Ranking the nation's best coaches 

July, 13, 2012
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Nick Saban, Bill Snyder and Urban MeyerGetty Images, AP PhotoNick Saban, Bill Snyder and Urban Meyer rank among the nation's elite coaches.
Evaluating and ranking the top coaches in the country is no doubt a complicated and daunting process, but I was told "Do it!" and have given it my best shot. I've spoken with a number of assistants, head coaches and athletic directors in the past week, gleaning whatever prevailing perceptions exist in the profession. Additionally, we've run each boss through a system to gauge specific areas requisite of the job.

The coaches were evaluated in four comprehensive categories: