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51 most intriguing names in this season's coaching carousel


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By Bruce Feldman

Nov 22, 2015 at 8:32p ET

25. Willie Taggart, South Florida: Six weeks ago, his seat was scorching, but since then his young team has gone on a rampage going from 1-3 to 7-4 and thumping Temple and Cincy in consecutive weeks. Taggart, a Jim Harbaugh protégé so much that you’d think he was the third Harbaugh brother, had 2-10 seasons in both his first year at WKU and USF before getting it going. He grew up near USF, and that’s a plus for the Bulls, but suddenly his name is getting hot again — not his seat. 

http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/lsu-tigers-miles-texas-longhorns-strong-houston-herman-florida-st-fisher-coaching-carousel-112215

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What a difference 2 months makes! It is amazing how someone can go from having no clue what he is doing to a hot commodity in such short time. He must have ordered Rosetta Stone: Coaching Edition. 

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What a difference 2 months makes! It is amazing how someone can go from having no clue what he is doing to a hot commodity in such short time. He must have ordered Rosetta Stone: Coaching Edition. 

perhaps he knew all along it was just that the players are young and needed experience.

 

 

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perhaps he knew all along it was just that the players are young and needed experience.

 

 

I hope my sarcasm came across in my post. I have been supportive of CWT from day 1. 

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Not sure that article is accurate. Some of those names appear to be out of order, but it's nice to that we are getting attention. I just hope we can hold on to our coaches for a couple more seasons.

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34. Jim Leavitt, Colorado DC: He had a lot of success at USF where he built the program before being fired for allegedly mistreatment of players. The 58-year-old resurfaced as an NFL assistant before coming to CU as a DC. He might have a shot at K-State, where he worked for five years under Snyder. He also has some support at UCF to get him a shot there.

 

 

 

 

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Jim would turn around UCF in a matter of 2-3 years...  I hope they pass!!

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Other names of interest:

2. Tom Herman, Houston: His Cougars stumbled against UConn and fell from the unbeaten ranks to 10-1 as Herman finally lost when forced to play a backup QB. Still, he’s the hottest name in college coaching, and is in play at South Carolina and possibly even bigger jobs even after UH stepped up to boost his salary to $3 million per last week.

4. Justin Fuente, Memphis: The Tigers lost again this weekend (to Temple) and dropped to 8-3. However, that doesn’t take away from the fantastic job he’s done with what had been a dismal program. Va. Tech looks like a good option, but we’ll see what other big dominoes fall.

16. Geoff Collins, Florida DC: One of the better DCs in college football, Collins has turned a very good D (330 total yards per game last year) into an even better one (282). His ability to relate to players is also a big plus in recruiting. Before becoming a DC, he was director of player personnel at both Georgia Tech and Alabama and three years after he had those titles, those programs won championships — the Tide won the 2013 BCS title, Ga. Tech won the 2009 ACC title — and after his time as the Knights recruiting coordinator, UCF won the 2013 Conference USA title and the Fiesta Bowl. He’s a strong candidate for the UCF vacancy.

19. Matt Rhule, Temple: The Owls have made excellent strides under Rhule. They're 9-2 and impress rival coaches with how hard they play, how physical the team is and just how well-coached they are. With Maryland, possibly Virginia and Mizzou open, Rhule will likely have some solid options.

34. Jim Leavitt, Colorado DC: He had a lot of success at USF where he built the program before being fired for allegedly mistreatment of players. The 58-year-old resurfaced as an NFL assistant before coming to CU as a DC. He might have a shot at K-State, where he worked for five years under Snyder. He also has some support at UCF to get him a shot there.

35. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy: One of the most underrated coaches in FBS, his team is having its best season in years at 9-1. The style of offense he runs is potent, but it can be a tough sell for many Power 5 programs although Iowa State might be tempted. 

43. Eddie Gran, Cincinnati OC: One of the country’s top recruiters, Gran has done a nice job with the Bearcats offense, which is No. 4 in the nation despite having had to rely on its backup QB for a big chunk of time. Gran’s recruiting prowess in Florida is why he’s regarded as a viable option for UCF.

 

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