Mike Gundy, Bob Stoops each in Top 15 of college football coaches ranked by playing career

www.cbssports.com Published: August 26, 2014
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CBSSports.com went there. Just as he did with the 68 coaches in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Tony Moss ranked the 128 head coaches of the FBS level based on how good they were as football players.

It's an exercise that's sure to spark debate, and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops each rank high on the list. Gundy is ranked 12th for his 1980s success at OSU, while Stoops is ranked 15th for starring at Iowa in the late 1970s-early 1980s.

Gundy finished his career as the leading passer in Big 8 Conference history. Stoops was a four-year starter and All-Big 10 defensive back for the Hawkeyes.

One current Big 12 coach ranked higher than Stoops and Gundy. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is No. 4 on the list folllowing a prolific career at Texas Tech, where he threw for more 95 touchdowns and more than 12,000 yards.

The No. 1 player-turned-D-I coach on the list? South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, who won the Heisman Trophy as a senior at Florida in 1966.


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