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College Football Preview 2008 : 10 Best Coaches in College Football Today

Anticipation getting the better of 'ya right now?  Me as well.  (Nice grammar, eh?).

Either way, the College Football season kickoff is a mere 9 days away.  Only a weekend and some change.

To stir the pot before the season starts, I'll partake in a list of my most respected coaches in all the land of College Football.  Question my list, differ amongst yourselves, even get angry if you want, here it is:

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9.  Jim Leavitt:  South Florida:  Consider this.  South Florida did not have a football program in 1996.  In 1997 they ushered in football with their still reigning head coach, Jim Leavitt.  After 4 seasons as a Division I-AA also-ran, the Bulls became a Divsion I-A football team.

From a start up program in 1997 till now, Mr. Leavitt owns a 79-47 record.  That is absolutely unbelievable for a program that was not even playing football in 1996.  Now entering his 12th season as head coach of the Bulls, Mr. Leavitt is staring at a team that has some serious considerations of contending for the National Title.  That is almost sarcastic in that fact that in-state schools, and former powers Florida State and Miami don't quite have those kinds of hopes.  Since joining the Big East, the Bulls own a 24-14 record.  They were supposed to fold under the immense pressure of playing in a BCS conference.  Quite simply, they haven't.  Not only have they not 'folded', they are in place to make a serious run at being conference champions, and yes, even National Champions.  I almost feel ashmamed at ranking this incredible story and coaching job so low.  In a few years, this guy may well rank as #1.  Time will tell. 

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And an interesting comment from SunDevil75: "I have loved the South Florida story (and Leavitt) for the past couple of years."

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The next few seasons will be very telling for Leavitt.

If we don't win the BE in the next three seasons he will be known as a builder.  A guy who can build a team that can contend to a BCS conference championship, but not quite win it.  In three years Leavitt should have the 1st or 2nd most talented team in the BEast.  He's doing very well for having the 4th, 5th, or 6th the last few years, but it's going to be an interesting couple of years.

Go Bulls!

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Sheet. Does this mean smazza is wrong about CJL??????

FLAME ON!  ;) :-*

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Sheet. Does this mean smazza is wrong about CJL??????

FLAME ON!  ;) :-*

Smazza is neither right or wrong yet.  Even the article says:

In a few years, this guy may well rank as #1.  Time will tell. 

Jim has all of the pieces coming into play.  He's shown he can out coach a lot of guys already, but USF hasn't had the depth of talent as a lot of other teams.  If Jim can hold up when expected to win every game with superior talent and win every game then we'll be like UM in the late 80s and 90s.  There are no signs that we shouldn't be.

But it's also not a given.  We'll see how it goes.  Smazza just thinks our recruiting should be ahead of where it is (maybe it should be).  If it doesn't get to the level Smazza expects (as we all should) Leavitt will never be the number one guy.

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Sheet. Does this mean smazza is wrong about CJL??????

FLAME ON!  ;) :-*

Smazza is neither right or wrong yet.  Even the article says:

In a few years, this guy may well rank as #1.  Time will tell. 

Jim has all of the pieces coming into play.  He's shown he can out coach a lot of guys already, but USF hasn't had the depth of talent as a lot of other teams.  If Jim can hold up when expected to win every game with superior talent and win every game then we'll be like UM in the late 80s and 90s.  There are no signs that we shouldn't be.

But it's also not a given.  We'll see how it goes.  Smazza just thinks our recruiting should be ahead of where it is (maybe it should be).  If it doesn't get to the level Smazza expects (as we all should) Leavitt will never be the number one guy.

Some examples please? 

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smazza obviously feels that he shouldn't be on this list at all... But would obviously disagree with #1 as well.

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laughABLE

he is getting credit for 10 year body of work

but if  ron zook was here usf would be a top 10 probram by  now

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Sheet. Does this mean smazza is wrong about CJL??????

FLAME ON!  ;) :-*

Smazza is neither right or wrong yet.  Even the article says:

In a few years, this guy may well rank as #1.  Time will tell. 

Jim has all of the pieces coming into play. He's shown he can out coach a lot of guys already, but USF hasn't had the depth of talent as a lot of other teams.  If Jim can hold up when expected to win every game with superior talent and win every game then we'll be like UM in the late 80s and 90s.  There are no signs that we shouldn't be.

But it's also not a given.  We'll see how it goes.  Smazza just thinks our recruiting should be ahead of where it is (maybe it should be).  If it doesn't get to the level Smazza expects (as we all should) Leavitt will never be the number one guy.

Some examples please? 

Huh?  WVU.  Auburn.  Louisville.  Bowling Green 2002.  Do you follow USF?

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laughABLE

he is getting credit for 10 year body of work

but if  ron zook was here usf would be a top 10 probram by  now

Told ya. :)

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Sheet. Does this mean smazza is wrong about CJL??????

FLAME ON!  ;) :-*

Smazza isn't getting it done.  We need to recruit better "negative nancies" that can really stick it to our program on the chatboard. 

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