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BOZICH BLOG: Ranking The 13 BCS Football Job Openings -- UK #7

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There are 13 FBS head coaching job open. How high does the UK opening rank? There are 13 FBS head coaching job open. How high does the UK opening rank?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – These are dangerous times for Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches to answer the telephone. The calls that go through are usually not packed with good cheer. 

Four head coaches were fired Sunday and then another on Monday, extending the number of FBS openings to 13.

That's an issue that Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart must deal with because he's in the market for a coach, and it isn't a market filled with dazzling choices.

There are several jobs that offer more juice, tradition and resources than Kentucky. Barnhart must overcome that with A) his sales pitch; B) money and C) ability to spot an up-and-comer.

If you were making a list ranking the available openings, how would you stack them from 1 through 13?

Here is my take:

1. Tennessee – Following Derek Dooley and Lane Kiffin is not like following Bobby Bowden and Bear Bryant. The recruiting base isn't great. The will to win is. Better to be in the SEC East than knocking helmets with Alabama and LSU.

 2. Auburn – You can win a national championship there, especially if you have Cam Newton at quarterback. But do you really want to go toe-to-toe with Nick Saban 365 days a year?

 3. Arkansas – Top 10 facilities, top 30 recruiting territory. It's a good job, just not as good as the folks in Fayetteville think that it is.

 4. North Carolina State – It's not in the SEC, and sometimes that is a good thing. North Carolina football is wounded. And the Wolfpack were 7-5 this season. It's not a rebuilding job.

 5. Purdue – Drew Brees played there. So did Bob Griese. And Jim Everett, Mike Phipps, Len Dawson and Gary Danielson. Don't forget the Boilermakers played in the 2001 Rose Bowl. Danny Hope was not a popular head coach. The Boilermakers are looking for somebody to love. 

6. Colorado – The worst BCS program in America this season, so there's only one direction – up. Didn't they just vote to legalize marijuana in Colorado? Hmmm.

7. Kentucky – People will love you if you can win seven or eight games, but winning even six often is not a picnic. Not many coaches get out of Lexington with their careers intact.

8. California – Great place to work on your post-graduate degree, if you can afford the cost of housing. Football success? Not so much.

9. Boston College – Maybe you can talk Tom Brady into attending one of your practices. Another bad BCS job – and you're stuck in a pro sports market.

10. UTEP – You won't need a winter wardrobe.

11.  Idaho – I'm stumped why I put this one so high. Great for hunting and trout fishing and skiing. The Vandals went 1-11. It's a total rebuild.

12. Western Michigan – Winning at a MAC program is usually a great way to get a better job. This is a MAC job, but not one of the good ones.

13. Georgia State – Yes, you're in football country, but this job is an example of why there are too many FBS programs. You're replacing Bill Curry – and joining the Sun Belt Conference next season.

*Lots of chatter at Assembly Hall the other night about more Big Ten expansion coming to get the league to what everybody says will be the magic number for what will eventually be four Super Conferences – 16 teams.

Who will the final two additions be?

North Carolina is the gold standard, stretching the Big Ten's footprint toward the Atlantic Coast. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is a UNC grad. The academic profile fits. The basketball profile isn't supposed to matter as much as the football profile, but it would put the Big Ten miles ahead of every other league.

The second spot?

Three schools keep getting mentioned – Georgia Tech, Virginia and Duke.

Not much football juice there.

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