Episode 14 – Ranking the new head coaches in the SEC
My mind sometimes wonders to crazy places. Let my live
4. Sam Pittman – Arkansas
Sam Pittman is the definition of a football guy. Since 1984, Pittman has done everything from being a GA at Pittsburg State, to a head high school football coach, to an OL mastermind in the SEC. Even with over 30 years of football experience under his belt, Pittman was never given his big break. That was, this past December when Pittman was hired as the next coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
3. Eli Drinkwitz – Mizzou
Eli Drinkwitz is a fascinating case study. At the young age of just 37 years old, Drinkwitz is the youngest head coach in the SEC. And you guys have to understand something. Having a coach in his late 30’s be the head coach of an SEC program does not happen every day. Drinkwitz is one of my young favorite coaches in the nation who has a knack for the big moment. Last year, during his first season as the head coach of the Appalachian State Mountainers, Drinkwitz lead his boys into both ACC and SEC country and came away with two huge upset wins against North and South Carolina. This is a good head coach who is going to thrive in this big-league environment
2. Lane Kiffin – Ole Miss
ALL ABOOOAAAARD THE LANEEEE TRAIIIN!! That’s right baby Lane Kiffin is coming back to the SEC. If you were not aware, Lane Kiffin was the OC and QB’s coach at Alabama from 2014-2016. During that time, Kiffin sculpted some of the greatest offenses the SEC has ever seen and became one of the most polarizing figures in SEC history. Kiffin, who has as much swag as anyone, will be making his way through the Grove on Saturdays looking fly as hell. I can’t wait.
1. Mike Leach – Mississippi State
I’m going to be honest, when I first found out that Mike Leach was going to be the next head coach of the Mississipi State bulldogs, I was stunned. Leach, who has spent the last 8 seasons as the head coach of the Washington State Cougars, is as good of a football mind as you will ever find. His high power, air-raid style of coaching has created some of of the elite offenses in the country over the past handful of years. The thing that makes Leach so special is that he has the ability to turn average players into stars. Gardner Minshew, who was a transfer from East Carolina 2 seasons ago, became the nations passing leader and is now a starting QB in the NFL. You think K. J. Costello transferred to Starkville because he thought the campus looked pretty? Guess again, my friend. Mike Leach being a head coach in the SEC makes the hairs on my arms stand up and fall can not get here fast enough.