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Spring 2011 - Ranking The MAC Coaches
Toledo head coach Tim Beckman
Toledo head coach Tim Beckman
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 21, 2011


What coach would you want to run your program? Who's on the hot seat? As part of the 2011 Spring Preview, CFN ranks all the MAC coaches based on the future and not necessarily on how good they are right now.


2011 Spring Preview - No. 13
 
Ranking the MAC Coaches
 

Here's the drill. You have to hire a head coach right now to lead your program for the next several years; whom would you choose? Forget about what happened in the past and forget about legendary status - you wouldn't hire Joe Paterno to build the franchise - you want a guy who can be the head man for a long, long time.

2011 Spring Preview  

- No. 20 Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 1-10) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 11-20) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 21-30) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 31-40) 
- Top 50 Non-Conference Games (No. 41-50)  

- No. 19 - Is a smaller Big 12 better? 
- No. 18 - Who doesn't want to be Independent?  
- No. 17 - Should the SEC champ play in the BCS Champ?  

- No. 16 Top 50 Conf. Games (No. 1-10) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 11-20) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 21-30) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 31-40) 
- Top 50 Conference Games (No. 41-50)  

- No. 15 The Preseason Polls Will Probably Be ...

Schedules and Too-Early Spring Picks
ACC | Big East
Big Ten | Big 12
C-USA | Ind | MAC   
Mountain West | Pac-12
SEC | Sun Belt | WAC 
Age is a factor, recruiting talent helps and the ability to do big things with mediocre talent doesn't hurt. So with that in mind, this isn't a ranking of the best coaches in the MAC; this is a ranking of the coaches you'd want to lead the program for the next five years or more.

RANKING THE COACHES YOU'D WANT TO BUILD YOUR PROGRAM
- ACC Coaches | Big East Coaches | Big Ten Coaches
- Big 12 Coaches | C-USA Coaches | Ind Coaches
- MAC Coaches | M-West Coaches | Pac-12 Coaches
- SEC Coaches | Sun Belt Coaches | WAC Coaches

- Top 15 | No. 16 - 30 | No. 31 - 45 | No. 46 - 60
- No. 61 - 75 | No. 76 - 90 | No. 91 - 105 | Bottom 15 
 
1. Tim Beckman, Toledo
Career Record: 13-11

Known as a good defensive coordinator who did a solid job at Oklahoma State, he might turn out to be a far better head coach. His Rockets struggled at times with their consistency last year, but he was able to go 7-1 in MAC play despite a slew of issues including quarterback injuries. He has the look of the next strong head coach to come from the MAC.
Hot Seat Status: Little. Toledo might be the MAC’s best team this year and he’s expected to come up with a huge season. The talent level is as high as any in the conference. The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. He’s just young enough and upwardly mobile enough to get a few mid-range offers soon. He might not be ready for the big-time, but he’ll get a long look at a next-step job.

2. Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois
Career Record: 0-0

The tremendous defensive coordinator for Wisconsin over the last few years has the talent and the drive to be a high riser. He was in the mix for other, bigger jobs, but NIU is a great stepping-stone gig. In a situation where he can win right away, he’ll make the Huskies the MAC version of Wisconsin by keeping the great running game and getting even more aggressive on offense.
Hot Seat Status: Warm. Jerry Kill did a tremendous job making NIU the best team in the MAC – even without a title last year – and Doeren can’t let things drop off the map. The Coaching Change Will Come … Fast. Doeren probably should’ve been the Indiana head coach and he’ll be gone to next-step job as soon as humanly possible.

3. Dave Clawson, Bowling Green
Career Record: 67-65

After doing a fantastic job at Richmond winning Coach of the Year honors twice, he’s looking to be consistent at Bowling Green. His running game is the worst in America and the defense hasn’t stopped anyone, but 2010 was a rebuilding season and the passing attack should be among the most dangerous in the MAC. The groundwork is being set for big things.
Hot Seat Status: Warming. Bowling Green has reasonably high expectations by MAC standards, and another 2-10 season, even if the program is being built up, won’t go over well.
The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. He’ll turn 44 in August, and if his offense sets passing records like it did two years ago, he’ll make a step up in status. 

4. Pete Lembo, Ball State
Career Record: 79-36

A star at Lehigh, going 44-14, and decent at Elon, Lembo is a tough-nosed coach who earned his stripes at a lower level. Now he’s ready to step in at Ball State with a great attitude, plenty of energy, and the résumé, winning the Eddie Robinson Award in 2001 with Lehigh, there’s a though that he could be the next Brady Hoke. He’ll know what he’s doing from Day One.
Hot Seat Status: Zero. As long as he does a little bit more than Stan Parrish did, Lembo will get a few years to try to build the program. The Coaching Change Will Come … Soon. He’s a really, really good prospect. He really might be another Hoke and only 40, he might be looking to make the jump as soon as possible.

5. Steve Addazio, Temple
Career Record: 0-0

There was a time when Addazio was going to get the keys to the Rolls Royce. When Urban Meyer quit Florida the first time, Addazio, the offensive coordinator, was expected to get a long look in an interim role, but Meyer came back, the offense stunk, and the bloom was off the rose. About to turn 52 and with Charlie Weis the new Gator offensive coordinator, Addazio needed a gig.
Hot Seat Status: Warm. Remember, Al Golden, for all the great things he did, didn’t actually win anything. Even so, the program is different now, and Addazio can’t start out losing. The Coaching Change Will Come … Fast. Addazio is used to the big-time, and he’ll either bolt the second he gets the chance, or he won’t get the job done in the next three years and Temple will go after another Golden type.

6. Darrell Hazell, Kent State
Career Record: 0-0

Hazell knows Ohio as a key assistant for Ohio State since 2004, and he’s a strong enough offensive coach to be ready to take over and shine. The Golden Flashes haven’t shown much golden flash on offense, and that’s where Hazell comes in after working with the offense as an assistant head coach for the Buckeyes.
Hot Seat Status: Little. Doug Martin did a great job coming up with one of the nation’s most aggressive defenses and one of the best run stopping units in the MAC, but Hazell needs to start winning right away. The Coaching Change Will Come … More than five years. Hazell, like all MAC coaches, might be interested in moving up quickly, but it’ll be hard to do big things with Kent State to show he’s ready for a top-flight job. He should be a conference regular for a while.


7. Bill Cubit, Western Michigan
Career Record: 74-51-1
Turning 58 in October, he still has several good years left in him. A solid MAC coach for the last six years, he hasn’t been able to lead the way to the conference title and he’s 0-2 in bowl games, but his teams are always competitive. The MAC coach of the year in 2005 has a whale of a team returning in 2011 and should have his best season yet.
Hot Seat Status: A little warm. He hasn’t won a bowl game and hasn’t gotten the Broncos to the MAC title game. He has two second place West finishes and three thirds, but the program might be interested in trying to go younger if Cubit can’t produce a winner. The Coaching Change Will Come … 2017. He has another several years left in him, but can WMU be consistent enough and can it get a conference title? With only one winning season in the last four years, this might be a make-or-break season. His team will come through.

8. Don Treadwell, Miami University
Career Record: 0-0

Hayes, Parseghian, Schembechler, Blaik … Treadwell. The former Michigan State offensive coordinator knows the program, having been a receiver at MU in the in the late 1970s, and now he’ll try to be the next star for the “Cradle of Coaches.” He is more than ready to get his chance, getting time in an interim role last year at MSU when Mark Dantonio suffered his heart attack, and he has a strong team returning with a chance to win big right away. If nothing else, his offense will be effectively balanced.
Hot Seat Status: Warm. Considering the RedHawks won the MAC title game, a losing season would be a disaster. He doesn’t have to win the championship, but his team has to be in the hunt. The Coaching Change Will Come … Soon. Turning 52 this summer, if he has any designs on pulling a Mike Haywood and getting a bigger job he’ll have to bolt at the first opportunity. While he’s at his alma mater and wouldn’t be too upset if he stuck around for a long time, it’ll be tough to turn down a BCS job.

9. Dan Enos, Central Michigan
Career Record: 3-9

The former Michigan State quarterback was handed a fat load of jack squat when he took over the MAC powerhouse. Most of the top players were gone, including Dan LeFevour, and he had to do a major rebuilding job. The quarterback coach at MSU has a nice pupil to build around in Ryan Radcliff, but he has to get the offense going and has to start winning close games after losing five by a touchdown or less.
Hot Seat Status: Toasty. Central Michigan isn’t Michigan when it comes to high expectations, but after winning MAC titles on a regular basis, more 3-9 seasons won’t sit well. The Coaching Change Will Come … In five years. Either CMU will try to find another Butch Jones/Brian Kelly who can win titles, or Enos will turn out to be good and he’ll move on to a mid-level job.

10. Jeff Quinn, Buffalo
Career Record: 3-11

Quinn won the 2006 Motor City Bowl when Brian Kelly took off for Cincinnati, and then soon followed to be the Bearcat offensive coordinator. He got the chance to take over for Turner Gill and then … pfffft. The Bulls were a disaster last year, and considering Quinn’s talent at cranking out good offenses, finishing dead last in America in scoring and dead last in passing efficiency isn’t a positive. Now the pressure will be on to show he can produce.
Hot Seat Status: Warm. It’s Buffalo, so the expectations are very, very low. He can suffer another bad season, but he’ll stick around as long as there’s a little bit of improvement in the near future. The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. He really is a good coaching prospect, but the MAC Championship under Gill was a perfect storm; the program is one of the toughest in America to produce a consistent winner.

11. Ron English, Eastern Michigan
Career Record: 2-22

A terrific defensive coordinator at Michigan and Louisville, English appeared to be ready to get his own program when he took over Eastern Michigan in 2009. He might actually be a good head coach, but EMU is one of the toughest situations in college football and nothing has gone right over the last few years. Only 43 in May, there’s still time to turn his career, and maybe even EMU, around.
Hot Seat Status: Blazing. Not winning is bad enough, but English is supposed to be great at putting together defenses, and EMU was 113th in the nation in yards allowed, 118th in scoring D, 118th in sacks, and 119th in pass efficiency D. The Coaching Change Will Come … In 2012. EMU simply doesn’t have the horses to come up with the year needed to think that things are on the right track. English will get a good assistant’s job right away.

12. Rob Ianello, Akron
Career Record: 1-11

A long-time assistant at a high level, he did enough as the tight ends coach at Wisconsin to become a key part of the Charlie Weis staff at Notre Dame. The interim head coach after Weis was canned, he never got a chance to be the head man. Snapped up by Akron, he was supposed make the Zip offense shine right away. Instead, Akron was one of the nation’s most miserable teams.
Hot Seat Status: Red hot, even after one year. You lose to Gardner-Webb; you’re on a hot seat. The team was so bad that another horrendous year would give him just one more shot. The team has got to be better after finished among the nation’s worst teams in almost every major category. The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. He’ll get his chances to turn things around, and it’s not fair to judge a MAC team on just one year – remember, Miami was miserable in 2009 – but he’s got a lot of work to do to merely get the program to average.

13. Frank Solich, Ohio
Career Record: 98-55

Unceremoniously dumped by Nebraska despite getting the program to the national title game, he has carved out a nice second act at Ohio winning 40 games and making the Bobcats a regular in the MAC title game. He hasn’t won a conference championship and his teams aren’t exactly thrilling, but they’re steadily good. The only reason he’s this low on the lists is because of his age.
Hot Seat Status: Outside of an off-the-field issue with a DUI in 2005, there haven’t been any problems. With two East titles and a second place finish in six years, and three bowl appearances, his job is safe. The Coaching Change Will Come … 2013. Turning 67 when the season starts, he won’t want to stick around too much longer. His contract runs out in 2013.

RANKING THE COACHES YOU'D WANT TO BUILD YOUR PROGRAM
- ACC Coaches | Big East Coaches | Big Ten Coaches
- Big 12 Coaches | C-USA Coaches | Ind Coaches
- MAC Coaches | M-West Coaches | Pac-12 Coaches
- SEC Coaches | Sun Belt Coaches | WAC Coaches

- Top 15 | No. 16 - 30 | No. 31 - 45 | No. 46 - 60
- No. 61 - 75 | No. 76 - 90 | No. 91 - 105 | Bottom 15