CBS Sports has anonymous CFB coaches vote on most overrated, underrated head coaches
We often hear the term “fraternity of coaches” when it comes to college football. There’s a mutual respect amongst the coaches in the sport for trying to accomplish the same goals every year.
But that doesn’t mean that these coaches don’t have opinions. And, sometimes, they can even be a little candid, too.
Recently, CBS Sports had one-fifth of the 129 coaches in college football give their opinions on the most overrated and underrated head coaches in the sport. The voting revealed some interesting results.
Penn State head coach James Franklin was voted as one of the most overrated in the game, receiving 20 percent of the vote. Florida State head coach Willie Taggart also received 20 percent.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was also mentioned, polling at 13 percent.
Here’s what those anonymous coaches had to say about Franklin:
“James Franklin. His coaching peers know he is full of it.”
“When [Franklin] got the Penn State job, I thought, ‘Man, he’s a good marketer.’ He did a nice job with that. It’ll be interesting without Saquon [Barkley]. He’s underrated. He turns a lot of no plays into 60-yard touchdowns.”
After a rough few years to start Happy Valley, Franklin has guided Penn State to a B1G championship and a Fiesta Bowl title over the past two seasons.
Only one B1G head coach received significant votes as most underrated, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald. The Wildcats’ head coach came in tied at third with Florida’s Dan Mullen and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham with eight percent.
Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State) and Jeff Brohm (Purdue) were also mentioned as coaches who were underrated.