As with most such polls, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth, a former North Alabama head coach, is at the top of the list.
Hayes noted the progress Jones has made in starting the Jaguars’ program from scratch, while he noted that Blakeney may need to get the Trojans in the postseason this year to hold on to his job.
Hayes’ complete Sun Belt rankings: 1. Hudspeth; 2. Dennis Franchione, Texas State; 3. Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern; 4. Jones; 5. Blakeney; 6. Todd Berry-Louisiana-Monroe; 7. Blake Anderson, Arkansas State; 8. Doug Martin, New Mexico State; 9. Trent Miles, Georgia State; 10. Paul Petrino, Idaho; 11. Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State.