2013 Coaching 5-Year Plan - The Bottom 26

Posted Apr 9, 2013

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

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The 5-Year Plan, Bottom 26

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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. 

 101. Terry Bowden, Akron
Career Record: 141-73-2
The first season didn't exactly go so well, especially considering he went 11-0 in his first year at Auburn and 11-2 at North Alabama, but it's going to take a little while. The offense worked and the team was better than 1-11 with no wins over anyone in the FBS, but he's got a lot to prove and a lot he'd like to show off as he tries to make one last run to a bigger job. At 57, time is running out on trying to get back in the BCS, but he's still an accomplished coach who should first to a decent job with the Zips. 

102. Ron Turner, FIU
Career Record: 41-61
Uhhhhhh, okay. While he has a long and interesting résumé, his time as a pro assistant was spotty and his college career wasn't exactly special with just two winning seasons in his eight years with Illinois. He hasn't been a head coach since 2004, fired after going 4-19 in his final two seasons. Even so, he has been around the block long enough to get a decent perspective; he'll bring plenty of experience. 

103. Tony Levine, Houston
Career Record: 6-7
The former Minnesota wide receiver knows offenses and passing games, but he was mostly a special teams coach throughout his career before taking over the Houston head coaching gig. While he was able to step in for Kevin Sumlin and destroy Penn State in the last bowl game the Nittany Lions will see for a long, long time, he started out the rebuilding job last season with a disappointing loss to Texas State on the way to a rough 5-7 season. 

104. Doug Martin, New Mexico State
Career Record: 29-53
The former Kent State head man and Kentucky quarterback is coming back to New Mexico State, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2011. It's a rough job as the program had to deal with life without a conference for this year and is trying to keep things going after a rough stretch from DeWayne Walker. While he struggled with the Golden Flashes with no winning seasons and just one 6-6 campaign in his seven years, he was able to keep them from going into the tank with two straight 5-7 seasons before getting canned. 

105. Joey Jones, South Alabama
Career Record: 25-14
The former Alabama wide receiver has worked his way around the lower ranks of the coaching world, starting out as a high school head man for several years up until 2005, and then he got his shot at Birmingham-Southern, going 3-7 before the program was disbanded. However, he was able to latch on two years later at USA and has quickly become fantastic starting out 17-0 in his first two seasons before a 6-4 2011 and struggles going 2-10 in the program's first season at the FBS level. 

106. Don Treadwell, Miami University
Career Record: 8-16
The former RedHawk wide receiver is trying to make the program a consistent factor in the MAC, and he might not be far off. The former offensive coordinator under Mark Dantonio at both Cincinnati and Michigan State gets the attack rolling with the midrange passing game, but it's not doing anything for the running game and his offensive lines have struggled during two straight 4-8 seasons. Turning 54 in June, this is a make-or-break season for him. 

107. Sonny Dykes, California
Career Record: 22-15
Offense, good. Defense, bad. While he managed to win a WAC title at Louisiana Tech in 2011, his team couldn't get by Utah State and San Jose State in a better 2012, even if the team finished third and didn't go bowling. He has yet to prove himself at a high level and hasn't come up with nearly enough big wins, but still, Cal thought enough of him as a prospect to make him the new head man to try to hang punch-for-punch with the top Pac-12 offenses. 44 this year, this is the step-up job he's been ready for. 

108. Rocky Long, San Diego State
Career Record: 82-78
The second act is going well. The long time New Mexico head coach never could take the program to another level, doing a good job but not coming up with a Mountain West title. After being let go after a 4-8 clunker – just a year after doing his best job going 9-4 – he took over as Brady Hoke's defensive coordinator at San Diego State and stepped up when the opening was there. With two straight winning seasons and a share of the 2012 Mountain West title, he's proving just that his system and style works. 

109. Charley Molnar, Massachusetts
Career Record: 1-11
The former Notre Dame offensive coordinator was a career assistant who bounced around before finally getting a shot to show what he could do taking over a program of his own. It's going to be a massive job to make UMass any sort of a factor on the FBS level, but unlike most in the MAC, it's a big state school with a world of upside – there's a bit of a sleeping giant factor here. He's known for cranking up high octane offenses, but it's going to be a process. 

110. Dan Enos, Central Michigan
Career Record: 13-24
He was dealt a nasty hand. Central Michigan had turned into a MAC superpower under Brian Kelly and Butch Jones, but the program needed a massive rebuilding job. The quarterback and running back coach at Michigan State, and the former Spartan quarterback, is turning 45 this summer and is starting to show something positive with a 7-6 2012 season and a bowl win. However, the great record was helped by a ridiculously easy second half schedule. 

111. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
Career Record: 43-44
The former Florida State quarterback hasn't been able to parlay his mild success into a bigger job. His Blue Raiders won a share of the Sun Belt title in his first season in 2006, and while they've been on the preseason radar to get the job done year after year, they haven't been able to get above second. However, ha has had three good seasons in the last four and is coming off an 8-4 2012. 

112. Jeff Quinn, Buffalo
Career Record: 9-27
An offensive coach by nature, serving as the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati before taking over the Bulls, it's been his defenses that have starred over the last few seasons. There have been just enough top talents coming in to think a turnaround is coming, but it hasn't happened yet. While the progress has been going up going from two to three to four wins, the losing seasons are mounting. 

113. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
Career Record: 73-74
Grobe has done a phenomenal job at a school that's next to impossible to win at. There's no big tradition, the school doesn't have a large student body and you have to actually be smart to get in. The 2006 ACC title seems like a long time ago, but he has still been able to keep the team more than just competitive through the years with four bowl appearances in the last seven seasons and only one true disaster going 3-9 in 2010. At 61 he still has several good years left, but he's not exactly at the age to gear it up at another program for the long haul. 

114. Bobby Hauck, UNLV
Career Record: 86-49
UNLV is nearly impossible to turn around. Other talented coaches have tried and failed, and Hauck is fighting the good fight, but the program is constantly in a rebuilding mode. After winning seven straight Big Sky titles and going 80-17 in an amazing run at Montana, despite leaving with some controversy, he appeared to be the right guy at the right time. However, going 6-32 with three straight two-win seasons isn't what anyone had in mind. He's still a great coaching prospect, but he's not having any luck. 

115. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Career Record: 216-102-2
Age, age, age. Five years ago he's at the top of this list. There's no questioning his legendary status, but he'll turn 67 during the football season and is coming off his worse season since going 2-8-1 in 1992. However, when 7-6 with a bowl win is considered a slip, you're doing something right. Beamer won ten games or more in eight straight seasons with four ACC titles before last season – 2012 was an aberration. 

116. George O'Leary, UCF
Career Record: 112-88
It's a shame that he never got a chance to show what he could do at Notre Dame �� the résumé fiasco now seems embarrassingly tame compared to some of the other scandals the school has dealt with under the current regime – but he carved out an extremely nice live at UCF. There are worse places to work than Orlando, and while the consistency hasn't been there, he has managed to win four division titles and two conference championships in the eight seasons since going 0-11 in his inaugural campaign. 

117. Tim Beckman, Illinois
Career Record: 23-26
How bad do you have to be to make people miss Ron Zook? A mild success at Toledo, Beckman took over the Illinois job and promptly found ways to not make it work right from the start. The 2012 team had enough talent to go bowling, but instead, nothing worked. The rumor was that he'd be out if Dave Doeren wanted in, but the former Northern Illinois coach took the NC State job and now there's one chance and one year to make something happen. 

118. Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut
Career Record: 151-90-1
He wasn't nearly as bad as he was made out to be at Syracuse winning 65% of his games with a few BCS appearances and just one losing season in his 14 years. However, he was out of the head coaching game for close to seven years and hasn't been able to build on Randy Edsall's success going 5-7 in each of the last two seasons. While he's a whale of a defensive coach, his offenses can't get going. 

119. Larry Blakeney, Troy
Career Record: 168-99-1
The former Auburn quarterback and longtime assistant has been special at Troy with 15 winning seasons and five straight Sun Belt titles helped by one of the most exciting offenses in college football. However, the problems on defense have caught up to the program going 3-9 in 2911 and 5-7 last year. The offense is still fun, but the wins aren't coming after so many successful seasons. 66 this season, he might be a fixture for the program, but the transition is coming. 

120. Dan McCarney, North Texas
Career Record: 65-100
He hasn't been bad during his second head coaching stint, doing a decent job with a rebuilding North Texas program going 9-15 and helping to usher the big move up into Conference USA. He did wonders with Iowa State, getting canned just one year after winning seven games or more in five of his previous six years. A premier defensive line coach, he knows how to get a defense working. 

121. Rich Ellerson, Army
Career Record: 77-72
It isn't quite working out. After dong wonders at Cal Poly and doing a great job as the Arizona defensive coordinator, he hasn't been able to turn Army into the new Navy. After winning three Great West titles in five years, he took over the Black Knights and in two years got to a bowl game with a win. But he followed it up by going 5-19 over the last two seasons. The offense hasn't been consistent and the defense hasn't shown up like it's needed to. 

122. Larry Coker, UTSA
Career Record: 72-25
Fun stat: how many current head coaches have won a an FBS national title? Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Mack Brown, Bob Stoops and Larry Coker. The head man for the epic 2001 Miami season and with 53 wins in five years – including a three-season 35-3 run as a Big East program – he had his moments. After being out of the game for a few seasons, he's building the UTSA football team from the ground up.
Hot Seat Status: Zero. This is his program and he's not going anywhere after an 8-4 season – even if most of the wins came against the weak and the sad.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within a few seasons. Turning 65 this year, he might be the one who's creating the Roadrunner program from scratch, but the next head man will be the one to eventually make it rock and roll.

123. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Career Record: 208-77-2
Age is the only thing keeping him down the list. While he'll always be known for what he did at Florida, a reasonable argument could be made that he's doing some of his best work with the Gamecocks. Remember, even with a nice few years under Lou Holtz, and a little bit of success here and there, South Carolina had no real history of success and little consistency. Spurrier has not only won, he has been able to bring in the top-shelf talents to keep the program just on the national title fringe. Still one of football's premier ball coaches, he'd be near the top of the list of guys you'd want in a one game shot. 

124. Frank Solich, Ohio
Career Record: 117-63
The second act has worked out extremely well. He wasn't nearly as bad at Nebraska as everyone made it seem at the time – there was too much freaking out over going 7-7 the year after getting blasted by Miami in the national championship – and he has been fantastic at Ohio. The Bobcats have become the East's most consistent power with three titles, and while there haven't been any MAC championships, five bowl appearances in eight years and four straight trips into the post-season have been terrific. 

125. Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Career Record: 170-85-1
74. That's how old he's going to be this football season, and while he came up with one of his best teams in his phenomenal career, he's not the coach you'd want to rebuild around for the next five years. However, in the all-time ranking of coaches you'd want to take over a woebegone football program, the 1990 version would be in the team photo, if not No. 1. Winning 11 games in six of seven seasons from 1997 to 2003, he created a power, and being able to come back and restore the glory with a brilliant second act only confirmed his legendary status. 

126. Norm Chow, Hawaii
Career Record: 3-9
A legendary offensive coordinator at BYU, NC State and USC, doing wonders with some of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history, his magic hasn't exactly continued lately. He was expected to become a major force behind UCLA's resurgence under Rick Neuheisel – it didn't happen. He was supposed to help out the Utah offense in 2011 – it didn't happen. He was supposed to come to his hometown of Honolulu and make the offense rock – it hasn't happened. He'll get time to try making it work, but at the very least, the offense has to start to work. 

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