9 Schools That Will Benefit Most from Coaches Firings

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 26, 2012

9 Schools That Will Benefit Most from Coaches Firings

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    There are just about 12 head coaching openings at FBS schools at the moment. That means 12 schools decided to make a change at the head football coach position and of course recruiting will be affected by these moves.

    No school likes to see opposing coaches lose their job, but there are recruiting benefits when it happens. This piece will look at nine schools who stand to gain the most with the current coaching firings.

    These schools are in the best position to land a stud recruit or three from a fired coach's school, or a common recruit that they were recruiting that the fired coach was too.

9. West Virginia

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    The Mountaineers are recruiting RB Keyante Green, per Scout.com. The only thing is, Green is committed to Purdue.

    Dana Holgorsen could benefit from Danny Hope's firing by convincing Green to come tote the rock for him in Morgantown. The Boilermakers need to get a coach in place quick, because holding onto QB Danny Etling has to be a priority. 

8. North Carolina

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    For starters, when your in-state rival fires its head coach then you stand to benefit from that. Tom O'Brien is out at N.C. State and Larry Fedora should use this to clutch onto a few more prospects.

    One of those prospects is WR Marquez North. Tennessee is on North's list, reports Scout.com, but with Derek Dooley gone North could be pushed to Chapel Hill. 

7. Florida State & 6. South Carolina

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    These two schools benefit from Gene Chizik's firing at Auburn. The Tigers were recruiting RB Greg Bryant, according to Scout.com, and so are the Gamecocks and Seminoles.

    Bryant told Scout.com that coaching stability is one of his biggest factors. Auburn doesn't have any stability right now, so I would think FSU and South Carolina like their chances for Bryant. 

5. Clemson

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    The Tigers are going to benefit from both big SEC firings. Scout.com shows Auburn was in on DT Montravius Adams when Gene Chizik, but that's up in the air now in all likelihood.

    Tennessee was battling Clemson and North Carolina for WR Marquez North, according to Scout.com, but of course there's no more Derek Dooley in Knoxville.

    So the Clemson should step up in the ranks for both North and Adams. 

    You can also add DE Carl Lawson to the ring too for Clemson, according to Scout.com

4. Michigan

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    Scout.com reported recently that Green has a top six of Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss, Miami, Tennessee and Oregon. Yet, I've maintained that this could be down to Auburn vs. Michigan.

    With Auburn firing Gene Chizik, that could turn Green off to playing on The Plains and push him to head to Ann Arbor and play at Michigan. 

3. Ohio State

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    The Buckeyes are trying to pull off a coup by getting a Southern guy at heart to come play in the Midwest. Vonn Bell is an excellent safety from Tennessee and Georgia that has the Buckeyes among his final three, lists Scout.com.

    One of Ohio State's biggest threats for Bell is Tennessee. The Vols fired Derek Dooley and that could leave Urban Meyer's only remaining threat for Bell to be Nick Saban and Alabama.

2. Georgia

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    The Dawgs stand to reap some benefits from Gene Chizik's dismissal along with the firing of John L. Smith at Arkansas.

    Mark Richt is probably looking at Auburn's recruiting class now and picturing how each commit fits in Athens. He's already been working on LB Reuben Foster, reports Scout.com

    TE Hunter Henry, an Arkansas pledge, is also looking at UGA, reports Scout.com

1. Alabama

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    Alabama is always lurking around just about everything. This time, the impact is more direct as their rivals of Auburn fired Gene Chizik, leaving 'Bama's Iron Bowl foes vulnerable.

    Could they start to work on flipping LB Reuben Foster back to them? What about Carl Lawson? Then, with Tennessee firing Derek Dooley, that should help them with safety prospect Vonn Bell.

    Finally, Arkansas firing John L. Smith helps 'Bama's chances with TE Hunter Henry and keeping committed RB Altee Tenpenny. 

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.