SEC football: Top 5 head coaches

5 of 6

Dec 30, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles prior to the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

2. Les Miles, Louisiana State University

Record: 131-50 (103-29 at LSU)
Bowl Record: 7-6
Championships and Awards: National Champion `07, SEC Champion `07, `11, SEC Western Division Championship `05,`07,`11, AP Coach of the year `11

Since coming to LSU, Les Miles has never had a losing season, and has only had one season with a losing record for conference play. Les is also 1-1 in National Championship games. Getting to one is something that most coaches only dream of. He has been twice. Not to mention being a dominant force in the best conference in football since he took over the team.

While Gus Malzahn is the best developmental coach and an offensive mastermind, Les Miles is the best “players” coach. There is only one other coach in college football who might be as good or better, and that is Urban Meyer.

Les always seems to coach to his players advantages, and he rarely puts them in a bad spot. He puts players in position to win better than nearly any other coach in the game. He also puts players in the NFL at an unprecedented rate. That right there is the mark of an amazing coach.

Think about some of the players who flourished in his system, and were, or have been, busts in the NFL. Jamarcus Russell, Morris Claibourne, and Michael Clayton come to mind. Les Miles helped make these players top draft picks, and when they played for the Purple-and-Gold, there was almost nobody better. He has also produced an incredible number of successful draft picks.

I would take Les Miles over half of the coaches in the NFL and over all but two coaches in the NCAA. If it was not for the Tide that wont stop rolling, Les Miles and the Tigers would own almost every SEC record, and Les would truly be regarded as one of the greatest college football minds of our time.

Les creates stars, wins consistently and has maintained LSU’s status as a premier SEC football team throughout his entire tenure with the Tigers. He will make blunders at times that make you question his sanity, but he will also go down as one of the best SEC coaches in history.

Next: No. 1: Nick Saban