Postseason ranking of SEC's best coaches

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Columnist and popular Alabama radio personality Paul Finebaum has ranked the SEC's head coaches from 1-12.

It's a postseason ranking and takes into account the results of the 2008 season, and he also includes the three new hires in the league.

I agree with his top five: 1. Urban Meyer, 2. Nick Saban, 3. Mark Richt, 4. Houston Nutt and 5. Bobby Petrino.

I'd have Bobby Johnson a little higher, though. Finebaum has Johnson eighth. I'd probably have him sixth or seventh after what he did with the Vanderbilt team this season and how close the Commodores have been the last few seasons.

Finebaum has the three new coaches in the last three spots, with Tennessee's Lane Kiffin bringing up the rear. Kiffin probably deserves to be ranked a few spots higher simply because of the staff he's putting together with his father, Monte Kiffin, and former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron.

Still, it's really difficult right now to evaluate Gene Chizik, Dan Mullen or Kiffin as head coaches.