Which SEC Coach is The Road King?

It takes a lot to become a successful coach in the Southeastern Conference. If a team is able to win on the road in the SEC, they usually stay for a while.

So which active SEC coach seems to do the best on the road over the last few years? Let’s take a look. I’ll leave Saban out of this since he spent the last 2 years in the NFL. Neutral sites and bowl games will not be included.

So here are the road records for the SEC coaches that have been in the conference for the last 2 to 3 years. The coaches will be ranked by their win percentages (best at the top, worst at the bottom).

Road Records Last 3 Seasons

Coaches 2004 W/L 2005 W/L 2006 W/L Total W/L Win %
Tuberville 4-0* 3-1 4-0 11-1 .917
Richt 3-1 3-0* 3-1 9-2 .818
Miles N/A 5-0 2-2 7-2 .778
Fulmer 4-0 2-3 4-1 10-4 .714
Spurrier N/A 2-2 4-1 6-3 .667
Meyer N/A 1-3 3-1* 4-4 .500
Nutt 1-3 1-4 4-0 6-7 .462
Johnson 0-5 3-2 2-4 5-11 .312
Croom 0-4 1-4 2-3 3-11 .214
Brooks 0-4 1-4 1-3 2-11 .154
Orgeron N/A 1-4 0-5 1-9 .100

*= Denotes SEC Championship Game Winner

As you can see, Tuberville is the king based strictly on the win percentage. But you have to wonder, how much does quality of opponent factor into being the true ‘Road King’?

Let’s take a look at the combined wins and losses of the opponents. While this may not be the perfect way to determine the best, it is an interesting indicator.

Tommy Tuberville

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Miss State (3-8) NONE Arkansas (4-7) LSU (11-2) Miss. State (3-9) NONE
Tennessee (10-3)   Kentucky (3-8)   S. Carolina (8-5)  
Ole Miss (4-7)   Georgia (10-2)   Ole Miss (4-8)  
Alabama (6-6)       Alabama (6-7)  

Total: 11-1

Mark Richt

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ‘05 losses ‘06 wins ‘06 losses
S. Carolina (6-5) Auburn (13-0) Miss. State (3-8) NONE S. Carolina (8-5) Kentucky (8-5)
Arkansas (5-6)   Tennessee (5-6)   Ole Miss (4-8)  
Kentucky (2-9)   Vanderbilt (5-6)   Auburn (11-2)  

Total: 9-2

Les Miles

‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Arizona St. (7-5) NONE Tennessee (9-5) Auburn (11-2)
Miss. State (3-8)   Arkansas (10-4) Florida (13-1)
Vanderbilt (5-6)      
Alabama (10-2)      
Ole Miss (3-8)      

Total: 7-2

Phil Fulmer

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Georgia (10-2) NONE LSU (11-2) Florida (9-3) Georgia (9-4) Arkansas (10-4)
Ole Miss (4-7)   Kentucky (3-8) Alabama (10-2) S. Carolina (8-5)  
S. Carolina (6-5)     Notre Dame (9-3) Vanderbilt (4-8)  
Vanderbilt (2-9)       Memphis (2-10)  

Total: 10-4

Steve Spurrier

‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Tennessee (5-6) Georgia (10-3) Miss. State (3-9) Florida (13-1)
Arkansas (4-7) Auburn (9-3) Kentucky (8-5)  
    Vanderbilt (4-8)  
    Clemson (8-5)  

Total:6-3

Urban Meyer

‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Kentucky (3-8) Alabama (10-2) Tennessee (9-4) Auburn (11-2)
  LSU (11-2) Vanderbilt (4-8)  
  S. Carolina (7-5) Florida State (7-6)  

Total: 4-4

Houston Nutt

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Miss State (3-8) Florida (7-5) Ole Miss (3-8) USC (12-1) Vanderbilt (4-8) NONE
  Auburn (13-0)   Alabama (10-2) Auburn (11-2)  
  S. Carolina (6-5)   Georgia (10-2) S. Carolina (8-5)  
      LSU(11-2) Miss. State  

Total: 6-7

Bobby Johnson

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
NONE Ole Miss (4-7) Wake Forrest (4-7) S. Carolina(7-5) Georgia (9-4) Michigan (11-2)
  Navy (10-2) Arkansas (4-7) Florida (9-3) Duke (0-12) Alabama (6-7)
  Georgia (10-2) Tennessee (5-6)     Ole Miss (4-8)
  LSU (9-3)       Kentucky (8-5)
  Kentucky (2-9)        

Total: 5-11

Sylvester Croom

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
NONE Auburn (13-0) Tulane (2-9) Auburn(9-3) UAB (3-9) LSU(11-2)
  LSU (9-3)   Florida (9-3) Alabama (6-7) Georgia(9-4)
  Vanderbilt (2-9)   Kentucky(3-8)   Ole Miss(4-8)
  Alabama(6-6)   Arkansas(4-7)    
  Ole Miss (4-7)        

Total: 3-11

Rich Brooks

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
NONE Louisville (11-1) Vanderbilt (5-6) Indiana (4-7) Miss. State (3-9) Louisville (12-1)
  Florida (7-5)   S. Carolina (7-5)   Florida (13-1)
  Auburn (13-0)   Ole Miss (3-8)   LSU (11-2)
  Miss. State (3-8)   Georgia (10-2)   Tennessee (9-4)
  Tennessee (10-3)        

Total: 2-11

Ed Orgeron

‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Memphis (7-5) Vanderbilt (5-6) NONE Missouri (8-5)
  Tennessee(5-6)   Kentucky (8-5)
  Auburn (9-3)   Alabama (6-7)
  Miss. State (3-8)   Arkansas (10-4)
      LSU (11-2)

Total: 1-9

There you have it. Who do you truly think is currently the best SEC coach on the road? Remember, Saban isn’t in the running for this since he spent the last 2 seasons in the NFL. I hope you’ve enjoyed this.

P.S.

In case you were wondering, here are the last 3 seasons for Saban and Shula in the SEC.

Nick Saban (LSU)

‘02 Wins ‘02 Losses ‘03 wins ’03 Losses ‘04 Wins ’04 Losses
Florida (8-5) Va. Tech (10-4) Arizona (4-8) NONE Florida (7-5) Auburn (13-0)
Kentucky (7-5) Auburn (9-4) Miss. State (2-10)   Arkansas (5-6) Georgia (10-2)
  Arkansas (9-5) S. Carolina (5-7)      
    Alabama (4-9)      
    Ole Miss (10-3)      

Total: 9-5 (.643)

Mike Shula (Alabama)

‘04 Wins ‘04 Losses ‘05 wins ’05 Losses ‘06 Wins ’06 Losses
Kentucky (2-9) Arkansas (5-6) S. Carolina (7-5) Auburn (9-3) NONE Arkansas (10-4)
  Tennessee (10-3) Ole Miss (3-8)     Florida (13-1)
  LSU (9-3) Miss. State (3-8)     Tennessee (9-4)
          LSU (11-2)

Total: 5-8 (.385)

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One Response to “Which SEC Coach is The Road King?”

  1. Nico Says:

    Interesting stuff. I hope Saban gets better on the road because he only beat one 10 win team on the road in those three seasons.


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