Where does Urban Meyer rank among the all-time college coaches?

With three national titles and a career winning percentage of .853 (186-32), Urban Meyer is safely aboard.
Urban Meyer smiles as he is presented with the national championship trophy after the Gators' 24-14 win over Oklahoma   in 2009 in Miami. [Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images]
Urban Meyer smiles as he is presented with the national championship trophy after the Gators' 24-14 win over Oklahoma in 2009 in Miami. [Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images]
Published December 4
Updated December 4

So, where does he fit?

Where does Urban Meyer, who announced he is leaving Ohio State after this season, fit in on the great coaching pyramid?

Put it this way. He's on there. From Bowling Green to Utah to Florida to Ohio State, with three national titles and a career winning percentage of .853 (186-32), Meyer is safely aboard.

The pyramid

1. Nick Saban (145-20, .879 at Alabama): Little Nicky has won six national titles, twice as many national titles as Meyer and signaled his hegemony by battering Meyer into submission at the 2009 SEC title game, which is about when Meyer's head first began to hurt.

2. Paul Bryant (323-85-17, .780): Apparently once wrestled a bear, the Times has learned.

3. Knute Rockne (105-12-5, .881): Lost 12 games in 13 seasons at Notre Dame. Won one for the Gipper, among others.

4. Frank Leahy: Went 36-0-2 between 1946 and 1949. Ducked UCF

5. Joe Paterno (409-136-3): Masterful Penn State teacher, patriarch. Now if only he had phoned the police.

6. Bobby Bowden (346-125-4): Homespun delight won two national titles, had 14 straight top-5 seasons.

7. Tom Osborne (255-49-3): Relentlessly successful, including three national championships in final three seasons.

8. Barry Switzer (157-29-4): Three national titles. Hung half a hundred on teams even before Big 12 stopped playing defense.

9. Woody Hayes (205-61-10): Legendary presence at Ohio State until fist collided with opposing player's neck.

10. Eddie Robinson (408-165-15): Longtime Grambling pioneer, first coach to hit 400 wins. Ducked UCF.

11. Geno Auriemma (1,034-136): Yeah, it's women's basketball, but dude has won 11 national titles.

12. Steve Spurrier (220-89-2): Brash football god set the bar at Florida before Meyer, going 122-27 with national titles, brought SEC into new century.

13. John McKay (127-40-8): Won four national titles at USC, softened landing for 0-26 Bucs.

14. Urban Meyer (186-32): College football's Great White Shark. Ultimate eating machine, won everywhere, aided by a pair of blind eyes. Plans on meeting his family in second retirement.

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