Next up on our college football coaches tour is the Big 12. Yes, this is the same conference with only 10 teams, but these coaches hold a lot of weight around the country. However, only one of the coaches (Bob Stoops) won a BCS national title. That doesn’t mean other coaches haven’t come close.
Plenty of the current coaches have won BCS bowl games in the Big 12 as well as other leagues. For example, Dana Holgersen won the Orange Bowl in the 2011 season. Charlie Strong won the Sugar Bowl in 2012, while Gary Patterson won the Rose Bowl in 2010. All three of those coaches won big time games in different leagues. Now it’s time for them to take the big 12 by storm.
It won’t be easy with the mainstays from the past decade still riding high. Mike Gundy has the Oklahoma State program rolling. They just need to avoid those pitfalls that seem to bite them every year. This isn’t the SEC where a loss can be misconstrued as a win.
Art Briles had Baylor doing things they never thought were possible. His exciting brand of football has captivated the nation for the past few years, and it looks like great things are on the horizon for the Baylor Bears.
Does Bill Snyder have one more run left with this Kansas State program? Stay tuned for the Big 12 season.
We present to you the Big 12 coaching rankings:
10. Dana Holgersen- West Virginia Mountaineers: Holgersen started his tenure with a (10-3) record, but his team has been in decline ever since joining the Big 12. At the rate the Mountaineers are going, they’ll finish with one win this season. However, that’s not likely to happen. Still, Dana Holgersen must win big to prove his worth against Big 12 competition.
9. Charlie Weis- Kansas Jayhawks: Charlie Weis is (4-20) in his first two seasons as the Jayhawks’ coach. If he can bring Kansas to six wins this season, we’ll know the program is on the right path. It’s time for Weis to go be a genius.
8. Paul Rhoads- Iowa State Cyclones: Paul Rhoads is entering his sixth season as head coach. He’s only had one winning season so far, the team fell back to (3-9) in 2013. With a (1-2) record in bowl games, Iowa State needs to have success early and win in the postseason. Even though the record is mediocre at best, Rhoads has pulled off some great wins during his tenure.
7. Kliff Kingsbury- Texas Tech Red Raiders: Kliff Kingsbury brought a lot of excitement down to Lubbock in his first year as head coach. He had freshman Qbs playing like seasoned vets from day one. Kingsbury ended up with an (8-5) record, but the future is bright for Texas Tech.
6. Gary Patterson- TCU Horned Frogs: Gary Patterson has a Rose Bowl victory, but his second season in the Big 12 was hindered by injuries. That led to his first losing season since 2004. Patterson needs to get the Horned Frogs back on track in hurry or people might say the Big 12 is too tough. Expect a bounce back season.
5. Bill Snyder- Kansas State Wildcats: Bill Snyder took over the Kansas State program in 1989. He’s not only a coach, he’s a program builder. Not every person can say that. After a brief three year hiatus (2006-2008), Bill Snyder has come back with four straight winning seasons, which includes two 10 win seasons.
4. Mike Gundy- Oklahoma State Cowboys: How close is Mike Gundy to winning a national title? With the new playoff format, he’ll likely get his chance sooner than later. Mike Gundy has had eight straight winning seasons. Oklahoma State will be going for a ninth.
3. Charlie Strong- Texas Longhorns: Charlie Strong has to deal with quite a few circumstances as the new coach at Texas. Whether they like it or not, Strong is taking over for a legend in Mack Brown. The Longhorns had no problems pushing him out the door. Charlie Strong brought the Louisville program back, and he should do the same with Texas.
2. Art Briles- Baylor Bears: After two losing seasons to start his Baylor career, Art Briles has started to dominate the Big 12. At least you can say he’s up there with the big boys. Baylor has won 29 games in the last three years. They could be hoisting another Heisman Trophy winner in 2014 as well. To put it in perspective, Baylor’s last winning season before Briles showed up was in 1995.
1. Bob Stoops- Oklahoma Sooners: Bob Stoops won four BCS Bowl games during that era, including the national championship in 2000. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to get his second title. It’s not for lack of trying. He’s won double digit games 12 out of 15 seasons. That’s pure greatness.
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