Debating the best coaching job among all 130 college football teams or within any conference is always a hot topic. What exactly determines the best job in college football? Each person’s criteria will be different.
So here's how we determined that Notre Dame should fill the No. 13 slot.
We considered many factors — tradition, facilities, location, money, ability to recruit talent — but in the end, we simply asked ourselves the following question: Where would we want to coach? And for us, Notre Dame has some definite advantages.
Here's why: Notre Dame has three unique advantages compared to almost every school in the country — a national following, its own television contract and an unparalleled history that includes 11 consensus national titles. Brian Kelly has returned Notre Dame to national prominence, but there was a long stretch in which the Fighting Irish struggled to compete at an elite level. From 1998-2011, ND went 99–72 with an unthinkable six non-winning seasons. The school’s relatively high academic standards can make recruiting more challenging. Also, Notre Dame lacks the home-state recruiting territory of other national powers. Indiana is not a great state for high school football. This might not be the same job it was 20 years ago, but this is still a great situation for the right coach. You can win a national title with the Fighting Irish.
Want to see where other coaching jobs fell? Check out our ranking of all 130 College Football Coaching Jobs for 2019.