
- Kentucky (Mark Stoops, John Calipari)
- Florida (Dan Mullen, Mike White)
- Georgia (Kirby Smart, Mark Fox)
- Texas A&M (Jimbo Fisher, Billy Kennedy)
- South Carolina (Will Muschamp, Frank Martin)
- Mississippi State (Joe Moorhead, Ben Howland)
- Tennessee (Jeremy Pruitt, Rick Barnes)
- LSU (Ed Orgeron, Will Wade)
- Vanderbilt (Derek Mason, Bryce Drew)
- Missouri (Barry Odom, Cuonzo Martin)
- Arkansas (Chad Morris, Mike Anderson)
- Ole Miss (Matt Luke and to be determined after Andy Kennedy’s departure)
Of course, all this is debatable. You can argue that Auburn is overrated, even with the Tigers at 23-4 and sitting atop the SEC basketball standings. Also, Kentucky is curiously high, given how average the Wildcats have been in football in recent years.
It’s fair to place Ole Miss in the No. 14 spot with the Rebels’ uncertainty in football and within their basketball program at the moment. South Carolina might be underrated at No. 7 because of the Gamecocks’ rising reputation in football and their appearance in the Final Four last year.
Hey, we’ll embrace anything to pass the time until the NCAA Tournament and spring football. Keep the lists coming.