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If you are a free agent coach, which programs are the most attractive jobs in the nation?
We have ranked every college football program in the country, based on the attractiveness of the position from a coaching perspective. We considered many factors — tradition, facilities, location, money — but in the end, we simply asked ourselves the following question: Where would we want to coach? Check back tomorrow for rankings 50-1.
(Note: Current or impending NCAA sanctions were not a factor in these rankings.)
The Cats have outstanding facilities and a solid fanbase, but basketball is king.
Good coaches have been able to win here.
53. Mississippi State
Facilities are good, but competition is brutal.
Joe Tiller had the Boilers rolling for a while.
New stadium makes this job more attractive, but the Gophers will always struggle against Big Ten’s elite.
Solid athletic department but no tradition.
Prime location makes it No. 1 in C-USA.
A good coach won’t have problem getting players at UH.
59. Oregon State
More desirable now than at any other time.
Tradition can only take you so far.
61. Boston College
Location hurts, but BC finds a way to win.
Top-notch facilities; weak recruiting base.
63. Kansas State
Bill Snyder is the only coach who has figured it out at K-State.
64. Fresno State
Prime location makes it No. 1 in the WAC.
Cats have found their niche in the Big Ten.
Struggled to be a factor since the SWC broke up.
Not every coach is as good as Brian Kelly.
68. Washington State
It’s an uphill battle, but far from impossible.
69. Iowa State
Tough job but school has good fan support.
70. Wake Forest
Duke is the only tougher job in the ACC.
Glamour of the SEC, but so many hurdles.
Basketball is king; program is No. 4 in the state.
Support is weak; recruiting base is poor.
74. Southern Miss
You can always get talent at USM.
75. San Diego State
Sleeping giant is showing signs of life.
Solid tradition (yes, we know about the cheating) and a great recruiting base.
77. East Carolina
Solid program: support, recruiting, tradition.
78. Colorado State
Job has potential to be among MWC’s best.
79. Air Force
It’s the best job of the military schools.
Getting players isn’t the issue. Winning is.
Tougher to recruit to UH than most think.
It’s only the fourth best job in C-USA East.
Middies have found their best option.
84. Northern Illinois
Recruiting base makes it top job in the MAC.
85. New Mexico
Great location — unless you have to recruit.
Pokes have few built-in advantages.
SEC recruiting base with C-USA support.
Still in Texas, but it’s not close to anything.
A solid opportunity in a weak conference.
Third best job in a decent state for talent.
91. Louisiana Tech
Great talent base, but miscast in the WAC.
Easily the top gig in the Sun Belt.
Kids would rather play for Air Force, Navy.
94. Central Michigan
Good coaches can win big at CMU.
95. Miami (Ohio)
The cradle of coaches is never down for long.
Nice tradition and a very strong recruiting base.
97. North Texas
Good for its league, but No. 9 in the state.
Great location. No tradition.
Great location. No tradition.
100. Middle Tennessee
Decent locale, but fan support is low.
101. San Jose State
Great location — if you are a realtor.
No tradition. No support.
103. Bowling Green
Urban Meyer isn’t walking through the door.
104. Western Michigan
It’s No. 4 in the state and No. 4 in MAC West.
It’s the toughest job in the best state for talent.
Tommy Bowden proved you could win at Tulane, but support for the program continues to shrink.
OU hasn’t won consistently since the ‘30s.
Big-city location gives it some appeal.
Zips have one league title in school history.
110. Kent State
Only one winning season since ’87.
Turner Gill proved there is a pulse at UB.
112. Utah State
Aggies are a distant third in their own state.
Boise’s emergence has to irk Vandal fans.
114. Ball State
Cardinals are 53–88 over the last 12 years.
115. Arkansas State
Hasn’t had a winning season in FBS ranks.
116. Western Kentucky
This fledgling FBS program has potential, but right now it’s tough to rank the Toppers much higher.
It’s a better job than Louisiana-Monroe.
Warhawks can’t break through in the Belt.
119. New Mexico State
Hasn’t won a bowl game since 1960.
120. Eastern Michigan
Support is bad and tradition is non-existent.
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Ranking the Jobs in the Big East
Ranking the Jobs in the Big Ten
Ranking the Jobs in the Big 12
Ranking the Jobs in the Pac-12
Ranking the Jobs in the SEC