Editor's note: Bryant. Vaught. Jordan. Dooley. Neyland. These are just a handful of the coaches (among many others) who have come to define the Southeastern Conference due to their dynamic personalities and remarkable success on the field. But who are the top coaches roaming the sidelines of SEC schools today? Ryan Black gives his take, counting down from 14-1. Today, the series moves on to No. 2.
2. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Record: 219-79-2 overall in 24 seasons at college level (20-13-2 in three years at Duke from 1987-89; 122-27-1 in 12 years at Florida from 1990-2001; 77-39 in nine years at South Carolina from 2005-13; Went 11-2 overall last year and 6-2 in SEC play)
National championships: 1 (1996)
SEC championships: 6 (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2000)
SEC division titles: 8 (Eastern Division champion at South Carolina in 2010; Eastern Division champion at Florida from 1992-96 and 1999-2000)
The "Ol' Ball Coach" continues to amaze.
As if it wasn't enough to lead Duke DUKE!! to an ACC championship in 1989 or turn Florida into a powerhouse program in the 1990s, now he's transformed South Carolina into a bona fide contender. Before Spurrier got to Columbia in 2005, the Gamecocks had won 10 games in a season only once. Thanks to Spurrier's brilliance, South Carolina is coming off its third consecutive 11-win campaign.
With his 77 wins at South Carolina and 122 victories during his time at Florida, Spurrier is the winningest coach at two SEC schools; only one other person can make that claim, and his name is Bear Bryant, who is the wins leader at both Alabama and Kentucky. Bryant is also the only person Spurrier trails in terms of SEC victories. Bryant won 159 conference games in 33 seasons, while Spurrier sits at 128 wins in 21 years.
According to Tony Barnhart, the thing that continues to motivate the 69-year-old coach is the pursuit of his seventh SEC championship. If he were to do that, he'd move into second place by himself, breaking a tie with two more legendary SEC coaches: Georgia's Vince Dooley and Ole Miss' John Vaught, who both captured six SEC crowns. (Bryant, of course, holds the record with 14 SEC titles.)
Whatever happens going forward, Spurrier has put himself among the top two or three coaches in the SEC's rich history.