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.