If every head coaching position in the Power Five became available, how would each rank in terms of desirability? This is a question recently posed to ESPN reporters, and on Friday, they listed their top 15 most appealing jobs.
Interestingly, two schools from Alabama bookend the list.
Alabama, unsurprisingly, earned the No. 1 spot because of its recruiting success, extravagant facilities and the strong foundation built by coach Nick Saban. The one significant challenge in succeeding Saban would be the immense pressure to win. With four national championships secured since 2009, expectations are higher in Tuscaloosa than anywhere else in the country.
Auburn came in 15th, in large part because of school politics and “competing voices” from big-money donors. While the Tigers are certainly one of the nation’s premier college football programs, a reportedly divided base that’s envious of the Crimson Tide makes it a less-than-ideal place to work, according to ESPN.
The next highest SEC school on the list is Florida, which came in sixth. Other SEC teams that make the cut are Texas A&M (14th), Georgia (ninth) and LSU (seventh).
One reporter placed Texas A&M at the bottom because of the “B.S. factor,” or, in other words, issues with the school’s leadership. Georgia came in the middle due to a mix of strong recruiting potential and frustrating pushback from the administration during Mark Richt’s tenure.
Like Texas A&M, one reporter believes LSU has to deal with the “B.S. factor,” as the Les Miles drama from last year revealed some major issues with the administration’s higher-ups. Still, the Tigers do a great job bringing in top Louisiana recruits and boast one of the nation’s best fan experiences.
Florida edged past LSU thanks to its improved administrative support, which led one panelist to rank UF as the most desirable Power Five job.
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