Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News ranked Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen No. 28 among the 66 BCS coaches. Five ACC coaches are ranked above him (and so is that Paterno guy everyone around here seems to adore).
So whaddaya think? Is Ralph better than Jim Grobe, Frank Beamer, Tom O'Brien, Bobby Bowden or Butch Davis? One thing is for sure -- he made a smart move hiring Kevin Lempa from O'Brien's old staff at BC.
I gave Tom a call to see what he took into consideration when making this list and he said things like past performances, conference championships, consecutive winning seasons, and an overall feeling. He called it "far from being scientific," but said that if it looks like a coach's better days are behind him, he dropped down the list.
Here's the complete list: