Friday, April 10, 2009

With the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select.....Jim Leavitt?

South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt knows how to keep things refreshing during spring practices. Brian Bennett reports that Leavitt made a promise to his team that he would run the 40 yard dash in under six seconds. His time? A not so laughable 5.72 seconds.

From ESPN:

But the 52-year-old South Florida coach made good on his promise to run the distance in under six seconds. He was clocked at 5.72 seconds while doing the sprint before practice on Thursday afternoon.

Leavitt's run was part of a promotion tied into South Florida's spring game on Saturday. Students will compete in a mock combine before the game, and those who beat Leavitt's time will get a T-shirt that says "I'm Faster Than Leavitt!" The fastest student will win a pair of tickets to the Bulls' game at Florida State in September.
Not bad for a 52 year old man, considering his time would have only put him .46 seconds slower than quarterback Hunter Cantwell's performance at the combine. But, if Leavitt really wanted to impress scouts he would have to be an offensive lineman. Leavitt's 5.72 was only one-tenth of a second slower than offensive lineman Ramon Foster's combine time.

So, that got me thinking....which college football coaches do you think would beat this? How many coaches 'still got it', years after their playing days?

Here's my unofficial top five:

5) USC's Pete Carroll
4) Florida's Urban Meyer
3) Buffalo's Turner Gill
2) Michigan's Rich Rodriguez
1) Tennesse's Lane Kiffin

And, on the flip-side, your not so speedy coaches:
5) Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer
4) Florida State's Bobby Bowden
3) Penn State's Joe Paterno
2) Notre Dame's Charlie Weis
1) Kansas' Mark Mangino

Photo from Getty Images

I'm sure I overlooked plenty of coaches, so, who makes your list of speedy coaches? Or lack-there-of.

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