Best Coaches Tournament: Urban Meyer vs. Kevin Sumlin
To our surprise, it was much closer than anticipated, with Saban moving on to the second round after compiling just 60 percent of the votes. Petersen's near upset was admirable, but we all knew at some point who would come out on top.
Now that things are rolling, we move on to Game 2: Urban Meyer vs. Kevin Sumlin.
Only seven 15-seeds have defeated the 2-seed in NCAA Men’s Basketball history, but Georgetown, Duke and Missouri can attest that it can happen to anybody.
Meyer is coming off what Ohio State fans would consider a buzzkill of a year, watching a 24-game winning streak come to an abrupt end against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game while losing to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
The same could be said for Sumlin, whose Texas A&M Aggies won just nine games—including a ridiculous comeback victory over Duke (still weird to me) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl—in the final year with collegiate sensation Johnny Manziel taking the snaps.
Here are their résumés:
No. 2 – Urban Meyer, Ohio State: Meyer’s 24-2 record with the Buckeyes is an impressive stat line itself, but that’s the least imposing component to his résumé. Meyer turned Bowling Green into a successful program, won 22 games in two seasons with Utah, and pancaked the SEC with Tim Tebow and Co. at Florida, compiling a 65-15 record (5-1 in bowl games) while winning two BCS National Championships. To sum it up: all he does is win, win, win, no matter what.
No. 15 – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: There are only seven seasons as a head coach under his belt (55-23 career record), but Sumlin is undoubtedly one of the rising coaches in the game. He’s had a lot of help though, having coached NCAA record-breaking quarterback Case Keenum at Houston and Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, but that could be a testament to his ability to teach the position. We’re still waiting for that breakout year where his team contends for a title, and my guess is that it’s coming—and soon.
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