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Where does Nick Rolovich rank among the Power 5 football coaches?

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Spoiler: It’s no. 58, at least according to one outlet.

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Good morning, fellow Coug fans. It’s May 22, which means it’s time for college football writers to bust out their annual summertime #content, and I’m happy to piggyback off their efforts.

This week, Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked the Power 5 head coaches in two segments. The top two aren’t surprising (Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney, of course). The top 10 really isn’t all that surprising, either, although some might take issue with Matt Campbell of Iowa State jumping 16 spots from last year and coming in at no. 9. That’s why they make these lists!

The top-ranked Pac-12 coach would be Utah’s Kyle Whittingham at no. 14. Yeah, yeah.....he’s “consistent,” which is pundit-speak for “never too great, never too bad.” At least in this case. His bowl record is tremendous, though he’s lost the last two he’s been in, and his Pac-12 South titles are propping him up. Come play in the North, Kyle, and see how that goes.

Having said that, the list of guys he’s ahead of isn’t exactly a who’s who of gold-standard head coaches, which proves again how few elite head coaches there are in college football these days. That could be a perception problem, too.

Mario Cristobal (no. 16), Herm Edwards (no. 21) and David Shaw (no. 24) round out the Pac-12 representation in the top 25.

Nick Rolovich is no. 58. Here’s what Fornelli had to say about that:

Honestly, what was there to evaluate? Rolovich’s first season at Washington State consisted of only four games, and he went 1-3. Rolovich probably dropped eight spots in the rankings due to being “forgotten” more than anything else.

Can’t argue much with that. If first-year head coaches get a “year zero” in their first season, then last year may have been Year Minus-One for Rolovich and company. That doesn’t necessarily mean this year is Year Zero.

Here’s how the rest of the Pac-12 head coaches ranked:

  • Justin Wilcox - no. 38
  • Chip Kelly - no. 39
  • Clay Helton - no. 48
  • Jimmy Lake - no. 51
  • Karl Dorrell - no. 54
  • Jonathan Smith - no. 56
  • Jedd Fisch - no. 64

What’s Mike Leach up to these days?

Leach was no. 33 in Fornelli’s rankings.

Links

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Rolovich is no. 58.

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