What are the Top 10 coaching jobs in college football?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville jumps to the ACC. Louisville wins an invitation to the Sugar Bowl. Louisville almost loses Charlie Strong. Charlie Strong picks Louisville over Tennessee. Mark Stoops arrives at Kentucky. Western Kentucky wins its first bowl bid as an FBS program. Indiana remains No. 1 in college basketball.
No wonder the Monday Morning Meeting did not assemble this week. We didn't have time to sit still. So it's time for a Friday edition of the Monday Morning Meeting – but with only a single topic.
U of L athletic director Tom Jurich feels quite passionate and proud about his football program – as he should after the last 1-1/2 weeks. In fact, Jurich said that he believes the U of L job is one of the top 10 in the country – and that he'd debate anybody on that topic.
We love a friendly debate. We know that you do, too. Rick Bozich has lined up his selections as the Top 10 Jobs In College Football. Eric Crawford is working on his list, too.
We'd like to hear your Top 10 – and where Louisville belongs in the debate.
1. Alabama: There's no reason to make Nick Saban snarl by starting with another pretender. What's not to like -- other than Harvey Updyke?
2. Florida: Alabama shares turf with Auburn. The Gators are the only SEC program that resides in the state that is the Claiborne Farm of high school recruiting. Nobody can screw this job up – other than Ron Zook.
3. Texas: Delightful campus, grand tradition and five-star academics parked in another recruiting paradise. Bevo should demand more than the ground beef Mack Brown often delivers.
4. Louisiana State: Best game-day stadium experience? Check? High school superstars? Check. Standing room only? Check. National championship trophies? Check. Dazzling uniforms? Check. What's missing?
5. Ohio State: Buckeye Nation obsesses with just as much passion as the first four – they just don't obsess with as many speedy backs, receivers and run stuffers on their side. Urban Meyer was hired to change that.
6. Notre Dame: Brian Kelly has won 12 games and the battle against the fools that argued the Fighting Irish had become irrelevant before this season. NBC never questioned the magic of this program. Nobody will if ND upsets Alabama Jan. 7 in the BCS title game.
7. Georgia: This is not a shot at Mark Richt or Andy Murray, but until the Bulldogs crash the BCS title game, they're a cut below the first six. But just a tiny cut, considering their passion and recruiting advantages.
8. Oklahoma: The Sooners can't live on in-state kids the way the top SEC schools can, but they consider Texas the Southern part of their state.
9. Oregon: I'd move the Ducks even higher if Nike is willing to spend some advertising dollars in this space. This is Nike's signature program – and it shows with the fashion displays the Ducks put on every weekend. No other program seems to have more fun.
10. Michigan: I also considered Florida State, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Penn State, USC, Stanford, Texas A&M and Northern Illinois (just kidding, Kirk Herbstreit). But when in doubt, go with college football's most unforgettable helmets.