July 19, 2024

SEC coach rankings 2024: Texas’ Steve Sarkisian makes strong debut, Oklahoma’s Brent Venables outside top 10


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The SEC’s streak of four straight national championships was broken in 2023, but the conference enters 2024 looking stronger than ever. That’s due in large part to the additions of Texas and Oklahoma, two of college football’s premier programs that now officially call the SEC their home as of Monday. 

The Longhorns and Sooners also bolster the SEC’s litany of talented coaches. Even with Nick Saban finally hanging up the headset after an illustrious 17 years at Alabama, the SEC boasts some of the sport’s top minds and most successful helmsmen. 

Three of the top five names in CBS Sports’ Power Four college coach rankings now reside in the SEC, including Texas’ Steve Sarkisian. Kalen DeBoer’s move to Alabama gives the SEC four names in the top 10, more than any other power conference in the nation. In total, half of the SEC’s now 16 coaches made CBS Sports’ top 25. 

That coaching depth is why the SEC doesn’t look like it’s anywhere close to surrendering its position as one of college football’s preeminent conferences. The league is set to flourish with the expanded College Football Playoff; Texas and Oklahoma multiply that prestige. 

With the Longhorns and Sooners now in the fold, let’s take a look at how the SEC’s coaches stack up as voted by the CBS Sports and 247Sports college football staff. 





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