Preview 2018: Ranking The American Athletic Conference Coaches

Preview 2018: Ranking The American Athletic Conference Coaches

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Preview 2018: Ranking The American Athletic Conference Coaches


Going into the 2018 season, how to the American Athletic Conference coaches stack up? Here’s the preseason ranking of all the head men. 


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Preview 2018: Ranking The American Athletic Conference Coaches

Who do you want as your head coach for right now, and who are the best guys going at each program?

Of course, it’s easy to go by record, but it’s just as much about trends, where the teams are going, and where the buzz is at for each of the rulers of their respective worlds.

These aren’t Hot Seat Rankings – those are coming later. These are the rankings based loosely on what the head coaches have done, and mostly about what they’re about to do.

Think of it this way. If all things were equal in terms of program, talent, facilities, etc., and you were to hold a head coaching draft …

12. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina

Two straight 3-9 seasons in his first two years have been a problem. He’s a young, dynamic head coach, but this is a really, really big season for him and the program to turn it around.
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11. Randy Edsall, UConn

Call this a For Now ranking. He really wasn’t that bad at Maryland, and it’s not fair to judge him by one 3-9 season in his second time around at UConn. But compared to the rest of the American Athletic Conference coaches, is he the head man with a world of upside? Maybe … he’s done it before.
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10. Willie Fritz, Tulane

Yes, he was amazing for Sam Houston State and Georgia Southern, but it hasn’t worked yet at Tulane. The option attack needs a while to kick in sometimes at programs – see Army. After improving by one win last season, Fritz has to get to a bowl in Year Three.
Preview 2018: At Some Point, This Will Work

9. Phillip Montgomery, Tulsa

The former Baylor offensive coordinator let it run over the first two seasons going 16-10 with two bowl appearances, and then the thing dropped off the map in a 2-10 rebuilding year. Assume he and the team are more like the former version.
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8. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati

A whale of a defensive coordinator, he has the not-his-fault distinction of being the guy between the ugly end of the Jim Tressel era and the 12-0 start of the Urban Meyer powerhouse with a 6-7 run in 2011 – Ohio State’s only losing season since 1988. Give it time at Cincinnati – he’s recruiting his tail off. However, there’s a Prove It aspect after a 4-8 start.
Preview 2018: Start Winning Again

7. Sonny Dykes, SMU

You know what you’re getting – and it’s going to be fun. Lots and lots of offense, lots of fireworks, and the hope that he’ll turn SMU into a perennial player in the American Athletic race. However, in seven years as a head coach he only has three winning seasons.
Preview 2018: The Passing Fun Rolls On

6. Josh Heupel, UCF

Scott Frost was the hot offensive coordinator that everyone knew was going to be a superstar head coach – he should’ve been the Nebraska head man instead of Mike Riley. Heupel has a bit more to prove, and he’s going into a tough situation after what Frost did, but his O will be fun in his first season as a head coach.
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