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2013 Coaching 5-Year Plan - No. 76 to 100
Posted Apr 9, 2013

You have to pick a coach to build your program for the next five years.

2013 Coaching Analysis

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- Part 1 - The Top 20 | Part 2 - 26-50
- Part 3 - 51-75 | Part 4 - 76-100
- Part 5 - The Bottom 26 

We did this two years ago. Take a guess how many of the 120 head coaches in 2011 aren't with their programs anymore? 57. Almost have of the coaches from just two years ago are gone, and it'll probably be close to that many two years from now. So with that in mind, which coaches would you want to bring in to build around?

It's simple: you have to hire a coach for your program with a five-year plan to build it up. Who'd be the best coach to take? No, this isn't a ranking of the best coaches in college football right now; this is a ranking of who'd be best to take over and be in for the relative long haul.

That's why age plays a huge factor - it's not a lock that a coach will still want to do this into his 70s - but it's mostly about who can get the job done. The younger, though, the better. 

  76. David Cutcliffe, Duke
Career Record: 65-69
Saddled with the impossible task of making Duke a winner, he got the team to six wins and a bowl game, but one big pass play against Cincinnati ruined the fun. Even so, he has done a terrific job of making the football program decent at a basketball school. While defense has been an issue, his offenses have been fun and exciting, proving to be an X factor in conference play. The Blue Devils might not be in the ACC title chase any time soon, but they’re playing better under Coach Cut’s tenure. 

77. David Baliff, Rice
Career Record: 51-59
Don’t get hung up on the losing record; he has managed to make Rice solid with a 7-6 2012 season complete with a strong enough bowl performance to think that more big things are ahead. It’s Rice, so there will be some 4-8 downers here and there, but every once in a while he’ll come up with a big season like the 10-3 campaign in 2008. 

78. Mack Brown, Texas
Career Record: 232-114-1
Turning 62 this summer, Brown still has the ability and potential to come up with a few more huge seasons – the 2013 team is loaded with talent and experience. However, the program has been running on its reputation over the last few years, and while Brown acknowledged it by worrying about its sense of entitlement, the results haven’t been there going 22-16 over the last three seasons. Texas lost 16 games from 2001 to 2009. Over that nine-year span before the slide, Texas finished with double digit wins and finished in the top 13 each season. 

79. Charlie Weis, Kansas
Career Record: 36-37
While the bloom fell off the rose as an offensive coordinator after struggling at Florida and not doing much in one year with the Kansas City Chiefs, he still got another shot in a slightly-stunning hire for Kansas last season. The program needed a shot in the arm, but is Weis really supposed to be it? The epic failures at Notre Dame – complete with losses to Navy and a horrendous 3-9 campaign in 2007 – will keep being brought up until he starts to win at Kansas. Going 1-11 with no wins over FBS teams wasn’t exactly the start Jayhawk fans were looking for. 

80. Doc Holliday, Marshall
Career Record: 17-20
The offense has been a whole bunch of fun, but the team isn’t winning. Considering Holliday was a linebacker and was known for being more of a defensive coach, it’s been the high-octane offense that’s been Marshall’s calling card during his tenure. A great recruiter at other stops, he’s a tireless worker who’s good at bringing in the talent. Now he has to start doing more with it. 

81. Bob Davie, New Mexico
Career Record: 39-34
While he still has to prove he can turn around New Mexico after a 4-9 first season, at the very least he restored the program’s dignity after the utterly disastrous Mike Locksley era. The former Notre Dame head coach and Texas A&M defensive coordinator is cranking up the running game and has the defense coming around. There’s a long way to go before the Lobos can become a factor in the Mountain West, but after over a decade off, Davis appears to be getting back in the swing of things in a hurry. 

82. Matt Wells, Utah State
Career Record: 0-0
A miserable football program before Gary Andersen took over, Utah State suddenly became strong and now has real, live expectations to live up to. Wells played a big part of it as the quarterback coach over the last few seasons and the offensive coordinator last year, helping to mold Chuckie Keeton into a star and getting the ground game going. Can he keep the defense playing at a high level? The spotlight is on. 

83. Todd Berry, ULM
Career Record: 46-79
How did this happen? Just okay at Illinois State, an utter disaster at Army, and lousy at ULM in his first two seasons, eight of his first ten seasons as a head coach weren’t just losers, they were miserable. And then, all of a sudden, ULM started to rock with a win over Arkansas and a few big close calls last season on the way to an 8-5 season and a bowl appearance. Now Berry’s career path is going up, and now he has gone from being a sure-thing fire to a potential candidate for low-level BCS teams.

84. Mike Riley, Oregon State
Career Record: 81-67
It’s been an interesting career with a stint with the San Diego Chargers and success in his first run at Oregon State, and now, after it looked like things were about to come to close after a 3-9 2011, he came up with a fantastic 9-4 campaign with a win over Wisconsin. It’s hard to get the top talents to Corvallis, and life is even harder with Oregon, Stanford and others doing so well in the North. Even with the limitations, he’s still a winner who has managed to do a lot with relatively little.

85. Steve Addazio, Boston College
Career Record: 13-11
If he can turn around Boston College, he’ll be much, much higher up on the list in the next few seasons. Almost the Florida head coach – at least for the short term – he ended up going to Temple in place of Al Golden and did a decent job in the MAC and struggled in the Big East. There’s still a prove it factor after going 4-7 in his second year as a head coach, but he’s a good offensive mind and a player’s coach with the upside to be the right guy at the right time for BC. 

86. Rod Carey, Northern Illinois
Career Record: 0-1
Can he be the next big-time Northern Illinois head coach? Jerry Kill got the Minnesota job, and Dave Doeren went to NC State, so if Carey can somehow get the Huskies back to the MAC title game and keep the momentum going, he’ll be off, too. The former center at Indiana is great at making offensive lines work, and now he’ll get his chance after getting his feet wet in the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.
Hot Seat Status: Toasty. At this point, anything less than a MAC championship will do in DeKalb. He has some massive shoes to fill.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within five years. Either this will work and he’ll be at the right age to take a step up, or he won’t be able to match the mammoth success of the past few seasons and the program will go in a different direction.

87. Carl Pelini, Florida Atlantic
Career Record: 3-9
The former Nebraska defensive coordinator gets to be a part of the big move from the Sun Belt up to Conference USA. The problem is the talent level – there isn’t one. Former head coach Howard Schnellenberger struggled during his later years with the program to bring in good prospects, and now Pelini has to try to do more with less. At just 47, he’ll have plenty of time and room to grow into the program. 

88. Matt Rhule, Temple
Career Record: 0-0
Most of his coaching experience came at Temple, and at just 38 he’ll get a chance to grow into the job. A good offensive coordinator and strong line coach, he should be able to get the Owls to pound away with the running game, but he’ll have to prove that he can coax wins out of a MAC team playing in the Big East. Steve Addazio couldn’t do that last season. 

89. Trent Miles, Georgia State
Career Record: 20-36
The longtime receiver coach at places like Green Bay, Notre Dame and Washington before taking over the Indiana State head coaching job, he managed to turn things around after starting out 1-22 in his first two seasons with three straight winning seasons. Easily one of the worst FCS teams in 2008 and 2009, ISU under Miles managed to be far more effective and far better on both sides of the ball. Only the second head coach at GSU, he has a chance to make this his program. 

90. Paul Haynes, Kent State
Career Record: 0-0
Can he be another Darrell Hazell? The former Kent State defensive back bounced around the assistant ranks spending time at Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State and Arkansas before coming home. Turning 44 years old this season, he’s at the right age to show what he can do. With his ties to several big schools, he’s on the radar after he gets his feet wet as a head man. 

91. Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina
Career Record: 19-19
Just when it seemed like he was on his way out, he came up with the season he needed to have with a share of the Conference USA East title and his second bowl appearance with the Pirates. His offenses haven’t taken off like they were supposed to and the defense wasn’t anything special last season, but with a 7-1 conference record and a good team returning, it’s there to take the next step and win championship. 

92. Curtis Johnson, Tulane
Career Record: 2-10
It was a bit of a curious hire at the time, getting the job after being a part of the coaching staff that made the New Orleans Saints’ offense rock, but he didn’t have any head coaching experience. He spent his career as an assistant, doing a great job with the Miami Hurricane receivers in the late 1990s, but his Green Wave attack didn’t blow up finishing 109th in the nation in total yards. 

93. June Jones, SMU
Career Record: 107-75
It’s not like he took over SMU 25 years ago, but he helped revitalize the program going from 1-11 in 2008 for four straight bowl appearances. While he hasn’t created another Hawaii in terms of the passing game, and his 2007 Warrior team came up with one of the biggest clunkers Sugar Bowl performances in the BCS era, he’s an elite post-season coach going 7-3 including a blasting of a good Fresno State team in last year’s Hawaii Bowl. SMU exactly what it paid for. 

94. Brian Polian, Nevada
Career Record: 0-0
How do you follow in the path of a Hall of Famer? Chris Ault not only had a legendary career his first time around, but he managed to come back and improve thanks to Colin Kaepernick and a sensational running game. Polian not only hasn’t been a head coach before; he hasn’t been a top assistant. His big claim to fame is as the son of former Buffalo Bill, Carolina Panther and Indianapolis Colt general manager, Bill. Turning 39 this season, Brian is a young prospect who’ll get a chance to grow into the gig. 

95 Scott Shafer, Syracuse
Career Record: 0-0
Call this a wait-and-see approach to what he can do. The former Stanford and Michigan defensive coordinator has never been a head coach, but he did a decent job with the Orange D over the last four years and now slides into the spot vacated by the offensive minded Doug Marrone. At 46, he’s due to get his chance at a big gig. 

96. Mike Leach, Washington State
Career Record: 87-52
Is he worth all the trouble? He didn’t leave Texas Tech under the best of circumstances, and he struggled in every way in his first year with Wazzu. There was controversy, big losses and a lack of consistent production as the team finished last in the Pac-12 North. The thing to remember is that for all the high-powered offensive wizardry, he hasn’t really won anything. The best he was able to do at Texas Tech is tie for the division title in 2008, and then managed to go on and lose the Cotton Bowl. Only 52, he has a long coaching life ahead of him. 

97. Dennis Franchione, Texas State
Career Record: 197-115-2
It’s been an interesting career. He was the head man at TCU before Gary Patterson took over took the program to another level. He was the Alabama head coach before he famously bolted for Texas A&M, where he was mediocre before getting the boot. Now he’s trying to make Texas State into a decent program with a good offense and nice potential. He’s not getting paid much at around $350,000 per year, but he has a shot to put his stamp on the program. 

98. Ron English, Eastern Michigan
Career Record: 10-38
Here’s the problem: it’s Eastern Michigan. It would be interesting to see what English could do at an easier place to win. The former Michigan and Louisville defensive coordinator was hot five years ago, and this was just supposed to be a cup of coffee stop before moving on to bigger things. A former defensive back at Cal, he wasn’t remotely in the mix when the job became open last year after going 2-10. The 6-6 2011 season was a bit of a mirage with a few wins over mediocre FCS teams. 

99. Paul Petrino, Idaho
Career Record: 0-0
Can Bobby’s brother be anywhere near as good? The former Illinois and Arkansas offensive coordinator knows how to get an offense moving, and he’s going to have some major work to do with an Idaho program that can’t seem to do anything right on a regular basis, especially defensively. This is his first head coaching job, and while it could be a stepping-stone if he has any success, he’ll get a while to try taking away some of the luster off of Boise State. 

100. P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan
Career Record: 0-0
The wunderkind is going to be just 33 this football season after a strong career at Northern Illinois, a cup of coffee with the San Francisco 49ers, and time as a receivers coach at both Rutgers and Tampa Bay. He’s considered a top offensive mind and a star-in-the-making, and now he’s going to get plenty of time to show what he can do with a good MAC program with the potential to be great. 
2013 5-Year Plan Coaching Rankings
- Part 1 - The Top 20 | Part 2 - 26-50
- Part 3 - 51-75 | Part 4 - 76-100
- Part 5 - The Bottom 26