Big 12 Preseason Head Coach Rankings: Preview 2019

Big 12 Preseason Head Coach Rankings: Preview 2019

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Big 12 Preseason Head Coach Rankings: Preview 2019

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Going into the 2019 season, how do the Big 12 coaches stack up? Here’s the preseason ranking of all the head men. 


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Who do you want as your head coach for right now, and how good are the all the current Bog 12 coaches?

Record and resumés aren’t necessarily everything, but of course they matter. Where are each of the teams going, which guys have the buzz, and which ones need to prove themselves a bit more?

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 you were to hold a head coaching draft …

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10. Matt Wells, Texas Tech

When it comes to the new Red Raider head man, there’s nothing but glowing things said by anyone who has ever dealt with him. Wells has the offensive style to fit in right away, and he’s going to bring more of a defense, but he has just one winning season in the last four years after starting out with a strong 19-9 in his first two campaign. He’s fine – what’s his biggest problem? This is a way-strong list of coaches.

2018 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 Texas Tech Preview

9. Chris Klieman, Kansas State

He’s going to be much higher on this list in a hurry. Just how quickly can the success at North Dakota State translate over to Kansas State? All he did was go 69-6 and win four FCS national championships in five years, and now all he has to do is replace a legend with a stadium named after him. Last year’s team under achieved in Bill Snyder’s final year, but there’s a lot for Klieman to do right away.

2018 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 Kansas State Preview

8. Neal Brown, West Virginia

He was ready for a bigger gig two years ago, but the 39-year-old was a great get for West Virginia at just the right time. After taking a year to get going at Troy, he came up with three straight great seasons going 31-8 with three bowl wins. He’s the right innovative mind to take the Mountaineers to a whole other level. Call this a wait-and-see ranking – don’t be shocked if he’s way higher than this in a hurry.

2018 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 West Virginia Preview

7. Les Miles, Kansas

He’s not that far removed from being among the nation’s star head coaches. The guy won 70 games from 2019 to 2015 before getting dumped in 2016 after a rocky 2-2 start. Yeah, he’s 65, and yeah, he’s at Kansas and not at LSU, but after two years away, watch him be recharged. He should probably be higher than this just because he’s the only guy in the conference with a national title ring, but let’s give him a year to see if he’s still got it.

2018 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 Kansas Preview

6. Matt Rhule, Baylor

The 44-year-old took Baylor from 1-11 – getting the program out of the doldrums after a brutally ugly scandal – to a strong 7-6 run with a bowl win. The Bears have a guy who might have been the New York Jet head man right now if he was able to work a few more favorable terms. He helped rebuild Temple, he came up with a six-win improvement and Baylor, and he’s still doing a fabulous job with the program. However, the top five in this is too terrific.

2018 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 8
2019 Baylor Preview

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