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I would love to see John "Doc" Holliday come here! Averaging almost 46 ppg while giving up only 16.5 ppg. Added bonus is if the DC follows, he likes to run a 4-3 defense! Holliday is only making 600k at Marshall too.

I like Holliday too. Great recruiter and coach. Recruits Florida well.

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Since we've gone the head coach from a perceived lower level school approach twice, I'll omit them.  This will only be assistants from P5 schools (Sources USA Today and NFL.com):

 

Pat Narduzzi, DC, Michigan State:

 

Had the coaching carousel been a little more active last year, Narduzzi could very well have been offered a big-time job following the Spartans' Rose Bowl victory. He was that hot — just not quite hot enough to land a Texas or Penn State level gig. Narduzzi makes nearly $1 million a year, so he can wait for the right fit. But if Michigan State wins the Big Ten again — and it should — the 48-year old defensive savant will likely get an offer he can't refuse.

 

Tom Herman, OC, Ohio State:

 

Urban Meyer's last three offensive coordinators — Steve Addazio, Dan Mullen and Mike Sanford — all have moved on to head coaching jobs, and that trend will continue sooner rather than later. Though the season-ending injury to Braxton Miller is crushing for the Buckeyes in many ways, it could end up flattering Herman if J.T. Barrett comes in and performs well. Herman has a lot of Texas coaching ties, and he'll be in demand if a job opens in that state.

 

Rhett Lashlee, OC, Auburn:

 

The Tigers' 31-year old coordinator has pretty much been side-by-side with Gus Malzahn since playing quarterback for him at Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Ark. But unlike Malzahn, whose socially awkward genius vibe can be off-putting, Lashlee is more at ease in the spotlight and will excel off the field. Nobody knew much about Lashlee until Auburn started winning last season, and even then, Malzahn got most of the credit. But Lashlee's hand in the offense shouldn't be underestimated, and if Auburn has another good year he'll be highly sought-after — even at his age.

 

Brent Venables, DC, Clemson:

 

The conventional wisdom is that Chad Morris, Clemson's offensive coordinator, will be next in line off Dabo Swinney's staff to get a head coaching job. But Morris makes $1.3 million a year and unless he just gets impatient, he can be extremely picky about what job he takes — and it might take a couple more years for the right job to open up. Venables also is in a great situation, but this is the season people nationally will notice what a great job he's done rebuilding the Tigers' defense

 

Mike Norvell, OC, Arizona State:

 

Another young guy (he's 32) who is widely recognized as a terrific play-caller and has had a big hand in building one of the nation's top offenses. Todd Graham trusted Norvell enough to give him the title of deputy head coach, but keeping him much longer could be a challenge if the Sun Devils are as productive as they were last season when they averaged 39.7 points.

 

Justin Wilcox, DC, USC:

 

Wilcox has coordinated defenses at Boise State, Tennessee and Washington since 2006, and takes on the Southern Cal defense beginning this season under new Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian. The Washington defense Wilcox inherited in 2012 came off the 2011 season having allowed a whopping 426 yards per game, and Wilcox cut nearly 50 yards off that total in his first year. Last year, UW ranked No. 4 in the nation in sacks with 3.15 per game. With Southern Cal's recruiting base, Wilcox should have the best talent of his career to work with in the coming years.

 

Jeremy Pruitt, DC, Georgia:

 

No assistant to work under Nick Saban at Alabama has moved up the coaching ladder faster elsewhere than Pruitt. In just seven years, he went from a support staffer at UA, as director of player personnel, to being one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in college football at Georgia. Pruitt left Alabama as a secondary coach two years ago to become FSU's defensive coordinator. In his only season in the role, the Seminoles won the BCS national championship with the nation's No. 3 defense. Pruitt received a $350,000 raise, from $500,000 to $850,000, to join the Bulldogs.

 

Jake Spavital, OC, Texas A&M:

 

The track record on Spavital is a short one, and his mettle as an offensive coordinator will get a much better test in 2014 than it did last year with superstar Johnny Manziel making his every move look genius. Nevertheless, Spavital has to get at least a piece of the credit for Manziel's obvious development as a passer last year. For a quarterback whose reputation remains one of a reckless runner, the truth is, Manziel was much more patient in the pocket under Spavital.

 

Dave Aranda, DC, Wisconsin:

 

Aranda joined the Wisconsin staff as defensive coordinator with big results last year, leading the Badgers to top-10 NCAA rankings in scoring defense, total defense and rush defense. Wisconsin also got off the field on third down nearly 70 percent of the time, one of the nation's highest percentages of third-down conversion defense. Aranda has also had successful DC stints at Utah State and Hawaii.

 

Scott Frost, OC, Oregon:

 

When Chip Kelly left Oregon to coach the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, the first question Oregon fans had was whether the Ducks' vaunted offense would skip a beat with Kelly's offensive coordinator, Mark Helfrich, taking over the program as head coach. Frost is one reason it didn't. Previously the Ducks' receivers coach, Frost was promoted to the coordinator role by Helfrich, who vacated it. Oregon racked up 565 yards per game under Frost, behind only Baylor as the No. 2 offense in the entire nation.

 

Chad Morris, OC, Clemson:

 

It says a lot about Morris that in 2012, when his best player's production had a few hiccups, the Tigers' offense was still at its very best. Sammy Watkins had 708 yards and just three touchdowns that year, yet Clemson broke school records for both yards (513 per game) and points (41 per game). That's the sign of an offense that isn't overly reliant on one athlete, no matter how talented.

 

John Chavis, DC, LSU:

 

At 57 years old, Chavis' window to be a head coach somewhere might not be open too much longer. But if you're Chavis, what's wrong with being one of the most respected defensive coordinators in the game? He won the Broyles Award in 2011 as the nation's top assistant coach, and has brought the same consistently-tough defenses to LSU that he was once known for at Tennessee. Three straight Chavis defenses ranked among the nation's best from 2010-2012. And despite some critical talent that departed early for the NFL, last year's LSU defense ranked No. 15.

 

Bud Foster, DC, Virginia Tech:

 

After 19 years coordinating the Virginia Tech defense for Frank Beamer, Foster's name doesn't pop up for head-coaching openings as much as it used to. At this point, the most likely head coaching role for Foster could be as the eventual replacement for Beamer himself. And Hokies fans would surely be fine with that. His last three units have finished in the top 20 in the nation in total defense, including a No. 4 ranking last year at just 283.6 yards per game. He won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2006.

 

Philip Montgomery, OC, Baylor:

 

Baylor is quickly becoming the Oregon of the South, and Montgomery is a big reason why. As the play-caller for what is arguably the fastest-paced offense in the country, Montgomery is on the cutting edge of offensive football in the college game. Baylor blew away the entire NCAA field last year in total offense, ranking No. 1 in the country with 619 yards per game. That beat No. 2-ranked Oregon by more than 50 yards. He coached Robert Griffin III to a Heisman Trophy-winning season, and might do so again this fall with star quarterback and NFL draft prospect Bryce Petty.

 

Kirby Smart, DC, Alabama:

 

The Alabama defensive coordinator has been considered a "hot" coordinator so long, he's easy to forget among some of the younger coordinators enjoying instant success. But don't forget this: Entering his seventh year the Crimson Tide's DC, in an NCAA FBS field that has fluctuated around 120 teams, Alabama has finished in the top five every year in total defense. With that kind of track record, Smart's head-coaching days are a question of when, not if. Until then, his $1.35 million salary is certainly enough to enjoy the status quo until the ideal head-coaching option comes along.

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