SI: Kelly among top coaches

July, 10, 2013
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SI.com's Stewart Mandel unveiled a list this week that will surely draw lots of praise and criticism: The 10 best and five worst coaches in college football.

Brian Kelly fell just outside of the top-10 list, checking in with four other coaches in the "just missed" section.

There are a pair of very familiar faces on the five worst list, however: USC's Lane Kiffin and Kansas' Charlie Weis.

Mandel stresses that the list is about the best and worst right now, meaning they are not career achievement lists. Hence, no Mack Brown, who won a national title at Texas in 2005 but has had mediocre squads the past three seasons.

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are Nos. 1 and 2 on the list, respectively, as they have been on most other coaching lists. It's tough to argue against those two and their multiple national titles.

I do, however, think Kelly belongs somewhere in the top 10. While coaches like TCU's Gary Patterson (fourth on the list) and Baylor's Art Briles (10th) have had much less to work with, there's no denying Kelly's track record, especially in taking last year's team to the BCS title game, resurrecting a program that had been through too many disappointing campaigns in the 24 years preceding 2012.

Bobby Petrino is at No. 9 as well, which is a bit of a head-scratcher for me.

Matt Fortuna | email

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