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May 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

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Mike Leach, Steve Sarkisian are in top 30 of Sporting News' coach rankings

The Sporting News has released its ranking of all 124 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision coaches. How do Washington State's Mike Leach and Washington's Steve Sarkisian stack up?

Very good, actually.

Leach is No. 17 overall. Sarkisian, who has been a head coach for only three seasons, is No. 30. Not surprisingly, Alabama's Nick Saban tops the list.

Oregon's Chip Kelly is the highest-ranked Pac-12 coach at No. 6. Earlier this week, as the prolific Bob Condotta noted, the Sporting News ranked coaches by conference. Click here to look at the Pac-12.

Here's how they stack up overall: Chip (No. 6), Leach (17), USC's Lane Kiffin (20), Utah's Kyle Whittingham (21), Sarkisian (30), Stanford's David Shaw (32), Arizona's Rich Rodriguez (39), Oregon State's Mike Riley (55), California's Jeff Tedford (57), UCLA's Jim Mora (68), Arizona State's Todd Graham (75), Colorado's Jon Embree (106).

What does it all mean? Whatever you want it to, really. It's mostly just fodder for a fun debate. It'll be interesting to see who lives up -- or down -- to these rankings.

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