SEC coaches describe team in one word

Pick a word, any word.

That’s what I asked the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences and Notre Dame to do. Describe their team in one word.

Some coaches were one-word wonders, but a few insisted they needed two words. That’s fine because the descriptions shed some insight into how coaches view their team and/or what they want the public perception of their team to be.

Of the 65 coaches, “hungry” was the most common description. Nine coaches went with it, making a “hungry” team the modern-day equivalent of the “taking it one game at a time” clich√©. Four coaches used “unproven,” another four “experienced” and three said “young.” Two coaches each used “redemption,” “committed,” “improved” or “youthful."

In all, the 65 coaches used 44 different descriptions.

Well, here’s to taking it one “word” at a time. My word: Enjoy.


Alabama’s Nick Saban: Untested

Arkansas’ Bret Bielema: Motivated

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn: Experienced

Florida’s Will Muschamp: Hungry

Georgia’s Mark Richt: Wow

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: Improved

LSU’s Les Miles: Unknown

Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen: Hungry

Missouri’s Gary Pinkel: Confident

Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze: Relentless

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier: Decent

Tennessee’s Butch Jones: Committed

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin: Eager

Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason: Audacious