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12-12-2012, 04:02 PM
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Top 10 coaching jobs in football....

....according to ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski
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http://espn.go.com/college-football/...llege-football

The football gods grant you one wish: You can coach any NFL or college team in the country.


1. Green Bay Packers

The statues of Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau stand outside the best stadium in the NFL. (Yes, you read it right: the best stadium in the league -- perfect sight lines, perfect football atmosphere, no dome.) And you can't swing a chin strap at Lambeau Field without hitting something connected to the Packers' championship tradition.

Management is stable, supportive and committed to success. And whenever the franchise needs some extra walking-around money for, say, stadium expansion, it simply sells more shares of the worst financial investment on the planet: Packers common stock.

This is a franchise that cares deeply about winning, about its fans, about giving its coaches the best chance of getting their own statues.

2. University of Texas

When they hand you the coaching keys to the Longhorns' football program, you get the most expensive car on the lot.

According to research done at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, Texas' football program is worth $805 million -- more than the Forbes-calculated value of the Jacksonville Jaguars ($770 million), St. Louis Rams ($780 million) and Oakland Raiders ($785 million). In other words, the Longhorns aren't sweating the $5.35 million salary they pay Mack Brown. Or the $25.9 million (U.S. Department of Education figures) they spent on the program in 2011.

If you can't win at Texas, then you ought to consider another profession. The school and Austin are drop-dead gorgeous. You usually get first pick of the state's lonnnnnng list of quality recruits. And it doesn't hurt to have your very own Longhorn Network. Every conceivable advantage awaits.

3. New England Patriots

Two words: Robert Kraft.

The smart, respected and instinctive Patriots owner knows how to run a business (second only to the Dallas Cowboys in franchise value -- $1.635 billion, according to Forbes), but better yet, knows how to hire good people, support them and then get out of their way.

As a head coach, what more could you want?


4. Notre Dame

The Packers of college football. Or are the Packers the Notre Dame of the NFL?

The point is, Brian Kelly has shown what happens when you correctly leverage the power of your football brand. Notre Dame has its own TV network, a national recruiting network, 125 years of football tradition and facilities that rival or exceed those of its peers. The diploma means something, too.

As always, it's about getting players -- and ND's academic standards can eliminate some prospects. As does the winter weather. It is a program with high visibility, high expectations and its share of quirks.

But when properly operated, it is also a formidable program.

5. New York Giants

Coaching the Giants can age you, break you or define you. But if you win there, you'll never have to worry about the first sentence of your obit.

You'll need Kevlar to handle the New York media and an ownership and front office willing to go to the NFC East mattresses against the likes of free-spending Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. You're on your own for the Kevlar, but generally speaking, Giants management knows what it's doing. Thank you, Jerry Reese.

Anyway, it's the New York Football Giants. You want tradition, pressure, the league's biggest stage? Then this is where you want to be.

6. Alabama

It doesn't have the prettiest campus, the best stadium or the most populous recruiting base. But what it does have is an aura, a houndstooth history deep in championships. "Roll Tide" isn't a saying; it's a way of life. You either believe or you don't.

Bama isn't for everybody. Nick Saban has succeeded there because his intensity and expectations somehow exceed those of a fan base that doesn't take L's for an answer.

No athletic department spends more on its football program ($36.9 million in 2011) than Alabama. You are given every tool in the box to win. If you do, you become a coaching icon (and very, very rich), as Saban has become. If you don't, you become an appetizer on Paul Finebaum's radio show.

7. LSU

Surprised? Don't be.

In the cutthroat SEC, there's a lot to be said about an LSU program that almost always gets the best players in the recruiting-rich state. Plus, the Tigers can cherry-pick in Texas, Alabama and, of course, Australia.

Les Miles might be called the Mad Hatter, but he isn't stupid. He did his square dance with Arkansas, but at the end of the day, he knew LSU could show him the money and give him the best opportunity to win a national title. Plus, there are few places where football matters more than at LSU.


8. Michigan/Ohio State

Sorry, these two programs are connected at the thigh pads. In many ways, they're mirror images of each other when it comes to giving a coach the best chance to succeed.

Monetary value? Michigan is No. 3 at $618.6 million, Ohio State No. 7 at $520.9 million.

Football expenditures? Ohio State spent $34 million in 2011; Michigan spent $23.6 million.

Huge fan bases? Check marks for both. Huge recruiting bases? Check marks for both. Huge national exposure? Check marks for both.

That Team Up North and Ohio have more in common than Wolverines and Buckeyes fans would like to admit. But they can agree on this: These are two of the most sought-after coaching jobs in the country.

9. Florida

Have you ever spent any quality time with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley? I have. He basically spends every waking moment trying to figure out how to help his coaches win.

You need better facilities? He'll do everything he can to make it happen. You need an increased budget for recruiting? For assistant coaches? For support staff? For whatever? Talk to Foley.

Foley is demanding, but the results on his watch have been nothing short of spectacular. So, yeah, you probably want to work for him if you're a football coach interested in a national championship.

And did I mention there are about a gajillion quality recruits in the state? And that from a financial standpoint, Florida football revenue and overall program value easily overshadow those of Florida State and Miami?

10. Houston Texans

Texans owner Bob McNair doesn't generate the publicity wattage of the Cowboys' Jones, but within the NFL industry, McNair is admired, respected and a little bit feared.

Cash flow isn't a problem for McNair. Better yet, he spends his money wisely.

McNair isn't afraid to show loyalty or patience. (Gary Kubiak can tell you all about it.) And the Texans' front office is peppered with real pros.

The next five: USC, Oklahoma, Chicago Bears, Georgia, Oregon
#4.....oh yeah. Although, IMO, Texans shouldn't be in it.

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Hamilton Tiger Cats are looking for a head coach. that should fit in around 100-125th spot, maybe

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Surprised there is no Steelers. Excellent job security and every head coach since the AFL-NFL merger has won a Super Bowl.

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The Steelers don't even show up as an honorable mention?

Curious.

You want job security? 3 head coaches since 1969.

Oh, and the fact that those 3 guys combine for a 404-269-2 record and 6 Super Bowl titles.

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How are the Steelers not on that list? They are arguably, along with GB, the most well run & stable franchise in the NFL.

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The Steelers don't even show up as an honorable mention?

Curious.

You want job security? 3 head coaches since 1969.
Yeah, they've never fired a coach since the merger haha.

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I will wager cause this crap is from ESPN in Bristol Conn.

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Pittsburgh should be on there, can't argue with Green Bay, New England and New York Giants on the list.

Stable and well run.

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No Steelers?

NFL:
1. Steelers
2. Packers
3. Patriots
4. Giants
5. Bears

NCAAF:
1a. Alabama
1b. Ohio State
1c. Michigan
1d. Texas
1e. Notre Dame

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USC in my opinion is the best college job.

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Texans? Uh, what?


But seriously, Steelers.

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Lol at Texans, and I'm a Texans fan. People wanted Kubiak run out of town three seasons ago.

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I will wager cause this crap is from ESPN in Bristol Conn.
Wojciechowski is out of Chicago, actually.

Most ESPN.com writers don't work in Bristol. Only the ones also on TV do.

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The Steelers don't even show up as an honorable mention?

Curious.

You want job security? 3 head coaches since 1969.

Oh, and the fact that those 3 guys combine for a 404-269-2 record and 6 Super Bowl titles.
Yeah that was a big exemption from the list for me too.

Personally I love the Steelers organization. The Rooney's run a tight ship. They support their team in any way they need, they don't really keep around players who have attitude issues(for the most part) even if they are talented and have really hired the right people for jobs over and over again.

If I was a coach, that organization would be one I'd love to be employed by.

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What? No Jets and Raiders?

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And the University of Cololorado isn't on this list because?

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They could have just named this list most historic/recent winningest football programs in the U.S. and not much would change. Personally I'd hate coaching Bama, Green Bay, and some of these other places. Too much expectations, 24/7 coverage of every step you make yet you have to live in places Tuscaloosa, Green Bay, etc? I know when you make as much as coaches do, location isn't a huge dealbreaker. But if I could pick any place to coach it'd be in a place like San Francisco Bay area, LA, Boston, Seattle, Denver area, etc. Tradition wouldnt be that important to me.

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And the University of Cololorado isn't on this list because?

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im guessing this article was written before the monday nighter

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Having NFL and NCAA gigs on the same list doesn't make much sense to me, tbqh. If you're more interested in the NFL, then coaching for the Jaguars or the Browns would be a bigger deal than coaching for just about any NCAA team, and vice versa.

Don't see Harbaugh going back to the NCAA nor do I think that Saban wants to go back to the NFL. Same goes for the NBA and NCAA. It's not like other sports where there's a clear hierarchy between major and minor/collegiate leagues. The collegiate and professional games are really two separate spheres when it comes to football (and basketball). Someone could never in a million years want to leave Ohio State for either the NBA or NFL and it wouldn't raise any eyebrows. Same for if the coach of the lowliest of NFL teams was offered a major college gig, too.

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I think right now David Shaw has one of the best jobs in all of football. Also I believe Cal could be atop tier job. i was amazed to read the other day they have the 7th most players in the NFL. So not only would you get tons of talent you would do it while living in the Bay Area.

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You must not have seen the Cololorado in my post

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