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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Former LSU star and current ESPN analyst Booger McFarland was on The Paul Finebaum Show recently and ranked his top four coaches in the SEC.

Mcfarland had Nick Saban at the top of his list followed by Kirby Smart, Ed Orgeron, and then Dan Mullen. Per SDS:
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“I think if I had to rank the top four right now,” McFarland said on the show, “I would go Saban, and in some order, you can sway me in this order — it would be Saban, it would be Kirby, it would Ed and it will be Dan Mullen, and I think there’s a line of delineation right there and then there’s a second-tier.”
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Pandy Fackler51 months
Whiteboots is on the list because he sorta has to be there but no one takes it seriously. On the Saban/Chizik spectrum, everyone knows where Yawyaw actually ranks in all this.
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AtlantaLSUfan51 months
He nailed the top4. Just messed up the order. Everyone is impressed by Kirby’s recruiting and roster talent.
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Sput51 months
Kirby? Mullen? What an idiot you are Boog
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AU196051 months
Where is Gusoline on this wonderful list?
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DaBeerz51 months
Kirby has done nothing.
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schwartzy51 months
1. Saban 2. Orgeron (he owns Kirby. Makes no sense to put Kirby above him) 3. Mullen 4. Kirby 5. Who cares
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Ssubba51 months
The Kirby hate is rediculous. He has the program in better shape than at any point in Richt's tenure. He is clearly in the top three.
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91TIGER51 months
Kirby Dumb.
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geaux8851 months
He has UGA in better shape than UGA was under Richt, yes. But he does NOT have UGA in better shape than LSU'S program. He should be behind Coach O.
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CarRamrod50 months
Richt had to compete against a powerhouse florida most of the time he was there. Kirby has had a lack luster competition in the east. Kirby had lost most games that mean anything.
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Chrome51 months
Don't know why Kirby is so highly regarded.
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tigersbb51 months
Head to head at their current locations: Saban 7-1 Orgeron 4-3 Smart 2-4 Mullen 1-5
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arcalades51 months
O is #1 now boys. rotating door of great coordinators. Saban hit the wall.
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Crimson1st51 months
By your current metric, Gene Chizik was destined for greatness after catching lightning in a bottle. Not saying Coach O can't prove himself over time but don't get cocky about this and Saban's demise...it has been rumored in the past before he went on another Natty run.
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denvertiger51 months
Saban's won 6 NC's and his Bama teams haven't lost more than 3 games in a decade. Assuming you're having a little fun but St Nick can lay claim to being the GOAT. O has a few more years to go before we know if he's going to be truly great at this job.
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mcpotiger51 months
Kirby. Lol. He is way overrated IMO
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KCT51 months
Until Kirby upgrades his offensive scheme, no way he's in my Top 4. I like the other 3, though.
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DeafVallyBatnR51 months
Does he get credit for his defense?
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SomeLSUguy51 months
Deaf, I feel like Kirby is getting dangerously close to a "Les Miles" legacy... Everybody loves the guy, does nothing wrong, wins a lot of games, GREAT defenses, but stubborn when it comes to his offense. Great D will get you plenty far, but it will only get you so far.
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HubbaBubba51 months
Aggies $17 million man nowhere to be seen.
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alumni9551 months
Did you mistype $75M?
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will063751 months
I would throw Stoops in the top 5 in the SEC. what he has done with the UK program is one of the better coaching jobs in the nation. Throw away his first 3 years and he is 32-20 (16-16 in conf).
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lsualum9651 months
Completely agree!
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GeauxsomeMeaux51 months
Definitely Nick and “O!” And Dan Mullen is doing a Great job at Florida. But “Kurbee” clearly doesn’t belong in this group!
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Hester Carries51 months
i mean....Saban is tGOAT so yeah, he's number 1. Ed won a national title so he's definitely 2. But with that logic....is Jimbo in there?? Seems crazy. Maybe because he didn't do it in the SEC its devalued. Hell, Mark Stoops deserves an honorable mention.
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Tiger4life580351 months
What a cuck
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jrobic451 months
I'm not quite sure I put Kirby in the top tier. Great recruiter, but he hasn't proven anything yet
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Spit51 months
So winning the SEC title and playing in the SECCG 3 times and making the playoffs twice and just short in the NCG against Bama - is not proving anything? Lol!!!
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NattyTiger1951 months
Kirby gets a lot of credit because of recruiting. However, he doesn't deserve all that credit cause UGA outspends almost every team in the SEC 3 to 1 on recruitment with the exception of only Alabama, in which it outspends Alabama by a little over a million dollars.
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TKLSUMD51 months
Georgia made the college football playoffs in 2017. I don’t remember them making it a second time though.
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