SEC football: Top 5 head coaches

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Dec 27, 2014; Shreveport, LA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier talks to his team during the first half against the Miami Hurricanes in the 2014 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

4. Steve Spurrier, University of South Carolina

Record: 226-85-2 (84-45 at University of South Carolina)
Bowl Record: 11-10
Championships and Awards: National Champion `96, ACC Title `89, SEC Champion `91,`93,`94,`95,`96,`00, SEC Eastern Division Champion `92,`93,`94,`95,`96,`99,`00,`10, ACC Coach of the year `88,`89, and SEC Coach of the year `90,`91,`94,`95,`96,`05,`10.

There are few coaches in all of college football who have coached as long at such a high level as Steve Spurrier, and doing so in the SEC with two different teams; the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators.

However, while the list of his accolades may go on for days, and if you hung it from the “Ring of Honor” it might touch the field, he has lost a step. Gone are the days when he is a fearsome mind to coach against, and gone are the days where when if he talked to a kid first, you were out of luck.

Do not mistake his age for weakness, though, as 2014 was his first losing season since he coached the Duke Blue Devils in 1987.

We now have a new set of top-tier coaches, but Spurrier is still undoubtedly one of the best college football has or will ever have to offer. He will still go down as one of the better, and most polarizing coaches that the SEC has seen.

His poor performance in bowl games is his biggest enemy for this list. Not to mention missing out on the 2010 SEC crown due to the dominance of LSU, Auburn and Alabama.

Next: No. 3: Gus Malzahn