It’s getting to that point in the season where coaches are starting to lose their jobs, and young head coaches are coaxed into leaving their current gigs for a big pay raise. Here is the list of the top 10 coaches who could be taking their talents elsewhere next season.
1. Charlie Strong, Louisville : Charlie Strong has been at Louisville for 3 years, and has a record of 23-13, has a record of 9-1 in 2012, and his Cardinals are ranked No. 20 in the BCS. Strong also served as Urban Meyer’s defensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer during the Gators two National Championship runs. Strong is an Arkansas native, and The Razorbacks are going to be looking for a new head coach, and Strong should be first on their short list of hires.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn.
2. Todd Berry, Louisiana Monroe: Berry has pulled off wins over SEC talent in his career. Nick Saban and Alabama were his first victims, and Arkansas joined that list this season. Berry has not finished over .500 yet, but has pulled off wins over BCS conference schools in every season he has been at Louisiana Monroe. He may not be on anyone’s shortlist, but could find himself at a different school in 2013.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Tennessee, Louisville.
3. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: Like Strong, Mullen was also won BCS Titles at Florida with Urban Meyer as the Gator’s offensive coordinator. The Bulldogs are 8-3, and have only lost to ranked SEC opponents. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll. If they pull of a win Saturday against Mississippi, they will finish with 9 wins and a possible major bowl bid.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Texas, Tennessee, Auburn.
4. Art Briles, Baylor: Briles has turned Baylor into a Big 12 contender consistently, and produced the first Heisman Trophy winner in school history. Without Robert Griffin III, Briles and Baylor are 5-5 this season. The Bears still have a chance to make a bowl game and finish with 7 wins. Briles has been counting on a first year starter in senior quarterback Nick Florence to lead the Bears. The offense has not been a problem though. Baylor has the No. 5 ranked scoring offense in the country. The defense, however, ranks 117th in the nation. Briles will be on most schools short lists, and he should be.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Tennessee, Auburn, TEXAS (If Mack Brown retires)
5. Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech: Dykes has Louisiana at 9-2 on the season, and were ranked in the top 25 before losing to Utah State on Saturday . The Bulldogs have the #1 ranked scoring offense in the country, but like Baylor their defense has been the main issue. The Bulldogs have the 113th ranked defense in the country. Dykes is 22-13 at Louisiana Tech, and is a threat to win 10 games each season.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Boston College, Kentucky, Colorado, Tennessee.
6. Gary Anderson, Utah State: Gary Anderson is about lead Utah State to it’s first 10 win season in school history. Credit that to his star quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who might be the most underrated player in the nation. The Sophomore quarterback has thrown for 3,011 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. He has added 527 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Anderson has a complete team, and his squad boasts the No. 8 ranked defense in the country.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Louisville, Boston College, BAYLOR (If Art Briles leaves)
7. Darrell Hazel, Kent State: Kent State is 10-1, and their only loss is to SEC member Kentucky. Kent State has defeated BCS Top 25 Rutgers, up next is a very formidable opponent in Ohio and Frank Solich. None of Kent State’s stats really stand out, all they do is win. Hazel is a former Ohio State assistant under Jim Tressell, and it shows. His Golden Eagles stand as the No. 11 rushing team in the country.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Colorado, Purdue, BAYLOR (If Art Briles Leaves)
8. Gary Patterson, TCU: Patterson is so low on this list because I am not so sure he leaves TCU. Patterson is one of the winning-est coaches in the country. He has been at TCU for 11 years and has a .772 winning percentage. He really is the symbol of TCU football. It will take a big job opening, and a lot of money from him to leave TCU, but if Mack Brown leaves Texas, Patterson would be one of the first people contacted.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Texas.
9. Butch Jones, Cincinnati: Jones would be the second straight Cincinnati coach to land a big time job if he gets the call. His Bearcats have 7 wins, with two very winnable games left on the schedule. Two of the three losses Cincinnati three losses have suffered have come against ranked opponents in Louisville, and Rutgers. The other loss came to unranked 8-3 Toledo team. Cincinnati has the 15th ranked defense in the country, and is averaging 31.4 points per game.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Boston College, Baylor, Kentucky.
10. Mike MacIntyre , San Jose State: San Jose State is one of three 9 win teams in the WAC. They pulled off a win over BYU on Saturday, and in the first week they played well enough to hold Stanford to a 3 point win 0n the road. Maclntyre has No. 23 ranked defense in the country, and the No. 35 ranked scoring offense. He may not get any serious looks at the end of this season because he has a 21-14 record at his current school, but he is building something special out West. Maclntyre was the Defensive Coordinator at Duke under David Cutcliffe. His east coast roots could land him at Boston College if the Eagles come looking.
POSSIBLE JOBS: Boston College, Colorado.
By Jimmie Allen
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