College Football Coaching Carousel – Alumni Style

What if every college football team was coached by an alumni? Here is what the coaching landscape might look like in FBS.


Boston College: Brian Flores

Current Miami Dolphins Head Coach; Other option – Pete Carmichael, current New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator

Clemson: Bobby Johnson

Former Vanderbilt Head Coach from 2002-2009

Duke: Scottie Montgomery

Former East Carolina Head Coach and Duke QB (1996-1999) and Offensive Coordinator (2014-2015)

Georgia Tech: Mike MacIntyre

Former Colorado Head Coach; Other option – Ken Whisenhunt, current LA Chargers Offensive Coordinator

Florida State: Manny Diaz

Current Miami U Head Coach and longtime defensive assistant; Other option – Rick Stockstill, current Middle Tennessee State Head Coach

Louisville: Jeff Brohm

Current Purdue Head Coach; Other option – Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins Head Coach

Miami: Mario Cristobol

Current Oregon Head Coach

NC State: Bill Cowher

Former Steelers Head Coach 1992-2006 and current CBS NFL analyst

North Carolina: Kevin Wilson

Former Indiana Head Coach and current Ohio State co-Offensive Coordinator

Pittsburgh: Matt Campbell

Current Iowa State Head Coach

Syracuse: Randy Edsall

Current UConn head coach; Other option – Doug Marrone, current Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and former Syracuse head coach

Virginia: Derek Dooley

Former Head Coach at Tennessee, current Missouri Offensive Coordinator

Virginia Tech: Bruce Arians

Current Tampa Bay Bucs Head Coach

Wake Forest: Ricky Proehl

Current Carolina Panthers WR Coach

Big Ten

Indiana: Rod Carey

Current Temple Head Coach and former Northern Illinois Head Coach

Iowa: Mark Stoops

Current Kentucky Head Coach; Other option – Bret Bielema, former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach or Bob Stoops, brother of Mark and former Oklahoma Head Coach and current Dallas XFL Head Coach

Maryland: Frank Reich

Current Indianapolis Colts Head Coach

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh

Current Michigan Head Coach since 2015

Michigan State: Adam Gase

Current NY Jets Head Coach; Other option – Pat Shurmur, current NY Giants Head Coach

Minnesota: Marc Trestman

Former Chicago Bears Head Coach and current Tampa Bay XFL (name TBD) Head Coach

Nebraska: Scott Frost

Current Nebraska head coach since 2018 and former UCF Head Coach; Other option – Zac Taylor, current Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach

Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald

Current Northwestern Head Coach since 2006

Ohio State: Luke Fickell

Current Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coach; Other option – Mike Vrabel, current Tennessee Titans Head Coach

Penn State: Matt Rhule

Current Baylor Head Coach; Other option – Al Golden, former Miami U and Temple Head Coach

Purdue: Kevin Sumlin

Current Arizona Head Coach and former Texas A&M Head Coach

Wisconsin: Paul Chryst

Current Wisconsin Head Coach since 2012

N/A – Illinois, Rutgers

Big 12

Baylor: Blake Anderson

Current Arkansas State Head Coach; Other option – Mike Singletary, former SF 49ers Head Coach and recently Head Coach of AAF’s Memphis Express

Iowa State: Chris Ash

Current Rutgers Head Coach

Kansas State: Gary Patterson

Current TCU Head Coach

Oklahoma: Josh Heupel

Current UCF Head Coach; Other option – Justin Fuente, current Virginia Tech Head Coach

Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy

Current Oklahoma State Head Coach since 2005

TCU: Guy Morriss

Current Offensive Line Coach at Lexington Christian Academy in Kentucky, previously Head Coach at Kentucky from 2001-2002 and Baylor from 2003-2007

Texas: Major Applewhite

Former Houston Head Coach and current Alabama assistant

Texas Tech: Lincoln Riley

Current Oklahoma Head Coach; Other options include Anthony Lynn, current LA Chargers Head Coach or Kliff Kingsbury, who was recently fired by Texas Tech and is current Arizona Cardinals Head Coach

West Virginia: Doc Holiday

Current Marshall Head Coach; Other option – Rich Rodriguez, former West Virginia Head Coach and recently former Arizona Head Coach and Michigan

N/A – Kansas


Arizona: Antonio Pierce

Current Arizona State LB Coach

California: Ron Rivera

Current Carolina Panthers Head Coach

Colorado: Eric Bieniemy

Current Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator

Oregon: Justin Wilcox

Current Cal Head Coach and longtime Defensive Coordinator

Oregon State: Bronco Mendenhall

Current Virginia Head Coach and long time BYU Head Coach previously

Stanford: David Shaw

Current Stanford Head Coach since 2011

UCLA: Ken Norton Jr

Current Defensive Coordinator with Seattle Seahawks

USC: Jack Del Rio

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders Head Coach

Utah: Gary Anderson

Current Utah State Head Coach and formerly Head Coach at Oregon State and Wisconsin

Washington: Jim Mora Jr

Former UCLA and Atlanta Falcons Head Coach

N/A – Arizona State, Washington State


Alabama: Dabo Swinney

Current Clemson Head Coach; Other options include David Cutcliff, current Duke Head Coach or Freddie Kitchens, current Cleveland Browns Head Coach

Arkansas: Gus Malzahn

Current Auburn Head Coach; Other option – Butch Davis, current FIU Head Coach and former National Championship coach at Miami U

Auburn: Tony Levine

Former Houston Cougars Head Coach

Florida: Gene Chizik

Former Auburn Head Coach and National Championship winner

Georgia: Kirby Smart

Current Georgia Head Coach since 2016

Kentucky: Neal Brown

Current West Virginia Head Coach, previously Head Coach at Troy

Missouri: Barry Odom

Current Missouri Head Coach since 2016, Other option – Jim Leavitt, former Oregon Defensive Coordinator and USF Head Coach

Ole Miss: Matt Luke

Current Ole Miss head coach since 2017; Other option – Jay Hopson, current Southern Miss Head Coach

South Carolina: Mark Dantonio

Current Michigan State Head Coach

Tennessee: Tee Martin

Current USC Offensive Coordinator; Other option – Jim Bob Cooter, current Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator

Texas A&M: Chad Morris

Current Arkansas Head Coach); Other option – Gary Kubiak, former Houston Texans and Denver Broncos Head Coach

Vanderbilt: Mack Brown

Current North Carolina Head Coach and former National Championship coach at Texas

N/A – LSU, Mississippi State


Army: Mike Sullivan

Most recently Denver Broncos QB Coach

Notre Dame: Skip Holtz

Current Louisiana Tech Head Coach

BYU: Kalani Sitake

Current BYU Head Coach since 2016; Other options include Mike Leach, current Washington State Head Coach and Kyle Whittingham, current Utah Head Coach


Cincinnati: Urban Meyer

Former Ohio State and Florida Head Coach

East Carolina: Ruffin McNeil

Former ECU Head Coach and current Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator

Houston: Clay Helton

Current USC Head Coach

Memphis: Keith Butler

Current Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator

Navy: Tom O’Brien

Former Boston College and NC State Head Coach

Temple: Todd Bowles

Former NY Jets Head Coach and current TB Bucs Defensive Coordinator

Tulsa: Lovie Smith

Current Illinois Head Coach

UCF: Tim Beck

Current Texas Offensive Coordinator

UConn: Kirk Ferentz

Current Iowa Head Coach

N/A – Tulane, USF

Mountain West

Air Force: Troy Calhoun

Current Air Force Head Coach, since 2007

Boise State: Bryan Harsin

Current Boise State Head Coach since 2014

Fresno State: Jeff Tedford

Current Fresno State Head Coach since 2017; Other option – Lane Kiffin, current FAU Head Coach

Hawaii: Nick Rolovich

Current Hawaii Head Coach since 2016; Other options – Ken Nuematolo, current Navy Head Coach) or Dino Babers, current Syracuse Head Coach

New Mexico: Rocky Long

Current San Diego State Head Coach

Utah State: Matt Wells

Recently left Utah State and is currently Texas Tech Head Coach

San Diego State: Herm Edwards

Current Arizona State Head Coach and longtime NFL coach

Wyoming: Chuck Pagano

Former Colts Head Coach, current Bears Defensive Coordinator

Conference USA

Marshall: Bryon Leftwich

Current TB Bucs Offensive Coordinator

Middle Tennessee State: Walt Bell

Current UMass Head Coach

Rice: Jeremy Bates

Former NY Jets Offensive Coordinator

Southern Miss: Hugh Freeze

Current Liberty Head Coach and former Ole Miss coach

Western Kentucky: Willie Taggart

Former WKU Head Coach and Current Florida State Head Coach

N/A: Florida International, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Old Dominion


Bowling Green: Dean Pees

Current Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator

Central Michigan: John Bonamego

Recently fired as Head Coach of CMU

Kent State – Nick Saban

Alabama Head Coach and CFB GOAT

Miami OH: Sean McVay

Current LA Rams Head Coach; Other option – Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh

Northern Illinois: PJ Fleck

Current Minnesota Head Coach

Toledo: Matt Eberflus

Current Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator

Western Michigan: Tim Lester

Current WMU Head Coach, since 2017

Sun Belt

Appalachian St: Scott Satterfield

Current Louisville Head Coach and previous Appalachian State Head Coach; Other options include Paul Johnson, former Georgia Tech Head Coach or Steve Wilks, long time NFL defensive assistant

Join the conversation on twitter and instagram. Which school/coach would be the best and the worst fit?

About Mike Schneid 540 Articles
Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.