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Past and present Utah football coaches featured on annual coaching rankings list

Published: Tuesday, April 23 2013 11:05 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2012, file phot, Alabama coach Nick Saban questions a referee in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Saban will have a reunion of sorts from Kent State's 1972 Mid-American Conference championship team, since he couldn't make the first one. The Alabama coach was a safety on that team 40 years ago, while Missouri's Gary Pinkel was the star tight end. They'll be opposing coaches for the first time Saturday in Columbia, Mo., instead of teammates and co-workers. (Dave Martin, File, Associated Press) FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2012, file phot, Alabama coach Nick Saban questions a referee in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Saban will have a reunion of sorts from Kent State's 1972 Mid-American Conference championship team, since he couldn't make the first one. The Alabama coach was a safety on that team 40 years ago, while Missouri's Gary Pinkel was the star tight end. They'll be opposing coaches for the first time Saturday in Columbia, Mo., instead of teammates and co-workers. (Dave Martin, File, Associated Press)

Former Utah coach Urban Meyer was beat out only by Alabama's Nick Saban, and BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is rated 17 on Sporting News' annual rankings of best college coaches.

125 coaches from Division I football programs were ranked based on wins, championships, recruiting, history at previous jobs, future potential and other factors.

Current Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is ranked 36 and former Utah State and current Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is ranked 50. Matt Wells, who was hired to replace Andersen, is ranked 109.

Saban, whose Alabama team has been dominant for the past few seasons, was the obvious choice for best coach in the nation. Meyer, who was ranked second, who quietly came off of an undefeated seasons with Ohio State because of sanctions against the school, has continued to solidify his reputation for developing elite college quarterbacks.

Chris Petersen of Boise State, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and Brian Kelly of Notre Dame round out the top five.

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