The Coach You Want To Take Over ... 61 to 75

Posted Apr 21, 2011

What coach would you want to run your program for the next five years and beyond? Who's on the hot seat? As part of the 2011 Spring Preview, CFN ranks all the coaches based on the future and not necessarily on how good they are right now. Here are the coaches No. 61 to 75.

2011 Spring Preview 
The Coaches You'd Want - 61-75

Here's the drill. You have to hire a head coach right now to lead your program for the next several years from among the 120 current coaches. Forget about what happened in the past and forget about legendary status - you wouldn't hire Joe Paterno to build a franchise - you want a guy who can be the head man for a long, long time. Okay, so maybe you just want a coach to win right away, but you need a guy who can go on the recruiting trail tomorrow, bring in the talent, and then be there to win with the players brought in. That's why age is a factor and why so many big names are down low.

This is NOT a list of the best head coaches in college football. This is a ranking of the coaches you'd want to lead the program for the next five years or more.

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- Top 15 | No. 16 - 30 | No. 31 - 45 | No. 46 - 60
- No. 61 - 75 | No. 76 - 90 | No. 91 - 105 | Bottom 15 
75. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
Career Record: 95-93-1

It's impossible to be consistently great at Wake Forest, and while he was able to pull off the impossible and win the ACC title in 2006, he hasn't been able to pull off similar miracles and things fell off the map last year going 3-9. He only has three winning seasons in the last nine years. While he does more with less than just about anyone, there's little margin for error if injuries strike like last year.
Hot Seat Status: Little. Even if the Demon Deacons keep losing, the school isn't going to want to eat a contract signed through 2016.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In 2015.

74. Larry Fedora, Southern Miss
Career Record: 22-17

His offenses have been fun and exciting, but the Conference USA titles haven't been flowing. The former Florida and Oklahoma State offensive coordinator is doing a good job, but considering Jeff Bower was unceremoniously shown the door after not doing quite enough, more is expected. He's doing a strong job of recruiting, and now three years in to his era the results have to start coming.
Hot Seat Status: Getting there. Two third place division finishes and a second isn't what USM is paying for, and while he's not going to get canned this year if he doesn't win the championship, he's due for a big year.
The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. Either he'll produce and he'll move on to a bigger gig, or he won't get the titles the school is hoping for and he'll be gone. At worst, he'll be a whale of an offensive coordinator somewhere.

73. Pat Hill, Fresno State
Career Record: 108-71

For all the bluster and for all the big things he has done over the years, the inability to pull off wins over Boise State and the inability to win the little games, while spending too much time worrying about the games against the BCSers, the bloom is off the rose. There was a time not all that long ago when he was one of the hottest head coaches in college football, but his mediocre 4-7 record in bowl games isn't great and the lone WAC title came over a decade ago.
Hot Seat Status: Warm. It's not that he isn't doing a poor job in any way, but the program has become a bit stale. If he can't pull off a WAC title this year in the weakened league – thanks to Boise State bolting early – and with a move to the Mountain West coming, it might be time for a change.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In three years. He's been phenomenal for the program and he succeeded in making it nationally relevant, but he's about to turn 60 and the program might be ready to try something different when it makes the big move to the Mountain West in 2012.

72. 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.

71. 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.

70. Mike Stoops, Arizona
Career Record: 40-45

The Fredo of the college football world, he hasn't been bad compared to most of the coaches in the history of Arizona football, but he hasn't gotten the program over the hump. With only one Pac-10 finish higher than fifth in his seven seasons, and with two eight-win campaigns, Stoops hasn't done enough to make the Wildcats a power. Just when it seemed like everything was turning, with a 7-1 start including a win over Iowa, Arizona finished up last year with a five-game losing streak including a brutal Alamo Bowl loss to Oklahoma State. Now, to quote the NBA, it's win or go home.
Hot Seat Status: No BCS league coach in America is on a hotter seat. He was able to hold on to his gig for another year, but there won't be a ninth season without a winning record and a bowl victory.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In 2012. Stoops is an elite coordinator and will be a phenomenal assistant if and when he's done, and he won't be able to do enough this year in the new Pac-12 South to hang on.

69. 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.

68. Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech
Career Record: 5-7

The sky's the limit for the young offensive guru who came from Texas Tech and is working to change around the Louisiana Tech attack. He's getting the right people in place to run his offense the right way, and very soon the yards should fly. Very young and very accomplished during his time as the Red Raider offensive coordinator, if he can make the Bulldogs into a dangerous offensive juggernaut he'll be one of the hot young coaching prospects for one of the bigger gigs.
Hot Seat Status: A little bit. He might have a good name and plenty of promise, but starting out 5-7 isn't a plus. Another losing season will get fans grumbling.
The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. He'll turn 42 during the season, and if this works the way it's supposed to, he'll take the Derek Dooley path and will jump ship to a big-time program the moment he gets the shot.

67. Joker Phillips, Kentucky
Career Record: 6-7

Rich Brooks came up with a few underappreciated miracles, but Phillips was one of the main reasons for the success as the UK offensive coordinator since 2004. Helped by a squishy-soft schedule, and a South Carolina collapse, he took the Wildcats to a bowl game in his first season and showed that the Brooks success might continue. Considering the nasty division UK is in, and the lack of talent compared to the top teams, everything will be fine as long as Phillips can get an extra game on a regular basis.
Hot Seat Status: Little. He's a bright, relatively young coach who has few expectations to deal with by SEC standards. He'll get a few years to see what he can do.
The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. Only 48, he'll either succeed and will go to a place he can win big on a regular basis, or the program will try to find someone who can make the basketball school more about football.

66. 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.

65. Derek Dooley, Tennessee
Career Record: 23-27

The problem is that he hasn't actually done anything. He has a great family name and he has the right attitude, but the two biggest things going for him are 1) he's not Lane Kiffin and 2) he's a Dooley. It's not like he was a superstar assistant before getting the Louisiana Tech head coaching job - he was never an offensive or defensive coordinator – and he went 17-20 before getting the Tennessee gig. He's young - turning 43 this summer - he came up with a strong recruiting class, and things are pointed in the right direction, but now it's time to see results.
Hot Seat Status: Little. Again, not being Kiffin buys him plenty of time. He doesn't have to start rocking until 2013.
The Coaching Change Will Come … 2015. He'll do just enough to get everyone fired up, and he'll have one great season, but South Carolina is rocking, Florida is about to be Florida again, and Georgia isn't going to be so mediocre for too much longer. It'll be hard for the Vols to get through the pack in the East.

64. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss
Career Record: 132-82

Nutt might be the perfect example for this piece. What would happen if you wanted a viable, good coach from one strong program to rebuild another good program over the next five years? It's not like Nutt left Arkansas as a disaster, going 18-8 in his final two seasons, but it was simply time to go another direction for all sides. For Nutt, that meant the Ole Miss job, and while he went 9-4 in his first two seasons to show that he could get a team from Point A to Point B, he failed to make that next jump and the Rebels were a mediocre 4-8 last year. Since 1998, when he took over at Arkansas, Nutt has only had three losing seasons, but he has only coached five teams that finished in the final top 20 and has never finished higher than 14.
Hot Seat Status: More than it might seem. Remember, Ole Miss gave David Cutcliffe the boot after a rebuilding year. If Mississippi State keeps improving, and if Nutt considered unable to get the Rebels over the hump, or with another bad season, there could be a change sooner than later.
The Coaching Change Will Come … 2013. The West is so, so, SO nasty, and Nutt's Rebel teams will be fine. Considering Ole Miss will pay close to $3 million for the right coach, fine isn't going to be good enough.

63. Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina
Career Record: 7-7

McNeill probably should've gotten a longer look at the Texas Tech job, after serving as the wildly popular defensive coordinator under Mike Leach, but he moved on to East Carolina where his offense was one of the most exciting in the nation in his first season. The problem was the Pirate D, one of the nation's worst, and while McNeill is a defensive coach, he has to prove he can make a big change in a big hurry.
Hot Seat Status: None. 2010 was going to be a rebuilding year no matter what, and even with all the problems on defense he came up with a good season.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In ten years. McNeill isn't going to be that hot a prospect unless he starts winning titles on a regular basis, and at 53 at the end of the year, and considering he went to ECU, this might be a destination.

62. 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.

61. Bobby Hauck, UNLV
Career Record: 82-28

The first year at UNLV wasn't so hot going 2-11, but he was starting from scratch. A D-IAA/FCS god, he made Montana a superpower going 80-17 with seven straight Big Sky titles and just one conference loss in four years. However, he was 0-3 in national title games. Even so, he did a phenomenal job on the field and likely would've been in the mix for a bigger job than UNLV if there weren't issues revolving around a slew of alleged assault incidents by Montana players.
Hot Seat Status: Little. He took over a tough situation at a program that no one can seem to turn into a winner. He'll get time.
The Coaching Change Will Come … Six years. Either he'll win and be off to a bigger program, or he'll struggle to come up with consistent winners and the program will want to go with a change of direction.

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