20 college coaches most likely to receive NFL job offers

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday December 11, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on December 11, 2012

The coaching turnover at the college football level has only just begun.  As of Tuesday morning, sixteen programs have hired a new head coach since the end of the regular season.

Eight head coaching jobs remain open including Arkansas State, FIU, Kent State, LA Tech, Temple, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, and Western Michigan.

It's that time of year when assistant coaches stay tuned to the Coaching Search Ticker as much as anything.

Many of the coaches that served under Derek Dooley, Gene Chizik, Skip Holtz, and Jeff Tedford have yet to land new jobs.

It's understandable because it's early.

Once the NFL season ends, the coaching turnover at the professional level is expected to be enormous.

Let's take a look at the Top 15 college coaches that are likely to land offers at the NFL level.  (This is simply my guess based on what I've seen over the last five years while following the coaching carousel on a day-to-day basis.)

Chip Kelly: Kelly stated recently, "Not going to talk about it and the number is zero."

Scott Frost: My guess is that if Kelly goes, then Frost will follow.  Frost coaches the Oregon wide receivers.

Jeff Tedford: After 11 seasons at the Cal head coach, Tedford could end up in the NFL in a variety of roles including as a quarterbacks coach.

Houston Nutt: If Houston Nutt doesn't land a college head coaching job, he'll likely have a couple of options in the NFL as an assistant.  Nutt's background is on the offensive side of the ball.

Thomas McGaughy: Before joining the LSU staff, McGaughy served as the assistant special teams coach with the New York Giants.  Now, it might be his time to become a special teams coordinator at the NFL level.

Clancy Pendergast: Pendergast served the last three years under Jeff Tedford as the defensive coordinator at Cal.  Have coached against the spread offenses in the PAC-12 for the last few years, Pendergast might be a valuable as ever at the NFL level.

Jon Embree: Look for Embree to return to the NFL after two difficult years as the Colorado head coach.

Thomas Hammock: A year ago, Hammock interviewed for the St. Louis Rams running backs job.  He's currently serving as the running back coach at Wisconsin, but with the departure of Bret Bielema to Arkansas, Hammock's future is up in the air.  People at the NFL level have noticed the production of the Badgers' running backs.

Dan Quinn: Before joining Muschamp's staff at Florida, Quinn served as the defensive line coach with the Seattle Seahawks.  He did one the best jobs in all of college football this season as a defensive coordinator.  Quinn might receive NFL offers, but the Gators will be in the hunt to win it all in 2013.  Will he hold off with determination to finish the job and win a national championship?

Jim Michalczik: Michalczik is highly respected in the coaching profession.  He previously served as the Oakland Raiders offensive line coach before returning to Berkeley to coach under Tedford.

Jeff Ulbrich: Ulbrich did a tremendous job coordinating the UCLA special teams this season.  Could it be one and done in Westwood?

Jedd Fisch: Fisch is 1 of 12 play-callers in all of college football to have back-to-back seasons averaging at least 6 yards per play. He just finished his second season under Al Golden as the offensive coordinator at Miami (FL), but has previous NFL experience under Pete Carroll, Brian Billick, and Mike Shanahan.

Pep Hamilton: Hamilton has coached with six different NFL organizations.  After the job he's done at Stanford, it's probably just a matter of what he wants to do.

Derek Mason: Mason spent three years with the Minnesota Vikings before joining Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford.  This year, Mason was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the nation's top college assistant.

Jeff Grimes: The intricacies of the spread offense and up-tempo style of play is making its way into the NFL.  Having learned Gus Malzahn's system, it's possible that multiple NFL organization will consider Grimes, who came close to joining the Texas staff a couple of years ago.

John Latina: Latina is from Pennsylvania.  The Eagles will likely have a new staff and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler just accepted the UTEP head coaching job.  Latina could make his way into the NFL.

Frank Scelfo: With a track record of developing two first-rounders (Patrick Ramsey and JP Losman) and Nick Foles, it's possible that Scelfo could surface in the NFL as a quarterbacks coach.

Mike Groh: Groh has done a terrific job developing wide receivers at Alabama.  This season, he has a chance to win another national championship under Nick Saban.  Don't be surprised if Groh receives an offer to join an NFL organization as a position coach.

Derek Dooley: My guess is that Dooley will sit out the 2013 season or join an NFL organization as an assistant special teams coach or position coach.

Rip Scherer: Having coached the quarterbacks under Jon Embree the last two years at Colorado, Scherer is currently out of work.  He previously spent several seasons in the NFL with the Browns and Panthers.

Others: Derrick Nix (Ole Miss), James Cregg (USC), Bill McGovern (Boston College)

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Pete Roussel is a valuable resource for coaches, athletic directors, NFL front-office personnel, and college football enthusiasts. A former college football coach, Roussel shares insight on coaches 365 days a year and is recognized as the most trusted expert on coaching transactions. Follow @CoachingSearch on twitter and send your feedback to pete@coachingsearch.com




Pete Roussel is a valuable resource for coaches, athletic directors, NFL front-office personnel, and college football enthusiasts. A former college football coach, Roussel shares insight on coaches 365 days a year and is recognized as the most trusted expert on coaching transactions. Follow @CoachingSearch on twitter and send your feedback to pete@coachingsearch.comtest