Many people are saying Kentucky is the best destination for a college football coach in America.
Earlier this week Banner Society’s Steven Godfrey argued that Mark Stoops has the “best job in college football.” That does not necessarily mean Kentucky is the ideal place to win a national championship. There are maybe only a dozen schools capable of winning a title. Kentucky is the best place for everyone else because it can pay SEC money without astronomical SEC expectations.
Today The Athletic’s Andy Staples hopped on the bandwagon. In his weekly mailbag post, Staples used Kirby Smart as an example. The Georgia head coach has won three division titles and 11 more games than Stoops over the exact same timeframe. He was an overtime period away from a national championship, yet fans are still holding Smart’s feet to the fire. Meanwhile, Stoops has almost universal approval from the BBN while making $5 million a year, only about $1.8 million less than Smart.
So where does UK stack up against the rest of the pack? By examining the money a head coach can make at a school relative to job security, Kentucky is the best of the best according to Staples, ahead of Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana.
“What differentiates Kentucky from the non-Vanderbilt SEC is that Kentucky fans have managed to be pretty reasonable about their expectations. Maybe this is because they suffered through some truly awful football in the Joker Phillips era and they’re grateful for the relentless competence that has come to define the Stoops era. Maybe this is because it takes too much energy to expect perfection in two revenue sports. The expectations surrounding Kentucky’s men’s basketball team are analogous to those surrounding the Alabama football team, so perhaps it’s just not possible to get that fired up two seasons a year. No matter the reason, Stoops is the beneficiary.”
No matter what standard is used, feel free to let anyone and everyone know that Kentucky’s head coach has the best job in college football.