What better time to rank the Southeastern Conference’s head coaches than now in the midst of the name-calling, cheating accusations and drama amongst some of the league’s top dogs?
Here’s our outlook on where each SEC head coach is ranked headed into the 2022 season.
Clark Lea - Vanderbilt Commodores
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In 2021, Clark Lea coached Vanderbilt to a 2-10 season in his first season as head coach.
Bryan Harsin - Auburn Tigers
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In 2021, Bryan Harsin coached Auburn to a 6-7 record in his first season as head coach On the Plains.
Billy Napier - Florida Gators
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Billy Napier enters his first season as Florida head coach. From 2018-2021, Napier led the Rajun Cajuns to a 40-12 record, including a 12-1 run and Sun Belt Championship last season.
Eli Drinkwitz - Missouri Tigers
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Eli Drinkwitz coached Missouri to a 6-7 record last season in his second year at the helm.
Shane Beamer - South Carolina Gamecocks
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Former Georgia assistant Shane Beamer led South Carolina to a 7-6 record last year in his first season as head coach of the Gamecocks.
Mike Leach - Mississippi State Bulldogs
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Mike Leach coached Mississippi State to a 7-6 record last season in his second year in Starkville.
Josh Heupel - Tennessee Volunteers
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Josh Heupel coached Tennessee to a 7-6 record last season in his first year as head coach of the Volunteers.
Sam Pittman - Arkansas Razorbacks
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Former Georgia assistant Sam Pittman coached Arkansas to a 9-4 record last season in his second year as head coach following a 3-7 record in 2020.
Brian Kelly - LSU Tigers
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Jimbo Fisher - Texas A&M Aggies
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Jimbo Fisher enters his fifth season as Texas A&M head coach with a record of 34-14, including an 8-4 finish in 2021.
Lane Kiffin - Ole Miss Rebels
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Lane Kiffin coached Ole Miss to a 10-3 record last season after going 5-5 in his first year as head coach.
Mark Stoops - Kentucky Wildcats
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Mark Stoops enters his 10th season in Lexington with a 59-53 record, including a 10-3 finish last season.
Kirby Smart - Georgia Bulldogs
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Kirby Smart led Georgia to its first national title in 41 years last season and holds a 66-15 record in Athens, including 41-9 in the SEC through six seasons.
Nick Saban - Alabama Crimson Tide
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Nick Saban enters his 16th season as Alabama head coach holding an incredible 178-25 record, including 103-16 in the SEC and six national titles.