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13 College Football Coaching Positions

If you’re a college football coach, it can be said that you’ve truly made it; the majority of coaches make northwards of $1,000,000 a year, and in some cases that number goes above $7,000,000!  If you’re looking to get into this field of business, then you’re in luck, because 13 colleges currently have football coaching vacancies!  Yet it goes without saying that some of these positions are more desirable than others; I recently came across an article that analyzes the pros and cons of these coaching positions, listed below:

USC Trojans

1. USC: The pay is good, the team is great, and you’re part of a storied tradition with a strong fan base.  This one seems like a touchdown.  Yet this isn’t one for the faint of heart; whoever the coach is needs to be a strong leader who will need to earn the trust of players who have seen two head coaches and two different interim coaches.

VT Hokies2. Virginia Tech: Even if the Hokies aren’t a powerhouse, they’ve got a world of potential, as evidenced by 22 consecutive bowl appearances.  Yet despite such a track record, the pay here isn’t terribly good; ex-coach Beamer was only the 37th-highest paid coach in the country.

Todd Proa Gamecocks3. South Carolina: Fan support for the Gamecocks is astounding, meaning that the pay will be handsome, yet they won’t be too demanding too quickly, partly because this is one of the worst teams on the fabled SEC.  Yet thanks to winning more games than any other coach in the school’s history, Steve Spurrier left some big shoes to fill, especially when playing in the same division as names like Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

Mizzou4. Missouri: Despite not having a good season, Missouri has built a winning culture based on success, with an obscene amount of revenue that will most likely trickle down into a generous salary for any coach.  But the team’s current roster isn’t much to look at, and taking a leaf out of former coach Pinkel’s book and winning the SEC twice in four years will be difficult at best.  And even if there’s plenty of talent within driving distance of Missouri, competing with some of the other SEC teams will be tough.

Miami5. Miami (Fla): The tradition here is hard to match, which is only helped by this school being located in the middle of some of the best recruiting ground in the country.  Even outside of southern Florida, selling potential stars on going to play for a place like Miami isn’t hard at all.  Yet this team’s fans are just as fair-weather as Miami itself, and the school doesn’t spend money like the programs it wants to rejoin.

Maryland terrapins6. Maryland: Even if this is a job that requires patience, a steady flow of cash from a deal with Under Armour and an ideal location for recruitment gives Maryland a great edge against many of its competitors.  Nonetheless, the odds seem stacked up against Maryland when it comes to actually winning, especially when going up against Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State.

Illinois logo7. Illinois: Being located in the Big Ten West gives Illinois a much better chance of winning than in the East Division.  With a history of losing, expectations are also much more reasonable here, unlike the school’s basketball team. Yet this losing history creates the appearance of an awfully low ceiling.

UCF8. UCF: In regards to recruitment, you can’t do much better than UCF.  Even after other places such as Florida, FSU and Miami have had their pick of talent, there are still plenty of great choices left.  The challenge here is to sell the geographical advantage over the out-of-state schools.  Not only that, but a new coach isn’t inheriting the necessary talent to compete in the AAC.  The Knights have been winless this season, and the recruiting start-over that comes from coaching changes means that improvement might not come for a couple years.

Iowa State9. Iowa State: Expectations here are going to be reasonable, with bowl appearances being more of an indicator than actual championships, so that this would be an ideal place for a newer coach to establish himself.  However, Iowa State is seriously lacking in regards to tradition and recruitment appeal, making competition for a Big 12 championship nearly impossible.

Syracuse University10. Syracuse: Due to its distance from other schools in the ACC, a head coach here wouldn’t have nearly as much regional competition for recruits.  Like Iowa State, this isn’t a job where the fanbase is demanding of championships.  But if you’re coaching Syracuse, you can’t forget that this is a basketball school first and foremost, so that you’ll always be secondary.

Hawaii logo11. Hawaii: Its location and a lack of pressure to win makes Hawaii one of the most stress-free coaching jobs in the business, and nothing more than the occasional bowl appearance will stop you from getting replaced.  But this is also one of the lowest-paying jobs in the FBS; the recruiting base is laughable, and the athletic department has been struggling for years.

North Texas12. North Texas: While this isn’t a good position for any established coach, it’s a great start for any up-and-coming coach.  But there’s also no winning history to speak of, and with so many big names in-state, competition for talent is huge.

Louisiana-Monroe13. Louisiana-Monroe: Like North Texas, this is a great place for a younger coach to earn his stripes, and there’s a solid in-state talent base for recruiting.  But at $360,000 a year, this is also the lowest-paying head coaching job in the entire FBS.  This means that assistants aren’t terribly well-paid either, making it tough for a new coach to hire a strong staff.

Heated Ballon D’Or Debate

The debate is fierce for who should win the Ballon d’Or this year and the experts have shortlisted three potential candidates: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Franck Ribery.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, who might be up to win the Ballon D’Or

The award has been dominated for years with Messi winning it in 2010, 2011, and 2012.  Messi also won the award in 2009 before it was affiliated with FIFA.  There is a massive buzz around the award this year however as Messi can no longer be considered the frontrunner with his injury keeping him out until 2014.

That brings it down to Ronaldo and Ribery.  So here is an argument for both.

Ronaldo wins because…

He has scored 66 goals in 55 matches for his club, Real Madrid, and national team.  Ronaldo has recorded multiple hat tricks and has shined when his club has needed him most.  He has also captained a Portugal team the would not have made World Cup Qualifying without him.  He singlehandedly took over in the second leg qualifier against a Ibrahimovic led Sweden team.  Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the match.

Ribery wins because…

The 30 year old has been phenomenal for his club Bayern Munich and has already won the UEFA’s Best Player award which is given to the best player in Europe.  He played an instrumental role in Bayern Munich’s run to come out victorious in the Champions League, DFB Pokal Treble and Bundesliga.  He has also played a key role as an international scoring twice in France’s last matchup with Werder Bremen.

The Truth…

Ronaldo has over twice as many goals as Ribery.  Ribery was a fundamental instrument on Bayern Munich.  We could argue that based on output Ronaldo wins because he has more goals and plays his best in pressure situations.  It could also be argued that Ronaldo is a likely winner because Portugal would not be nearly as competitive without him.

The Catch…

What has hurt Ribery’s chances in the last weeks is the extended deadline for voting on the Ballon d’Or.  The deadline which was posted to end before Portugal’s match with Sweden was pushed back to after the match.  Ribery has mentioned that Ronaldo’s hat trick in the match may hurt him in the final voting.

Recently a poll was held on ESPN to decide who fans thought should win the Ballon d’Or.  The results stood at…

Ronaldo: 56.3%

Messi: 35.3%

Ribery: 8.5%