The cradle of head coaches

Here’s a pretty interesting statistic from this article ranking the top assistant coaches in the SEC:

Of the 124 current head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision, 34 were once full-time assistants on an SEC staff — almost 28 percent. That’s not including the five FBS head coaches who are former SEC head coaches — Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville, USC’s Lane Kiffin, Texas State’s Dennis Franchione and Akron’s Terry Bowden — or the two SEC head coaches who were head coaches at other SEC schools, Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier.

Granted, some of that you can chalk up to group think on the part of ADs who prefer to play it safe in their hiring decisions, but that’s still a pretty impressive percentage.  Don’t think somebody as sharp and as motivated as Todd Grantham isn’t aware of the numbers, either.

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9 responses to “The cradle of head coaches

  1. Joe Nails

    I’m totally shocked Bobo didn’t make that list…………

  2. sniffer

    Reading this post started to make me think of who Georgia would go after if Richt were no longer our coach (for any reason). Some five years ago or so, the names of “can’t miss” assistants were, Muschamp, Pellini, Jimbo Fisher, et al. Up and coming head coaches like Meyer(ugh), Chris Petersen, Edsell and several others were waiting for their chance at a big time program. Today, few (one) of those names have become what they appeared to be headed for back then. I’m rambling…where would McGarity look if he had to find a coach?

  3. You’re shilling to make the wrong coordinator a HC Senator. After Spurrier retires, #Bobo4SC

  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Dawgs have plenty of returnees on D this year, so CTG should have a good season and get a lot of hype. If he does move to a D-1 HC job, wouldn’t he be the first CMR assistant to do that?