12 Coaches Who May Not Stick Around to See Their 2013 Recruiting Class Graduate
With Chip Kelly's departure to the Philadelphia Eagles (Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com), that got me to thinking which coaches could be next in line to leave and how that affects this 2013 recruiting class. Kelly taking the Eagles' gig is a shocker after his announcement he was staying at Oregon several days ago.
This is another reason why recruits must commit to schools, not coaches, as a coach can leave at anytime. If you're a recruit in this 2013 class, you have to take note that there's a solid chance your coach will not be there when you graduate in four-to-five years.
In this following piece, I would like to list 12 coaches who I believe may not see the recruiting class they sign in a few weeks through their entirety in college.
Honorable Mention: Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
With Kelly interviewing for the Eagles' job last week, that gets him on this list as one to watch. While I certainly think he loves the mystique of coaching at Notre Dame, he may become intrigued by trying his hand in the NFL.
Keep your eye on Kelly and the NFL as years move forward.
Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Snyder is 73 years old, and by the time the high school recruits of this 2013 recruiting class graduate, he'll be 78.
He's a great coach, but Snyder can't do this forever. Don't be surprised within the next few seasons to see Snyder retire for good this time.
I'm sure K-State fans are hoping that he doesn't because Snyder is a legend around Manhattan, KS.
James Franklin, Vanderbilt
Franklin landed a top-25 caliber class last year and he's on the verge of doing it again this year. He's a rising star in the coaching world and he may not be able to be kept at Vandy for four more seasons.
The Commodores will soar to better heights in a season or two under Franklin's leadership, which will have some big programs coming after their head coach.
The 2013 Vanderbilt recruiting class will be celebrated in a few weeks, but Franklin may not be their head coach in a few seasons.
Art Briles, Baylor
Baylor has become a solid Big 12 program, but there are other jobs that have a higher profile. Briles has done a good job molding the Bears back into a competitive program, and he has WR Robbie Rhodes coming in this year.
Briles heard his name floating around a few open jobs this winter, only to remain at Baylor. I'm not so sure he sticks around to coach the Bears to see Rhodes and his class graduate.
Briles may be a candidate for the Texas job when Mack Brown retires.
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Spurrier has built up the Gamecock program to being a contender in the SEC East, but at some point Steve Spurrier is going to want to be able to wake up and go play golf anywhere he wants and at anytime he wants.
I think that time is coming soon enough.
The Ol' Ball Coach has one of the better recruiting classes coming to Columbia, but I wouldn't be overly shocked if this class graduates without Spurrier as its coach.
Charlie Strong, Louisville
I know Strong just re-upped with the Cardinals and they're moving to the ACC, but Strong may not be a "forever" coach in the Bluegrass State.
Tennessee really put the press on Strong, only for him to opt to return to Louisville. I'm not so sure that he's going to turn down that many other offers from bigger programs.
Strong likely at some point will want to try his hand on a bigger stage, a stage like the SEC.
Al Golden, Miami
Miami is one of the top jobs in all of college football; who would want to leave?
Al Golden probably is thinking that now, but when the NCAA places the expected heavy sanctions on the program, he may choose to bolt for a Big Ten school or somewhere else.
It seems as if the Miami administration wasn't upfront with Golden during the hiring process, as they knew of the looming scandal. Don't expect him to be at Miami after a few more years.
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Beamer is 66 years old and there's starting to be some retirement whispers around Blacksburg.
The Hokies had a disappointing 7-6 season in 2012, and Beamer will be around 71 years old by the time some of this 2013 recruiting class will be seniors.
One of the staples of college football, Beamer will be missed whenever he decides to hang up his whistle. I just happen to get the feeling that'll be before his 2013 recruiting class is gone.
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Gundy and the Cowboys are flirting with the top-25 recruiting class rankings this year. Gundy is also a true Cowboy as he may be Oklahoma State's greatest QB of all time.
However, he spoke with Tennessee about its head-coaching job when it opened and I could definitely see him being interested in Texas. If another high-profile job opens up, expect Gundy to show some interest and perhaps look to leave Stillwater before his 2013 class is finished.
Bill O'Brien, Penn State
The Jaguars had interest in O'Brien last year and this year the Browns and Eagles liked him a lot. O'Brien still is at Penn State, but for how long will he stay?
He has an NFL background and I believe a day will come where O'Brien will want to try his hand at being a head coach in the league. I'm sure he loves recruiting and digs Penn State, but eventually the NFL may make too strong a push for his services.
Lane Kiffin, USC
Kiffin may be one of the most hated figures in sports and many USC fans are already calling for his job after a debacle of a 2012 season. With the latest news of a locker room fight after the Sun Bowl, Kiffin's approval rating is decreasing by the day.
Plus, Pat Haden didn't hire Kiffin, as he inherited him when hired on as USC's AD. If the Trojans don't have a solid season, then USC probably will be looking for a new coach a year from now.
David Shaw, Stanford
Shaw is a great coach and has done a very good job replacing Jim Harbaugh on The Farm. In fact, he's done such a good job that the NFL will soon enough come gunning for him.
Shaw runs an NFL style offense and is both a great X's and O's coach, as well as a CEO. He loves Stanford, so it'll take a lot to pry him away from there, but if he continues to win, the NFL will be more than willing to open up the checkbook to get him.
That could happen before his 2013 recruiting class achieves its prominent Stanford degrees.
Mack Brown, Texas
Brown may be getting close to heading back to living in North Carolina and relaxing, over the rigors of recruiting and trying to beat Oklahoma for Big 12 titles every year.
This 2013 Texas recruiting class is pretty good, but they could be playing for a different coach by the time their senior year rolls around. Brown has raised Texas' profile to new heights, but over the past few seasons, a plateau seems to have been hit.
I'm sure Brown will be able to dictate his exit whenever he feels it's time, but another sub-par season or two and the retirement talk will heat up.
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.