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Best College Coaching Combos

Urban Meyer has led his team to another national championship. His school, Ohio State, employs a men’s basketball coach who has been to the Final Four. Does this give Ohio State the best coaching combination in college sports?

There are 29 active basketball coaches who have reached the Final Four, 23 of whom coach at schools with a Football Bowl Subdivision program. Of those 23, seven schools employ a head football coach who has won a BCS game:

schools with final four coach

Notes: Not all coaches appeared in BCS game or Final Four with current school. Number in parentheses after BCS wins represents BCS appearances. Urban Meyer’s playoff win this season counts towards these totals; Mark Dantonio’s Cotton Bowl win this season does not.

Now that I’ve used an objective measure to narrow down the list, allow me to get subjective on you fools: The Big Ten has the three best coaching combos in the country. I’m giving the edge to Ohio State: to say that anyone other than maybe Nick Saban is a better college football coach right now than Meyer would be silly, and Thad Matta’s résumé is drenched in first-place finishes and deep Tournament runs. Michigan State has a claim for the best basketball coach on that chart, and Mark Dantonio has done wonders at the school. Michigan comes in third on my list. John Beilein is a mastermind, and while Jim Harbaugh has not won a game at the school, his coaching prowess is undeniable.

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