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2022 College Football Coaches as Recruits Rankings

We are back for the sixth annual scientific breakdown of every single college football coach if we treated them as recruits. The premise is a simple one; I give them stars: 0-5. Those stars are based on their performance and accomplishments. Real, tangible accomplishments.

The formula is a deep, thorough analysis of what accomplishments mean the most and through significant introspection, meditation and an extreme lack of consultation with anyone else, I have landed on the following as the key coaching milestone criteria:

+ Bowl Game Appearance

+ Bowl Win

+ 10-Win Season

+ Conference Championship

+ National Championship

Each coach received a "star" for each criteria they have met in their career. If a coach has met a certain set of criteria multiple times, he only receives a "star" for one accomplished task. So if a coach has won three bowl games, for example, he still only gets one star for being a bowl-winning coach. The number of times he notched that criteria becomes applicable in the ranking of his stature amongst the coaches who have also met the same number of criteria stated above.

For transparency, I have attached the hardcore data for you. Folks, I wish I could argue with you on these, but it's sweet, sweet science and as we have learned: no one can argue with science. Movement from year-to-year happens for a lot of reasons including accomplishing STAR-WORTHY tasks, coaches retiring or getting fired, etc.

The 5-Stars:

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

2. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

3. Mack Brown, North Carolina

4. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

5. Kirby Smart, Georgia

6. Scott Frost, Nebraska

The 4-Stars:

7. Brian Kelly, LSU

8. Kyle Whittingham, Utah

9. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

10. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

11. Ryan Day, Ohio State

12. Lincoln Riley, USC

13. Bryan Harsin, Auburn

14. Gus Malzahn, UCF

15. Chip Kelly, UCLA

16. James Franklin, Penn State

17. David Shaw, Stanford

18. Scott Satterfield, Louisville

19. Butch Jones, Arkansas State

20. Billy Napier, Florida

21. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

22. Jeff Tedford, Fresno State

23. Dave Doeren, North Carolina State

24. Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss

25. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati

26. Jeff Brohm, Purdue

27. Josh Heupel, Tennessee

28. Bret Bielema, Illinois

29. Mario Cristobal, Miami (FL)

30. Dave Aranda, Baylor

31. Neal Brown, West Virginia

32. P.J. Fleck, Minnesota

33. Dana Holgorsen, Houston

34. Clay Helton, Georgia Southern

35. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh

36. Jason Candle, Toledo

37. Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina

38. Terry Bowden, Louisiana-Monroe

39. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest

40. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State

41. Hugh Freeze, Liberty

42. Sonny Dykes, TCU

43. Blake Anderson, Utah State

44. Dino Babers, Syracuse

The 3-Stars:

45. Paul Chryst, Wisconsin

46. Mike Leach, Mississippi State

47. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy

48. Troy Calhoun, Air Force

49. Kalani Sitake, BYU

50. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

51. Jim McElwain, Central Michigan

52. Brady Hoke, San Diego State

53. Mike Norvell, Florida State

54. Mark Stoops, Kentucky

55. Jeff Monken, Army

56. Greg Schiano, Rutgers

57. Karl Dorrell, Colorado

58. Eli Drinkwitz, Missouri

59. Jeff Traylor, UTSA

60. Shawn Clark, Appalachian State

61. Jim Mora, UConn

62. Mel Tucker, Michigan State

63. Lance Leipold, Kansas

64. Chuck Martin, Miami (OH)

65. Willie Fritz, Tulane

66. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa

67. Mike Neu, Ball State

The 2-Stars:

68. Matt Campbell, Iowa State

69. Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky

70. Steve Sarkisian, Texas

71. Jerry Kill, New Mexico State 72. Jay Norvell, Colorado State

73. Tim Lester, Western Michigan

74. Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois

75. Craig Bohl, Wyoming

76. Herm Edwards, Arizona State

77. Chris Klieman, Kansas State

78. Willie Taggert, Florida Atlantic

79. Mike MacIntyre, FIU

80. Justin Wilcox, California

81. Shawn Elliott, Georgia State

82. Sean Lewis, Kent State

83. Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech

84. Ryan Silverfield, Memphis

85. Sam Pittman, Arkansas

86. Shane Beamer, South Carolina

87. Brent Brennan, San Jose State

88. Mike Locksley, Maryland

89. Sonny Cumbie, Louisiana Tech

The 1-Stars:

90. Seth Littrell, North Texas

91. Kalen DeBoer, Washingtom

92. Joe Moorhead, Akron

93. Andy Avalos, Boise State

94. Charles Huff, Marshall

95. Ricky Rahne, Old Dominion

96. Jake Dickert, Washington State

97. Jeff Hafley, Boston College

98. Tom Allen, Indiana

99. Will Healy, Charlotte

100. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan

101. Mike Houston, East Carolina

102. Jonathan Smith, Oregon State

103. Dana Dimel, UTEP

104. Jedd Fisch, Arizona

The 0-Stars:

105. Jake Spavital, Texas State

106. Mike Bloomgren, Rice

107. Danny Gonzales, New Mexico

108. Scott Loeffler, Bowling Green

109. Marcus Arroyo, UNLV

110. Jeff Scott, South Florida

111. Mel Tucker, Michigan State

112. Kane Wommack, South Alabama

113. Will Hall, Southern Miss

114. Clark Lea, Vanderbilt

115. Maurice Linguist, Buffalo

116. Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame

117. Brent Venables, Oklahoma

118. Tony Elliott, Virginia

119. Timmy Chang, Hawaii

120. Dan Lanning, Oregon

121. Don Brown, UMass

122. Curt Cignetti, James Madison

123. Brent Pry, Virginia Tech

124. Rhett Lashlee, SMU

125. Mike Elko, Duke

126. Joey McGuire, Texas Tech

127. Jon Sumrall, Troy

128. Stan Drayton, Temple

129. Ken Wilson, Nevada

130. Maurice Linguist, Buffalo

131.Bryant Vincent, UAB

If you were keeping track, in the FBS ranks this season we will have 131 coaches on the sideline. Their prowess coming into 2022:

5-Stars: 6 (last year: 6)

4-Stars: 38 (last year: 38)

3-Stars: 23 (last year: 30)

2-Stars: 22 (last year: 19)

1-Star: 15 (last year: 10)

0-Stars: 27 (last year: 27)

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