Not surprisingly, many of the coaches that have put in the most time at their respective schools are gathered near the top of Athlon's rankings. Patterson, whose 12 years at TCU make him the 4th-most tenured Big 12 coach, comes in at 2nd. It's refreshing to see someone in the media not immediately dismiss Patterson and TCU because of the perceived weakness of the MWC and CUSA. It looks like the folks at Athlon may actually realize the enormity of the work done by Patterson at TCU, well beyond just his magnificent won/loss record.
I'd vote GP #1, but I am a little biased. OU's Bob Stoops came in the top spot, and it's hard to argue against his seven Big 12 titles.