Greg McElroy ranks Brian Kelly as the 3rd-best coach in the SEC

LSU fans have become familiar with Greg McElroy.

Between his playing days at Alabama and his commentator role with ESPN, which saw him call several LSU games in 2022, there’s been a solid dose of McElroy in Baton Rouge.

He recently ranked the best coaches in the SEC, where he placed Brian Kelly third. You can probably guess his top two — Nick Saban and Kirby Smart.

On Kelly, McElroy said, “To see how much that teams improved throughout the course of the season was remarkable.”

It’s a fair ranking for Kelly, a proven winner that has yet to reach the same heights as Saban and Smart. But that’s why Kelly came to LSU. He felt working with SEC resources will allow him to compete at the highest level. Kelly knocked off Saban in Year 1 but fell short in the SEC title against Georgia.

Behind Kelly, McElroy rounded out his top five with Lane Kiffin and Josh Heupel.

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