Where do Charlie Strong and Joker Phillips rank according to SportingNews
May 11, 2012KentuckySports.co
SportingNews.com released what they believe is a accurate ranking of all the D1 head football coaches across the Nation and I'm sure you would like to know where your coach landed. Charlie Strong of Louisville came in as the 51st best coach in America which may surprise a lot of fans but you have to remember he has only had a head coaching job for two years. He will shoot up the list per season and here is what was said about Strong:
Charlie Strong (AP photo)
51. Charlie Strong, Louisville
2011 record: 7-6, 5-2
At Louisville (2 years): 14-12
FBS career (3 years): 14-13
It took a while, but Strong finally got his first coaching job and has quickly changed the culture at Louisville. He’s a strong recruiter unafraid of making tough decisions (see: firing offensive coordinator Mike Sanford in midseason).
A BCS coach says: “He worked a long time for this. Should have had the Cal job a decade ago. I’m really happy he’s getting the chance now to show what he can do. A terrific coach, and a good man.”
Moving 60 miles east with Joker Phillips of Kentucky. He Like Strong have only had a head coaching job for a few seasons so his ranking is not that great, which is expected from performance as of today. He finds his name as the 90th best coach in America.
Joker Phillips (AP Photo)
90. Joker Phillips, Kentucky
2011 record: 5-7, 2-6
At Kentucky (2 years): 11-14
FBS career (2 years): 11-14
You don’t get this deep down the list for nothing. Phillips was lucky to survive after last season, and is fortunate the Kentucky men’s basketball team dwarfs everything at the school. He probably saved his job—or at least made it more difficult for the UK brass to make the decision—by beating Tennessee for the first time since 1984. Other than that, there hasn’t been much positive from Phillips’ two seasons. The one postseason game was an ugly loss to a Pittsburgh team led by an interim coach.