Data Alabama shared with Tennessee during coaching search provides surprising rankings

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama football is in a good place when it comes to evaluating head coaches, especially since most agree it has college football’s best.

Nick Saban’s six national championships speak loud and clear, but Tide administrators took the step of researching and ranking 87 coaches from Top 25 programs dating back to 2000.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne saw to it that the Tide shared the excluding coaching data with former Tennessee AD John Currie during the Vols’ recent coaching search.

RELATED: Alabama administrator shares exclusive data to aid Vols’ coaching search

Not that it did Currie much good — he was suspended on Dec. 1 and dismissed on Thursday after reaching a $2.5 million settlement.

The coach rankings dated back to 2000, and to no one’s surprise Saban ranks No. 1 in “coaches efficiency rating.”

Urban Meyer (Ohio State 2012-17) is at No. 2, followed by Pete Carroll (USC 2001-09), Jim Tressel (Ohio State 2001-10) and Urban Meyer (Florida 2005-10).

Some of the more interesting rankings of College Football hall of famers: Bobby Bowden (No. 13), Joe Paterno (No. 16), Phillip Fulmer (No. 25), R.C. Slocum (No. 30), Barry Alvarez (No. 44).

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who played at Alabama, is No. 7, well ahead of former Tide coaches Mike Shula (No. 43), Mike DuBose (No. 46) and Dennis Franchione (No. 54).

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Former Tennessee coach and current Tide offensive analyst Butch Jones was ranked No. 67, former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin (UT tenure) was No. 70 and former Saban assistant and Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley was at No. 82.

The efficiency rating was developed using the following parameters:

• Win percentage, 20 percent

• percentage Top 10 Final AP Poll, 30 percent

• percentage national championships, 40 percent

• Recency factor (success in last 5   years), 10 percent

The Alabama coaching efficiency data stated the following conclusions:

• Coached with previous Power 5 head coaching experience tend to undergo the most coaching success …. and the highest coaching efficiency rating.

• Overall, coaches coming director from the NFL do not experience the same level of success as coaching framing form the college ranks. The exception to this is Pete Carroll at USC.

• Coaches with Power 5 experience (either head coach or assistant) tended to experience more success than coaches from Group of 5 or the NFL.

Here are the complete rankings Alabama shared with Tennessee, which ultimately hired Saban protege Jeremy Pruitt to lead the Vols program.

Analysis by coaching category

Category Coaches
Analyzed
W L Win % AP Top 10* Total
Seasons
% seasons
AP Top 10*
National
Titles
% seasons w/
national title
Efficiency
Rating
Avg age^
Power 5 HC 25 1,399 603 0.70 54 158 34.2 13 8.2 1.64 49
NFL HC 5 200 99 0.67 8 23 34.8 2 8.7 1.62 47
Power 5 assistant 29 2,186 875 0.71 87 243 35.8 8 3.3 1.59 42
Group of 5 HC 16 702 360 0.66 16 80 20.0 1 1.3 1.20 46
NFL assistant 7 206 149 0.58 3 29 10.3 0 0.0 0.91 44

* In final AP Top 10 poll; ^ Average age when hired

Notable coaches in each category: Power 5 HC (Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh, Bobby Bowden), NFL HC (Pete Carroll), Power 5 assistant (Dabo Swinney, Jimbo Fisher, Chip Kelly, Bob Stoops, David Shaw), Group of 5 (Jim Tressel, Chris Petersen, Mark Dantonio), NFL assistant (nobody listed)

Coach comparison

Coach School 1st year Last/
current
W L % Top 10 % Top 10 National
titles
% seasons
w/title
Efficiency
rating
Nick Saban Alabama 2007 2017 129 19 0.87 9 90%  4 40% 3.46
Urban Meyer Ohio State 2012 2017 69 8 0,90 4 80%  1 20% 2.92
Pete Carroll USC 2001 2009 97 19 0.84 7 78%  2 22% 2.85
Jim Tressel Ohio State 2001 2010 106 22 0.83 8 80%  1 10% 2.64
Urban Meyer Florida 2005 2010 65 15 0.81 3 50%  2 33% 2.56
Chip Kelly Oregon 2009 2012 46 7 0.87 3 75%  – 0% 2.40
Dabo Swinney Clemson 2008 2017 98 29 0.77 3 33%  1 11% 2.26
Jimbo Fisher FSU 2010 2017 81 23 0.78 4 57%  1 14% 2.26
Larry Coker Miami 2001 2006 60 15 0.80 3 50%  1 17% 2.21
Bob Stoops Oklahoma 1999 2016 190 48 0.80 11 61%  1 6% 2.18
David Shaw Stanford 2011 2017 71 20 0.78 4 67%  – 0% 2.14
Nick Saban LSU 2000 2004 48 16 0.75 2 40%  1 20% 2.04
Bobby Bowden FSU 1976 2009 304 97 0.76 16 47%  2 6% 1.89
Les Miles LSU 2005 2016 114 34 0.77 5 42%  1 8%  1.86
Jim Harbaugh Michigan 2015 2017 28 8 0.78 1 50%  – 0%  1.85
Joe Paterno Penn State 1966 2011 409 136 0.75 21 46%  2 4% 1.82
Frank Solich Nebraska 1998 2003 58 19 0.75 3 50%  – 0% 1.82
Clay Helton USC 2015 2017 25 9 0.74 1 50%  – 0% 1.79
Lloyd Carr Michigan 1995 2007 122 40 0.75 5 38%  1 8% 1.77
Mark Helfrich Oregon 2013 2016 37 16 0.70 2 50%  – 0% 1.75
Mark Richt Georgia 2001 2015 145 51 0.74 7 41% 0% 1.74
Mack Brown Texas 1998 2013 158 48 0.77 6 38%  1 6% 1.74
Gene Chizik Auburn 2009 2012 33 19 0.63 1 25%  1 25% 1.73
Bret Bielema Wisconsin 2006 2012 68 24 0.74 3 43%  – 0% 1.67
Phil Fulmer Tennessee 1992 2008 152 52 0.75 6 35%  1 6% 1.67
Chris Petersen Washington 2014 2017 35 16 0.69 1 33%  – 0%  1.44
James Franklin Penn State 2014 2017 33 17 0.66 1 33%  – 0% 1.41
Mark Dantonio Michigan State 2007 2017 97 45 0.68 3 30% 0% 1.38
Gus Malzahn Auburn 2013 2017 43 20 0.68 1 25% 0% 1.29
R.C. Slocum Texas A&M 1989 2002 123 47 0.72 3 21% 0% 1.28
Rick Neuheisel Washington 1999 2002 33 16 0.67 1 25% 0% 1.28
Bobby Petrino Arkansas 2008 2011 34 17 0.67 1 25% 0% 1.27
Lane Kiffin USC 2010 2013 28 15 0.65 1 25%  0% 1.25
Mike Bellotti Oregon 1995 2008 116 55 0.68 3 21% 0% 1.22
Tommy Tuberville Auburn 1999 2008 85 40 0.68 2 20% 0% 1.20
Jim Donnan Georgia 1996 2000 40 19 0.68 1 20% 0% 1.20
Butch Davis Miami 1995 2000 51 20 0.72 1 17% 0% 1.19
Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M 2012 2017 50 25 0.67 1 20% 0% 1.18
Jim Harbaugh Stanford 2007 2010 29 21 0.58 1 25% 0% 1.16
Will Muschamp Florida 2011 2014 28 21 0.57 1 25% 0% 1.15
Lincoln Riley Oklahoma 2017 2017 9 1 0.90 0% 1.13
Jim Mora UCLA 2012 2017 46 29 0.61 1 20% 0% 1.12
Mike Shula Alabama 2003 2006 26 23 0.53 1 25% 0% 1.10
Barry Alvarez Wisconsin 1990 2005 119 74 0.62 3 19% 0%  1.10
Brian Kelly Notre Dame 2010 2017 67 32 0.68 1 14% 0% 1.10
Mike Dubose Alabama 1997 2000 24 23 0.51 1 25% 0% 1.08
Charlie Weis Notre Dame 2005 2009 35 27 0.56 1 20% 0% 1.06
Paul Chryst Wisconsin 2015 2017 27 6 0.82 1 0% 0% 1.02
Mark Richt Miami 2016 2017 18 4 0.82 0%  0% 1.02
Kirby Smart Georgia 2016 2017 17 6 0.74 0% 0% .92
Gary Andersen Wisconsin 2013 2014 19 7 0.73 0 0% 0% .91
Ed Orgeron LSU 2016 2017 13 5 0.72 0% 0% .90
Bo Pelini Nebraska 2008 2014 67 27 .71 0% 0% .89
Dennis Franchione Alabama 2001 2002 17 8 .68 0% 0% .85
Steve Sarkisian USC 2014 2015 12 6 .67 0 0% 0% .83
Jim McElwain Florida 2015 2017 22 12 .65 0% 0% .81
Bill O’Brien Penn State 2012 2013 15 9 .63 0% 0% .78
Ron Zook Florida 2002 2004 23 14 .62 0% 0% .78
Tommy Bowden Clemson 1999 2008 72 45 .62 0% 0% .77
Houston Nutt Arkansas 1998 2007 75 48 .61 0% 0% .76
Brady Hoke Michigan 2011 2014 31 20 .61 0% 0% .76
Ty Willingham Notre Dame 2002 2004 21 15 .58 0% 0% .73
Bob Davie Notre Dame 1997 2001 35 25 .58 0% 0% .73
Karl Dorrell UCLA 2003 2007 35 27 .56 0 0% 0% .71
Al Golden Miami 2011 2015 32 25 .56 0% .70
Randy Shannon Miami 2007 2010 28 22 .56 0% .70
Butch Jones Tennessee 2013 2017 34 27 .56 0% .70
Bill Callahan Nebraska 2004 2007 27 22 .55 0% .69
Steve Sarkisian Washington 2009 2013 34 29 .54 0 0% .67
Lane Kiffin Tennessee 2009 2009 7 6 .54 0% .67
Dennis Franchione Texas A&M 2003 2007 32 28 .53 0 0% .67
Mike Riley Nebraska 2015 2017 19 17 .53 0% .66
Willie Taggert Oregon 2017 2017 5 5 .50 .63
Tom Herman Texas 2017 2017 5 5 .50 .63
Mike Sherman Texas A&M 2008 2011 25 25 .50 0% .63
Bobby Williams Michigan State 2000 2002 16 17 .48 0% .61
Bret Bielema Arkansas 2006 2012 27 29 .48 0% .60
Luke Fickell Ohio State 2011 2011 6 7 .46 0% .58
John L. Smith Michigan State 2003 2006 22 26 .46 0% .57
Charlie Strong Texas 2014 2016 16 21 .43 0 0% .54
Rick Neuheisel UCLA 2008 2011 21 29 .42 0 0% .53
Derek Dooley Tennessee 2010 2012 15 21 .42 0% .52
Rich Rodriguez Michigan 2008 2010 15 22 .41 0% .51
Keith Gilbertson Washington 2003 2004 7 16 .30 0 0% .38
Buddy Teevens Stanford 2002 2004 10 23 .30 0% .38
Walt Harris Stanford 2005 2006 6 17 .26 0% .33
Ty Willingham Washington 2005 2008 11 37 .23 0 0%  .29

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