SEC coach rankings for 2020: LSU’s Ed Orgeron makes big leap up

first_imgSporting News ranked all the coaches in the FBS from 1 to 130, and the SEC placed more coaches in the top 25 than any other conference.  A total of eight SEC coaches made the top 25, and 11 ranked inside the top 40. That speaks to the depth in the best conference in college football. The conference adds four new coaches in Mississippi State’s Mike Leach, Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin, Missouri’s Eliah Drinkwitz and Arkansas’ Sam Pittman.    — Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher and Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt — both former Saban assistants — might draw some criticism for their high placement. Both have improved programs desperate to get back on the national stage, but the next step will be beating the top 10 programs around them.  — Kiffin is one spot behind South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, who is coming off a 4-8 season and is 26-25 in four seasons with the Gamecocks. Kiffin hasn’t been on the Power 5 stage since his stint with USC that ended during the regular season.  — Kentucky has the sixth-best record in the SEC the past three seasons at 25-14. That speaks to the remarkable job done by Mark Stoops in Lexington, though the improvements made at Florida and Tennessee will make that more difficult over the next few seasons. All of those coaches will chase the top two in the league. Alabama’s Nick Saban remains the top choice, but LSU’s Ed Orgeron might surprise some by moving into the No. 2 spot.   How does the rest of the field shake out? Here’s a deeper look at our SEC coach rankings for 2020 (record at current school):   2020 SEC Coach Rankings    RANKCOACHSCHOOLWLPCTOVR1Nick SabanAlabama15223.86912Ed OrgeronLSU409.81633Kirby SmartGeorgia4412.78654Dan MullenFlorida215.80885Jimbo FisherTexas A&M179.654106Gus MalzahnAuburn6231.667137Mike LeachMississippi State00.000198Jeremy PruittTennessee1312.520259Mark StoopsKentucky4444.5002710Will MuschampSouth Carolina2625.5103811Lane KiffinOle Miss6134.6423912Eliah DrinkwitzMissouri00.0005813Derek MasonVanderbilt2747.3656214Sam PittmanArkansas00.00075 Quick reads    — Should Orgeron be ranked ahead of Georgia’s Kirby Smart? The winning percentages the past three seasons are almost identical. Smart checks in at 36-8 (.818), and Orgeron is at 40-9 (.816). When it’s that close, you look the last meeting in the SEC championship game and who has the national championship. Orgeron wins on both accounts.last_img read more

Tons of dirt bury a couple’s `dream house’

first_imgSLIDE: La Jolla hillside landed on their home; they say they weren’t warned. By Allison Hoffman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Erinn and Alton McCormick had no idea when they bought their house in June that it sat directly beneath a weak hillside. On Thursday, it sat buried up to the roofline by a wall of earth and cracked asphalt studded with pieces of curb, eucalyptus and palm tree that used to be across the street. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityResidents returning to the shaken neighborhood – whether just to grab some things and take photos to show insurance adjusters or, if they were lucky, to stay for good – struggled to figure out who to blame for the landslide that took a chunk out of their La Jolla hillside a day earlier. The collapse came just hours after engineers hired to inspect an earth slippage that was first spotted in July warned residents not to sleep in their homes because of the potential for instability in an area that has suffered landslides in the past. It sent four homes sinking down the slope and shoved tons of dirt up to the roofline of the McCormicks’ house on the street below. In all, nine homes had severe structural damage that put them off limits and 18 others remained yellow-tagged for further inspection before they can be reoccupied. “They told us the worst-case scenario was 6 feet of dirt in our front yard,” said Erinn McCormick, 37, who said she first heard that engineers were concerned about a slip a month after she moved into her “dream house.” “Then I talked to an engineer yesterday morning before I took my kids to school, and he said, `I wouldn’t stay here if I were you.”‘ McCormick, who could see her buried house from a police checkpoint but hadn’t been able to return and inspect it, said she had spent days calling city officials about a water leak in her street. She didn’t get a response until Monday, two days before the collapse, when workers finally turned off a hydrant. A total off 111 homes were evacuated after the slide. Residents of 84 undamaged houses were allowed to return Thursday. “They told me I wouldn’t ever be able to get back in, but it’s absolutely perfect,” said Jeanne Plante, 43, who said she was just planning to remodel her $1.7 million mountainside house. “I probably lost half a million in equity overnight, though.” Many insurers provide homeowners’ policies that protect against earthquakes and floods but they have shied away from covering landslides, which only affect a relatively small number of people. The only possible exception is if homeowners prove the landslide was caused by something that is covered, like utility-line ruptures, said Jennifer Kearns, a spokesman for the California Department of Insurance. “If the history of inspections of pipelines on Mount Soledad indicates that leakage isn’t an isolated event, if it keeps happening and they just deal with it, you have to ask what kind of work have they been doing over the past 10 years,” said Ahmed Elgamal, a professor of structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego. “If it’s been active, that’s a sign that in certain areas it’s an expected event that the pipes would move.” The city spotted cracks on Soledad Mountain Road in July and water and gas main breaks in August. A water line in the neighborhood was replaced with an above-ground pipeline in September to avert damage, and engineers were in the area installing measuring devices just as the land began to shift. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img