Everybody already knew Urban Meyer was en elite coach, that’s why the powers-that-be at Ohio State shelled out mega money–about $4 million annually– to land the two-time National Championship coach in wake of “Tattoo Gate.”
But how does Meyer stack up against his peers on the sidelines? That’s what a recent College Football 24/7 14 For ’14 article examined via NFL.com.
Meyer ranked third among all college coaches in a ranking that included more than X’s and O’s. Other factors used to slot coaches included recruiting, NFL draft picks, winning percentage, and their ability to schmooze boosters.
For his career, Meyer is 158-22 and has produced 22 NFL draft picks in the past five years between Florida and Ohio State. He trails only Washington’s Chris Peterson (No. 2) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (No. 1).
Here’s what writer Bryan Fischer said about Meyer:
Nobody gets fans fired up like Meyer, thanks to his somewhat brash and outspoken nature. Still, it’s hard to argue with the results on the field as the offensive-minded head coach has won everywhere from Bowling Green to Ohio State and has two national titles to his name. Considering his worst season is 8-5, Meyer knows exactly what he’s doing and is a great motivator.
Placing Meyer behind Peterson is a bit laughable, which is not to say the Huskies top football man isn’t talented.
But Meyer won his national championships playing in the toughest conference. He also took an Ohio State program, which was coming off a postseason ban, to the brink of playing for a national title in 2013.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio was the only other Big Ten coach ranked.
Where do you think Meyer ranks among college football coaches?