10. Gary Pinkel
I’m down to McElwain, Spurrier and Pinkel that I’m heavily considering for the final spot and decided to go with Pinkel. Spurrier has a better track record and McElwain has more upside, but Pinkel has several solid seasons left at age 63 and he just wins at Missouri – a school that had limited football tradition before he arrived in 2001. He navigated the Tigers into the SEC and has been one of the surprise teams for two straight seasons – representing the East in the SEC Championship both years.
He’s not flashy, not an elite recruiter and he wouldn’t be a splash. But if you’re looking for somebody to build a solid foundation and get the most out of what he has, Pinkel is the guy at this spot.