The Virginian-Pilot recently conducted a survey of voters in the Associated Press top-25 poll on the topic of the best active college football coaches without a national championship under their belt. Here are the results the poll produced courtesy of writer Kyle Tucker. (Note: 36 of 60 AP voters participated, including yours truly).
BEST ACTIVE COACHES WITHOUT A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: 78 points, 20 first-place votes, 31 total ballots
2. Chris Petersen, Boise State: 26 points, 3 first-place votes, 15 total ballots
3. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: 22 points, 3 first-place votes, 12 total ballots
4. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: 19 points, 4 first-place votes, 8 total ballots
5. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame: 18 points, 4 first-place votes, 9 total ballots
6. Mark Richt, Georgia: 15 points, 1 first-place vote, 10 total ballots
7. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech: 12 points, 7 total ballots
8. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech: 8 points, 1 first-place vote, 4 total ballots
9. Gary Patterson, TCU: 4 points, 3 total ballots
t-10. Jeff Tedford, California: 3 points, 2 total ballots
t-10. Mike Riley, Oregon State: 3 points, 2 total ballots
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Butch Davis, North Carolina; Bobby Petrino, Arkansas; Rick Neuheisel, UCLA.