Ranking the head coaches in the SEC

Who is the top dog in the SEC among head coaches entering the 2024 college football season?
Kirby Smart, Brian Kelly, SEC football
Kirby Smart, Brian Kelly, SEC football / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages
2 of 5
Hugh Freeze
Hugh Freeze / Jake Crandall/ Advertiser / USA TODAY

13. Sam Pittman, Arkansas

The Arkansas Razorbacks were one of the most disappointing teams in the SEC last season. In Sam Pittman's fourth year as the head coach, Arkansas won just four games after getting some votes in the preseason AP Poll and Coaches Poll.

Pittman and the Razorbacks are just two years removed from back-to-back winning records with two consecutive wins in bowl games. Arkansas needs to get back to more of those winning ways as they did in 2021 and 2022 under Pittman for him to stay off the hot seat in 2024.

12. Billy Napier, Florida

Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier is firmly on the hot seat entering his third year in Gainesville. After Florida went from winning six games to five year-over-year in 2023, Napier started feeling the heat coming his way early this offseason.

Florida's schedule in 2024 won't be doing Napier any favors. College Football News ranked Florida's 2024 schedule as the second-hardest in the FBS, behind only the USC Trojans.

11. Hugh Freeze, Auburn

Hugh Freeze certainly had a wild year in his return to the SEC coaching ranks in 2023. In his first year as the Auburn Tigers head coach in 2023, Freeze experienced the highs of getting off to a 3-0 start while nearly upsetting the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs and No. 8 Alabama.

But a plethora of close losses and some devastating results in convincing defeats at the hands of the New Mexico State Aggies and Maryland Terrapins saw Freeze and the Tigers left with more questions than answers at the conclusion of 2023.

10. Mike Elko, Texas A&M

Former Texas A&M Aggies defensive coordinator Mike Elko returns to College Station as the head coach replacing Jimbo Fisher entering the 2024 season. Elko is fresh off a successful two-year run in Durham where he led the Duke Blue Devils to back-to-back winning seasons, including a nine-win campaign in 2022.

Elko is tasked with doing what Fisher couldn't in the last few years in College Station, getting over the hump and reaching new heights of success in the SEC and on the national stage.