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Chip R
05-23-2008, 09:18 AM
http://collegefootball.rivals.com/photofeature.asp?SID=1144&fid=22929

HeatherC1212
05-23-2008, 09:32 AM
Go Jim Tressel!!! :jump:

dabvu2498
05-23-2008, 09:35 AM
#9: Tommy Tuberville

I'm not going any further. Who's #1? Saban?

15fan
05-23-2008, 10:08 AM
Jim Grobe's defense this year will be scary good.

bucksfan2
05-23-2008, 10:11 AM
Where is Charlie Weis?

Chip R
05-23-2008, 10:19 AM
Where is Charlie Weis?


He's certainly not tough to spot. ;)

Highlifeman21
05-23-2008, 12:21 PM
I guess it would be arguing semantics, but I think Tressel or Carroll could be interchangable at #1. I think they are both great coaches, and I would give the edge slightly to Pete Carroll, but I think Jim Tressel gets more out of less from his players. It definitely seems to me that Carroll has better players each year, while perhaps maybe Tressel is benefitting from a weak Big X?

The only thing that frustrates me about each coach is that Carroll seems to routinely look past weaker opponents and sometimes gets tripped up by them, while Tressel will get a 3 or 7 point lead, and attempt to sit on it. I'd rather see Tressel go for the jugular and get at least a 2 score lead before he hands the ball off to the RB du jour, and settles for 3 and out series before putting a lot of stress on his D to hold the lead.

Regardless, both great coaches.

Unassisted
05-23-2008, 01:56 PM
http://collegefootball.rivals.com/photofeature.asp?SID=1144&fid=22929You should have put a warning on that link for those of us who don't like to look at Mack Brown any more than we have to. ;)

On another note, given the rumors swirling around USC, I wonder if Pete Carroll will be as highly-esteemed this time next year.

Spring~Fields
05-23-2008, 02:19 PM
That's a pretty good list.

I noticed that no one named Dusty was on it. :)

GoReds33
05-23-2008, 02:34 PM
Give it a couple years and you will see Brian Kelly on there.

Boston Red
05-23-2008, 03:18 PM
Anyone who went 41-9 at Lousiville has to be on the list. Scumbag or not, Bobby Petrino is absolutely one of the top 10 college football coaches.

MWM
05-23-2008, 03:55 PM
No way is Tressel one of the top 2 coaches in the country. I don't even think he's in the 5. He's a really good coach, but he's got too many limitations. His lack of ability to caoch in faster paced games is a glaring weakness that's been exposed in the last 2 title games. When Tressel ball goes awry, he has no idea how to react.

dabvu2498
05-23-2008, 04:05 PM
Where's Phil Fulmer? :D

kaldaniels
05-23-2008, 08:43 PM
No way is Tressel one of the top 2 coaches in the country. I don't even think he's in the 5. He's a really good coach, but he's got too many limitations. His lack of ability to caoch in faster paced games is a glaring weakness that's been exposed in the last 2 title games. When Tressel ball goes awry, he has no idea how to react.

I would agree Tressel is not the #2 gameday coach in college football. But with college as opposed to pros "coach" encompasses so much more...i.e. the recruiting trail and getting your players to play to their max potential for instance.

OSUredsFAN
05-23-2008, 11:59 PM
No way is Tressel one of the top 2 coaches in the country. I don't even think he's in the 5. He's a really good coach, but he's got too many limitations. His lack of ability to caoch in faster paced games is a glaring weakness that's been exposed in the last 2 title games. When Tressel ball goes awry, he has no idea how to react.

So Tress is not in your top 5? So who is? I would love to see that list.

BuckeyeRedleg
05-24-2008, 12:34 AM
No way is Tressel one of the top 2 coaches in the country. I don't even think he's in the 5. He's a really good coach, but he's got too many limitations. His lack of ability to caoch in faster paced games is a glaring weakness that's been exposed in the last 2 title games. When Tressel ball goes awry, he has no idea how to react.

This would be one of the rare times I disagree with you.

15fan
05-28-2008, 10:19 PM
Just got back from an extended weekend at the Hilton in Sandestin, Fla. That's where the SEC has their annual meeting. Shared an elevator with Nick Saban this morning. For the record, he was wearing a nice purple and yellow checked shirt. The Alabama folks really should pay him enough so that he can afford to buy some clothes that are the colors of his new school.

I also walked right past Steve Spurrier. I did what any Big 10/11 & ACC fan would have done.

I ignored him as if he wasn't there.

As for Phil Fulmer, I'll speculate that he was still at the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

jmcclain19
05-29-2008, 03:39 AM
I would say that's a pretty fair list. There could be some arguing on the margins but all 10 are excellent head football coaches.

How someone hasn't pried Jim Grobe out of Wake yet boggles my mind.

It's never publicized, but Wake has tougher entry requirements than Stanford and Duke, which makes Grobe's job that much more amazing in my mind.

15fan
05-29-2008, 09:56 AM
How someone hasn't pried Jim Grobe out of Wake yet boggles my mind.

It's never publicized, but Wake has tougher entry requirements than Stanford and Duke, which makes Grobe's job that much more amazing in my mind.

Oh, people have tried, but Grobe's got himself a pretty good situation with respect to talent and facilities (both current and in the pipeline). He's also got a great working relationship with the AD, and he's put together a staff that really works well together.

The biggest thing, though, is that what he has built at Wake took a lot of time. If you look around at the major programs, I don't think many of their fanbases would be patient enough to let Grobe replicate what he's put together in Winston-Salem.

DTCromer
05-29-2008, 11:54 AM
So Tress is not in your top 5? So who is? I would love to see that list.

Usually a coach who isn't blown out in NC games (and gets lucky in another against one of the worst coaches of all-time). The guy has one of the thickest budgets in the country to work with, almost no competition in the Big 10, and pretty much no school to compete with for recruits in Ohio.

One thing I will give him credit for is scheduling out of conference. OSU does schedule with the best in the country in that regard. But then again, they always have.

From a pure coaching/recruiting standpoint:

Jim Grobe, Frank Beamer, Mark Richt, Mark Mangino, and Bobby Petrino are my top 5 in no particular order.

Boston Red
05-29-2008, 12:27 PM
Usually a coach who isn't blown out in NC games (

There seems to be a flaw in this logic somewhere.

BuckeyeRedleg
05-29-2008, 03:26 PM
There seems to be a flaw in this logic somewhere.

Yes and even the one he won was "lucky".

I think he also won four NC's at YSU, but I'm sure those were all "lucky" as well.

*BaseClogger*
05-29-2008, 03:40 PM
Yes and even the one he won was "lucky".

I think he also won four NC's at YSU, but I'm sure those were all "lucky" as well.

Not to mention the huge budgets he must have had at YSU... :rolleyes:

jmcclain19
05-29-2008, 03:58 PM
I don't particularly care for Tressel all that much, but you can't argue that he took a continually underachieving program and turned it into a year in, year out national title contender.

That would be what makes him a great coach. As the myraid of coaches at USC before Carroll proved, Ron Zook showed at Florida, Franchione showed repeatedly at Texas A&M and Karl Dorrell showed at UCLA - having all the talent in the world every season doesn't do anything for you if you can't point them in the right direction.

*BaseClogger*
05-29-2008, 04:02 PM
Usually a coach who isn't blown out in NC games ...............
From a pure coaching/recruiting standpoint:

Jim Grobe, Frank Beamer, Mark Richt, Mark Mangino, and Bobby Petrino are my top 5 in no particular order.

How many National Titles have those guys won?

Oxilon
05-29-2008, 04:15 PM
I'm just glad Bobby Bowden has yet to surface in this thread.

IslandRed
05-29-2008, 05:23 PM
I'm just glad Bobby Bowden has yet to surface in this thread.

There was a time. Same goes for Paterno.

improbus
05-29-2008, 09:16 PM
As an OU alum, I'm utterly shocked that anyone who was ever associated with Ohio Football would be on any top 5 list (except for kickers...) Grobe is a good coach, but is very limited schematically. At OU he ran the triple option, a High School offense. If you watch Wake games, his offense there is not much better. You also have to keep in mind that Miami, VT, and FSU are on serious down swings. Grobe's timing was perfect.

As far as Tressel is concerned, any coach that goes to 3 BCS title games in 7 years is a top coach, regardless of their inherit conference advantages. He puts as many kids into the NFL as anyone else, he has dominated his rival, and he has created a team that is a top 5 threat every season. No team, with th exception of USC, has been as consistent as OSU since Tressel took over,and in college football sustained greatness is the key.

15fan
05-29-2008, 10:41 PM
As an OU alum, I'm utterly shocked that anyone who was ever associated with Ohio Football would be on any top 5 list (except for kickers...) Grobe is a good coach, but is very limited schematically. At OU he ran the triple option, a High School offense. If you watch Wake games, his offense there is not much better. You also have to keep in mind that Miami, VT, and FSU are on serious down swings. Grobe's timing was perfect.

Nothing wrong with that. Keep it simple, don't turn the ball over, play field position, and win with defense & the kicking game.

(For the record, the 2006 and 2007 ACC rookies of the year are in the Wake backfield this year - RS Jr. QB Riley Skinner and RS So. TB Josh Adams.)

In the 2008 NFL Draft, FSU only had 3 players drafted (rounds 3, 5 & 6). VT had 1 guy picked in every round, with a 2nd pick in round 2, giving Beamer 8 draft picks. Miami had players drafted in rounds 1-3. In a down year, that's a collective 8 players taken in the first 3 rounds and 14 overall.

In the 2007 NFL Draft, Miami had 3 guys go in round 1 with 2 more taken in round 4. FSU Had 1 guy picked in round 1, 3 in round 3, and 1 in round 4. VT had 1 guy picked in round 3, and 2 more in round 5. 13 guys picked.

27 total NFL draft picks, with 6 in round 1, 3 in round 2, and 7 in round 3 over the last 2 drafts.

Sounds like talent hasn't been the issue in Blacksburg, Miami and Tallahassee.

IslandRed
05-29-2008, 11:54 PM
Grobe, like any other coach alive or dead, isn't going to get the top skill players to come to Wake Forest. His offensive system works for the type of players they can get, it's far from simple to defend if you're not in the habit of seeing it, and they flat coach the hell out of their players. He's consistently putting competitive teams on the field at a place that has no inherent business being anything but awful, and that's got to count for something.

WVPacman
05-30-2008, 12:37 AM
I have to be honest when I seen Tressel at #2 I thought it was a poll asking which coach has done the most choking in a title game in the past two years.;)

Sorry Buckeyes fans I had to say it!!:D

OSUredsFAN
05-30-2008, 12:42 AM
Usually a coach who isn't blown out in NC games (and gets lucky in another against one of the worst coaches of all-time)

As stated before, atleast he gets to the NC games. And I believe the Buckeyes were a 14 point dog verse Miami. And don't say anything about the D holding call in OT, that was the right call (despite what Dan Fouts says). Besides, what about the out of bounds call on Jenkins in the 4th Q, if that was called right, the OT never happens.

OK, enough about that, hands down Coach Tressel is in the top 5. Your top 5 is not that good, you need to come up with a better list.

*BaseClogger*
05-30-2008, 09:16 AM
I have to be honest when I seen Tressel at #2 I thought it was a poll asking which coach has done the most choking in a title game in the past two years.;)

Sorry Buckeyes fans I had to say it!!:D

Who is #1 on that list?

Unassisted
05-30-2008, 10:12 AM
Who is #1 on that list?Pete Carroll

*BaseClogger*
05-30-2008, 10:18 AM
Pete Carroll

I meant WVPacman's poll of coaches which have done the most choking in the title game the last two years. I can't think of any other coaches that have been in the title game each of the last two seasons...

EddieMilner
05-30-2008, 11:23 AM
Usually a coach who isn't blown out in NC games (and gets lucky in another against one of the worst coaches of all-time).

I assume you are referring to the pass interference call as being "lucky". Watch this, I thought that everyone finally came to grips that there was a penalty on the play.

OSU vs. Miami Analysis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMvjADmxhVw)

BuckeyeRedleg
05-30-2008, 12:02 PM
The game should have never gone to OT in the first place. Miami was lucky they had the opportunity to win it in OT.

Ohio State won that game in every facet.

I would suggest that anyone that thinks Miami outplayed OSU go back and watch the game again.

WVPacman
05-30-2008, 11:50 PM
Who is #1 on that list?

Without a doubt it is Tressel! The guy has been out coached the past two seasons in the BCS title game.It kinda makes people wonder if they even deserved to play in it the last two years.:D

OSUredsFAN
05-31-2008, 08:20 AM
Without a doubt it is Tressel! The guy has been out coached the past two seasons in the BCS title game.It kinda makes people wonder if they even deserved to play in it the last two years.:D

Tressel is still in the top 5 coaches in the nation, must be doing something right to get to the BCS title games.

elfmanvt07
05-31-2008, 11:13 AM
You also have to keep in mind that Miami, VT, and FSU are on serious down swings.

VT's on a downswing?

Our horrible record in bowl games aside, we're one of two teams that has won 10 or more games the last 4 years running, the other being USC.

James B.
05-31-2008, 01:03 PM
Where's Phil Fulmer? :D

I know you are joking, but if you just look at wins and losses, he has to be on that list.

RedFanAlways1966
05-31-2008, 02:29 PM
The guy has been out coached the past two seasons in the BCS title game.It kinda makes people wonder if they even deserved to play in it the last two years.:D

Cause they do not have the biggest choke in recent times by losing to a chump team like PITT? Cough, wheeze, cough... CHOKE! ;)

WVPacman
05-31-2008, 11:44 PM
Cause they do not have the biggest choke in recent times by losing to a chump team like PITT? Cough, wheeze, cough... CHOKE! ;)


True but we got rid of our choke of a coach but will OSU get rid of theirs??;)

WVPacman
05-31-2008, 11:46 PM
Tressel is still in the top 5 coaches in the nation, must be doing something right to get to the BCS title games.

Nope he isn't doing nothing right... They're just putting him into the big game when the truth is they did'nt deserve it.:D

OSUredsFAN
06-01-2008, 12:13 AM
Nope he isn't doing nothing right... They're just putting him into the big game when the truth is they did'nt deserve it.:D

Who is They, do you mean the other teams who had their opportunity and failed to get to the title game. If so, then your wrong and I don't follow your logic.
Also, I don't have a english degree but I'm pretty sure that "nothing" should be "anything" and that "did'nt" should be "didn't"

WVPacman
06-01-2008, 12:20 AM
No I was talking about the people who pick who plays in the bowls,they must be OSU homers.I sware if they would be three undefeated teams and OSU with two loses they would still pick OSU to play for the title.The way OSU has played the last two years I think they should be put on a ten year ban not to get to play in the title game.

As far as my spelling goes read what it says at the bottom of all the posts and thats your answer.;)

Revering4Blue
06-01-2008, 10:04 AM
Where is Charlie Weis?

Right here.


Coaches who need to win big this year are ...

Some of these big-name coaches will be gone next year if they don't have big seasons, some will be on double-secret probation in 2009 without a strong 2008, and some just need to turn things around and make their already good teams special again.

Three Big-Name Coaches Who'll Be Gone Without A Big Year

Chuck Long, San Diego State
This isn't exactly how things were supposed to work out. This was Chuck Long, a college football legend and rising offensive mastermind who helped keep the Oklahoma offense booming, coming to San Diego State, a supposed sleeping lion of a program that just needed a few breaks and a little head coaching star power to become a major Mountain West player. This was supposed to be a stepping-stone for Long as he swooped in for a few years and made the Aztecs strong before inevitably leaving for a bigger-name school. Even with loads of offensive experience returning last year, and a NFL-caliber quarterback in Kevin O'Connell to carry things, the offense didn't exactly take off, and the defense continued to be lousy giving Long a 7-17 record in two years. Injuries have been a problem, and Long likely won't be canned even with a third straight lousy season, but there had better be some positive signs or 2009 will be a make-or-break season for his coaching career.

Greg Robinson, Syracuse
How in the name of Skaneateles is Greg Robinson still the head football coach at the University of Syracuse? Who would've ever thought Orange fans would be pining for the Paul Pasqualoni era? In three years his teams have produced a 7-28 record with two of those wins coming against Buffalo, one against a 2006 Miami University squad that went 2-10, and one against a 2006 Illinois team that went 2-10. Worse yet, the attendance isn't there, and very soon, it's going to be a straight money issue if the fan base doesn't start coming back. Robinson has said he's going to start doing more with the defense, he has a few fantastic offensive pieces to build around, but the time to let the program grow it over. There has to be a major sign of improvement, or else things will change ... and quickly.

Mike Stoops, Arizona
In four years, Stoops has gone 17-29 without a bowl appearance. It seems like every season that Arizona is the Breakthrough Program To Watch, but it hasn't happened yet while that other team up the road in Tempe appears to be on the verge of really, really big things. The team always teases with big wins, like last year's victory over Oregon and the 24-20 win over Cal two years ago, but it's never consistent. Considering UA hasn't been to a bowl game since the 1998 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska to close out a 12-1 season, the fan base isn't going to be patient for too much longer.

Four Big-Name Coaches Who'll Get One More Chance If They Don't Rock in 2008. One More.

Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville
How do you have Brian Brohm, a dizzying array of offensive weapons, and the nation's sixth best offense and still go 6-6? Oh yeah, the defense. While changes are being made in Louisville, there are living, breathing expectations for a program that won the Orange Bowl two years ago and could realistically put the words national and championship in its dreams. Considering the success of John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino, Kragthrorpe, one of the nation's hot coaches after an excellent stint at Tulsa, didn't keep the train rolling as expected. No, 2007 wasn't a total disaster, four of the six losses came by seven points or fewer, but losing to arch-rival Kentucky and to a woeful Syracuse made the fans grouchy. This is a place that considers itself a football power now, and anything else than being in the hunt for the Big East title will do.

Mike Price, UTEP
It's not that Price hasn't made UTEP a consistent Conference USA power, it's that his teams have gone into the tank late in the last few seasons despite having some of the best talent in the league. Remember, before Price, UTEP had won two games in three straight seasons, and he set the bar way high with a stunning 8-4 turnaround. However, even in that big 2004 campaign, the Miners lost their final two games including a 33-28 loss to Colorado in the Houston Bowl. That started a horrible trend of closing out seasons going 0-3 in the final three games of 2005 while blowing the Conference USA title and getting blasted by Toledo in the GMAC Bowl. He went 1-5 in the final six games of 2006 and 0-6 to finish 200, and now the program has been lapped by Houston, Tulsa, and UCF, while East Carolina and SMU have been strong.

Ty Willingham, Washington
Willingham was going to show all those Notre Damers who made a big push for change in South Bend, one many thought was unwarranted, by turning around a once-giant of a Washington program. While the recruiting hasn't been bad, it hasn't exactly been lucky. For example, J.R. Hasty was one of the nation's top running backs and the jewel of Willingham's first recruiting class, but instead of being the star to build around, he was never eligible and never got a chance. Forget that Jake Locker is one of the nation's premier young stars. Pay no attention to a brutal schedule that wasn't exactly conducive to rebuilding. This is Washington, a national powerhouse that was competing for Rose Bowls and national titles not all that long ago, and going 11-25 in three seasons isn't going to get it done. Starting out this year at Oregon, against a loaded BYU, and against Oklahoma isn't exactly a way to get things back on track.

Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
Thanks to one of the nation's best recruiting classes, Weis has bought himself at least one more lousy season with 2009 looking like something special if all the talent shines through as expected, but another 3-9 season will make things very, very ugly. Weis proved he could coach Ty Willingham's players, but when it came time to reload, he came up with the worst season in Notre Dame history complete with a loss to Navy. Worse yet, for supposedly being an offensive mastermind, his attack was the worst in America, and that simply can't happen again with a QB like Jimmy Clausen to work with. Don't think Weis's fat contact will be a deterrent for anything; Notre Dame could buy out the head man with the loose change in its pocket.

Three Big-Name Coaches Who Won't Ever Be Fired, But Need To Get Their Mojo Back

Mack Brown, Texas
Remember, we're talking about elite of the elite of the elite expectations here. Brown went 10-3 last year with a Holiday Bowl win, and has gone 20-6 in the last two seasons, but as everyone knows, you can't lose rivalry games. Forget that the Longhorns have won ten or more games in seven straight seasons, compared to six straight seasons at USC, three straight at Ohio State, and two straight at Oklahoma, but they lost last year to the Sooners and lost two years in a row to Texas A&M. The rich alumni will only take guff from their Aggie and Sooner co-workers for so long.

Almost every other program would take Texas's record over the last several years in a heartbeat, but with the national title the goal every year, the grumbling has started again that Brown is a guy who can get the ball on the green, but can't putt. Was 2005 an aberration because of an all-timer of a season from a college football legend? Did Vince Young overcome the coaching? It's not fair; remember, only three current head coaches, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and Dennis Erickson have two D-I national championships (sorry Pete Carroll fans, we live in a BCS world now ... you get 1.5), so the pressure on Brown is unfair. But again, this is Texas.

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
A few years ago, Ferentz was one of the nation's hottest coaches, rumored for just about every open NFL job, or at the very least, certain to bolt to one of the elite of the elite powerhouse programs after taking his talent-challenged Iowa teams to 31 wins in three seasons. Injuries and inconsistencies were the theme from 2005 to 2007 going 7-5, 6-7 and 6-6 in three disappointing campaigns. While that's hardly falling off the map, the team gagged late in 2006 and completely choked last year in the regular season finale against Western Michigan to stay home for the bowl season for the first time since 2000. Oh yeah, and Michigan and Ohio State weren't on last season's schedule. Ferentz isn't going to be fired, he's still doing a decent job, but the window has slammed shut on his shot at bolting for a bigger job, and now there's a question of whether or not the program is going stale. He's going into his tenth year as the head man. This is when Iowa should be rocking and rolling, not regrouping.

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Wasn't the Ol' Ball Coach supposed to be able to just show up and make any SEC team an instant contender? Unfortunately, the rest of the league just got really, really, really loaded with top-shelf coaches like Nick Saban, Les Miles, Urban Meyer, and Bobby Petrino, to go along with established A listers like Tommy Tuberville, Mark Richt and Houston Nutt. In other words, Spurrier is just another great coach in a league full of them. He worked a little bit of magic in his first two years, and injuries took their toll on last year's squad, but now it's year four and this is his program; the buck stops under the visor. The SEC is a cruel, heartless place, and while Spurrier will never be fired, the five-game losing streak to close out last year means he has to produce now and show the Gamecock faithful that yes, you really can win in Columbia.



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Revering4Blue
06-01-2008, 10:10 AM
Give it a couple years and you will see Brian Kelly on there.


Ten coaches on the verge of being superstars

Five Non-BCS Head Coaches Who Will Soon Be Off To Bigger Things

5. Todd Dodge, North Texas
A Texas high school coaching legend, or at least as much of one as a coach can be after being at a place for six years and winning a few national titles, the former Southlake Carroll head man and Texas quarterback is about to make North Texas explode. Oh sure, his first season wasn't exactly productive, leading North Texas to a 2-10 record complete with a loss to lowly Florida International, but the seeds were planted for what should be one of the most exciting passing attacks in the country. He's the ultimate quarterback coach with three of his Carroll passers, including Missouri's Chase Daniel, ranking among the six most productive quarterbacks in Texas high school history, and he's about to do the same for the Mean Green. It'll take two more years in Denton before he's ready to move on.
The Next Logical Step: Oklahoma offensive coordinator

4. Al Golden, Temple
Golden is doing the impossible in taking Temple from non-existence to respectability in just two years. Talk all you want about what Greg Schiano did at Rutgers as a top east coast reclamation project, but he had a Big East team to recruit for. Golden took over a program coming off a winless season and booted by the Big East, a conference that had a hard time hanging on to its star teams. All he's done is come up with two straight excellent recruiting classes to put the Owls on the verge of being a real, live MAC power. Turning 39 this summer, he might need one more head coaching gig at a mid-level BCS program, sort of like Brian Kelly going from Central Michigan to Cincinnati, before getting his shot at a big-time gig. However, considering where he played his college ball as a tight end ...
The Next Logical Step: Penn State assistant coach with the succession plan making him the head man when Joe Paterno retires in 2010

3. Troy Calhoun, Air Force
Remember when Air Force was just an also-ran of a football program? After going stale under Fisher DeBerry, it seemed like the time had come and gone when the Falcons could run their quirky offense and scare the heck out of everyone. Recruiting limitations appeared to have caught up to the program, as DeBerry pointed out so tastelessly, and then came Calhoun and his breakthrough 9-4 season. With his NFL background, the meteoric rise isn't going to end in Colorado Springs. An Air Force graduate, he'll be sure to stick around for a few more seasons, but you don't rise as quickly as he did without planning for something big coming just around the corner. He won't leave for an assistant NFL job at this point, and with a few more good seasons, he'll have his choice of decent BCS jobs.
The Next Logical Step: A mid-level ACC program, like Virginia

2. Todd Graham, Tulsa
The former defensive back started out as a hot defensive assistant, including two years at West Virginia, and now, strangely enough, his teams have struggled defensively and been unstoppable offensively. After one year at Rice, he bailed to take over the Tulsa job from Steve Kragthorpe, who left for Louisville, and helped the Golden Hurricane finish first in the nation in total offense. Fine, so offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and QB Paul Smith had a lot to do with that, but that doesn't mean Graham isn't growing into a hot name.
The Next Logical Step: West Virginia head coach in two years ... with Malzahn along for the ride

1. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU
There's a chance he might stick around Provo and not be off elsewhere, he's a true believer in the BYU program, but if he keeps up what he's been doing over the past few years, he might get an offer he can't refuse. He was all about restoring the pride to the program, and he's done that and then some going 28-10 with two straight 11-2, Mountain West-title seasons. A former Oregon State defensive back, would taking over for Mike Riley be a big enough move coming from BYU? Probably not, but for a coach who's fantastic at respecting traditions and making one-time powerhouses great again, he might be a natural for a name Pac 10 program like ...
The Next Logical Step: Washington head football coach

Five BCS Coaches Who Are About To Be Really, Really Big

5. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford
No offense to one of the nation's best and most beautiful universities, but if you're a relatively young head football coach (44), you don't stick around Stanford any longer than you have to. It's just too tough to be a consistent winner there. He cut his teeth at the University of San Diego leading the Toreros to two straight 11-1 seasons and a 29-6 record overall, and then he went off to The Farm where he went 4-8, but beat USC at USC. It seemed like he would've been a natural to take over for Lloyd Carr at Michigan, but he dogged the school's academic requirements when it came to football players and that ended that. There might be too much potential for controversy surrounding him for some schools, but not for a maverick football team. The guy can coach, so considering JaMarcus Russell needs a mentor ...
The Next Logical Step: Oakland Raiders head football coach

4. Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator, Texas
Think Bret Bielema with a track record. Don't get used to the new Texas defensive coordinator; he's just a rental. One of the hottest young names in coaching, Muschamp moved from Auburn to Austin to improve a defense that's been full of talent, but short on production, especially in the secondary. With a national title on his résumé as LSU's defensive coordinator in 2003, if he can be the difference maker for a talented Longhorn team looking to break Oklahoma's two season Big 12 title streak, he'll be off to someone's head coach unless Texas can come up with a succession plan.
The Next Logical Step: Tennessee head football coach

3. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati
Steve Kragthrorpe's hiring at Louisville made most of the Big East headlines, while Brian Kelly's move from Central Michigan to Cincinnati barely registered a blip. Who cared about the Bearcats when the Cardinals were coming off an Orange Bowl win? As it turns out, Kelly is a special offensive mind leading UC to a 10-3 record with an attack that averaged 36.31 points per game. Really, how many out there really thought Ben Mauk was going to be a dominant quarterback? Credit Kelly for that, and for taking Mark Dantonio's team to another level. Now, if he can keep the momentum going for another year or so, the bigger names will come calling. But first, he'll probably make Cincinnati the new Louisville.
The Next Logical Step: Penn State head football coach

2. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
After helping make the Ohio State defense rock and turning around Cincinnati, the former South Carolina Gamecock did the near impossible and took the flake out of Michigan State. He still has plenty of work to do, and he has to recruit well enough to get the Spartans over the hump and into Big Ten title contention, but if his first season was any indication, this will be a program to be feared. He has already established a nasty running game and a decent defense, and if he can take his team from 7-6 to, say, nine wins with a victory over Michigan, he'll quickly become a college football household name.
The Next Logical Step: Staying at Michigan State and making it a consistent power, but the South Carolina job could be interesting in a few years

1. Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College
A player's coach who can actually coach, Coach Jags has had a strong two seasons to put on the résumé as the Green Bay Packer offensive coordinator in 2006 before becoming the coach who helped cement Matt Ryan as a top NFL prospect in a tremendous 11-3 campaign. With his NFL experience, he might seem like a natural to bolt to the big league at the first possible opportunity, but he might take a cue from Pete Carroll and realize that his style of coaching might be better suited for the college ranks. If he can keep cranking out ten-win seasons, is Boston College going to be big enough for him? Considering he has five kids and might not want to move them, he'll probably want to stick around for a while. In a big market like Boston, and with the personality that TV will eat up, he can become a large college football presence in a big hurry.
The Next Logical Step: Boston College head football coach for the next ten years



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Boston Red
06-01-2008, 02:20 PM
Kragthorpe's team still managed to beat Kelly's in Cincinnati.

15fan
05-19-2009, 08:28 PM
It's never publicized, but Wake has tougher entry requirements than Stanford and Duke, which makes Grobe's job that much more amazing in my mind.

Thought I'd bump this thread from the dead.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/acc/0-6-86/Wake-Forest-graduates-to-new-level-in-recruiting.html

When Grobe was hired, we had an OU alum post on the Wake board that in time, we'd think that Grobe hung the sun, moon & stars.

I think that might be selling Jim Grobe short.