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Athlon Sports ranked the top 10 offensive and defensive coordinator combinations in college football and the SEC lead the way with 4 selections:

1. Clemson OC: Chad Morris (3 yr) DC: Brent Venables (2 yr)
2. Alabama OC: Lane Kiffin (--) DC: Kirby Smart (6 yr)
3. Oklahoma OC: Josh Heupel (4 yr) DC: Mike Stoops (2 yr)
4. LSU OC: Cam Cameron (1 yr) DC: John Chavis (5 yr)
5. Georgia OC: Mike Bobo (8 yr) DC: Jeremy Pruitt (--)
6. Michigan State OC: Dave Warner, Jim Bollman (1 yr) DC: Pat Narduzzi (7 yr)
7. USC OC: Clay Helton (4 yr) DC: Justin Wilcox (--)
8. Missouri OC: Josh Henson (1 yr) DC: Dave Steckel (5 yr)
9. Virginia Tech OC: Scott Loeffler (1 yr) DC: Bud Foster (19 yr)
10. Penn State OC: John Donovan (1 yr) DC: Bob Shoop (1 yr)
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2. Alabama OC: Lane Kiffin (--) DC: Kirby Smart (6 yr)
Smart has been a hot head-coaching name for half a decade now and he continues to turn down overtures to stay with Nick Saban. His defenses are among the nation’s best every year he’s been in Tuscaloosa. Kiffin, for all of his faults, is overqualified to be “just” an offensive coordinator. As long as he isn’t handling CEO duties — which he has struggled with in the past — Kiffin could be one of the nation’s top offensive minds in 2014. There is no questioning his ability to coach quarterbacks and develop a passing game.

4. LSU OC: Cam Cameron (1 yr) DC: John Chavis (5 yr)
Cameron was brought in to instill a pro-style balanced attack and he turned Zach Mettenberger from SEC also-ran into an NFL Draft pick in just one season. He has his work cut out for him with the departures in the passing game but the ground attack should be one of the nation’s best. Chavis has a long standing history of SEC success but his unit has gotten worse three consecutive seasons since the 2011 BCS national title game. His squad should rebound in 2014.

5. Georgia OC: Mike Bobo (8 yr) DC: Jeremy Pruitt (--)
Pruitt comes to Athens after winning two national titles as the defensive backs coach at Alabama in 2011-12. Then he won a national title last year as the defensive coordinator at Florida State. Now, he takes over a Dawgs defense with loads of talent and upside. Bobo has had some tough(er) seasons but largely has produced efficient and effective offenses over a long period of time in the SEC. Georgia has averaged 6.4 yards per play over the last six seasons — which would’ve ranked 22nd nationally last fall.

8. Missouri OC: Josh Henson (1 yr) DC: Dave Steckel (5 yr)
Staff stability has been a staple for Gary Pinkel and his current coordinator duo is one of the most underrated tandems in the nation. Henson is largely regarded as the potential head coach in waiting and has the respect of everyone in Columbia. He has been on the Tigers staff for six years and showed in one year running the offense that he is totally capable. Steckel has been with Missouri since 2001 and has been running the defense since '09. He continues to overachieve with middle-of-the-pack recruits.
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"1. Clemson OC: Chad Morris (3 yr) DC: Brent Venables (2 yr)"

Though having an incompetent head coach will prove crippling.
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Dont misery fans hate stevkel?
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"his unit has gotten worse three consecutive seasons since the 2011 BCS national title game. His squad should rebound in 2014."

Math fail
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"Kiffin, for all of his faults, is overqualified to be “just” an offensive coordinator."

This makes absolutely no sense at all. He was a terrible HC and has limited experience as an OC. How does that make him overqualified?
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He was a terrible hire you will agree in in a few years when alabamas facing the ncaa because of recruiting violations
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Bud Foster being able to carry Loeffler onto this list is the highest compliment I've ever seen given to a coach.
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But Kiffin was a horrible hire ....ask any tiger fan
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Bobo, Loeffler and Kiffin? smdh
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9. Virginia Tech OC: Scott Loeffler (1 yr) DC: Bud Foster (19 yr)

Bud Foster is a great and well established DC. Loeffler is a train wreck. How the F did he make this list? Guy was an absolute abortion at Auburn.
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