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Each BCS Head Coach's Most Important Assistant

Alex CallosCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

Each BCS Head Coach's Most Important Assistant

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    While head coaches all over college football get most of the credit, the assistants are the ones doing a lot of the work. Some coaches may have more assistants to choose from than others, but every BCS head coach has an assistant he considers to be his most important.

    Some of these talented assistants are new to the coaching game, and nearly ready to step up into a head coaching role, while others are former head coaches finishing up an already successful career.

    No matter what team it is, there are assistant coaches who are relied on heavily to do an excellent job.

    Here is the most important assistant coach on every BCS team, in alphabetical order.

    *Notre Dame is included with the BCS teams

Alabama Crimson Tide: Kirby Smart, Defensive Coordinator

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    Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has recently had his name surface as a candidate for the same position for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Smart has been at Alabama since 2007 and the defensive coordinator since 2008.

    While there is certainly plenty of talent on defense for Smart to work with, he has done much better than anticipated during his time in Tuscaloosa.

    Head coach Nick Saban certainly relies heavily on this guy.

Arizona Wildcats: Calvin Magee, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs

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    A lot of assistant coaches have a tendency to follow head coaches around. Arizona co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee has been coaching under Rich Rodriguez since his days at West Virginia.

    He then followed Rodriguez to Michigan and served as his offensive coordinator for three seasons before spending a year at Pittsburgh and ending up at Arizona with Rodriguez.

    No doubt he is the most trusted of the assistants on the Arizona staff.

Arizona State Sun Devils: Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

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    Paul Randolph has followed Arizona State head coach Todd Graham around in recent years.

    The 2012 season was their first at Arizona State, and it was a very successful year as the Sun Devils posted an 8-5 record including a victory in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

    In 2011, they were together in Pittsburgh. He also coached under Graham at Tulsa and Rice. He has certainly been Graham's right-hand man for the past decade.

Arkansas Razorbacks: Taver Johnson, Cornerbacks

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    Taver Johnson is an up and coming head coach who acted as the associate head coach for the Razorbacks after the Bobby Petrino fiasco.

    He spent five seasons at Ohio State coaching cornerbacks and has helped produce some very talented players over the years.

    Even though he has never coached under new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, he will be a very important holdover to help Bielema in the coming years.

Auburn Tigers: Rodney Garner, Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line

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    Rodney Garner spurned Georgia to accept a position at Auburn just over a month ago, and he will be sorely missed in Athens.

    He was the recruiting coordinator and also the assistant head coach while coaching the defensive line.

    Garner will definitely make a difference in the Auburn staff, and new head coach Gus Malzahn has a good one in Garner as he returns to his alma mater.

Baylor Bears: Philip Montgomery, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Philip Montgomery is another assistant who has followed a head coach around. He has been serving under Art Briles for the past 14 seasons and has done a magnificent job during that time.

    He has produced a Top Five offense each of the past two seasons, including Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in 2011.

    This season, he helped Baylor put together an offense that was much better than expected, led by quarterback Nick Florence.

Boston College Eagles: Todd Fitch, Wide Receivers

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    The Eagles just lost defensive coordinator Bill McGovern to the Philadelphia Eagles staff and will now have another coach to replace after offensive line coach and running game coordinator Jim Bollman has left for Purdue.

    Couple that with offensive coordinator Doug Martin going back to New Mexico State and it has been a rough offseason.

    While the staff of the Eagles has not been that great recently, the most important assistant for Frank Spaziani is wide receivers coach Todd Fitch.

    Fitch has just accepted the position after spending three seasons as the offensive coordinator for South Florida.

California Golden Bears: Tony Franklin, Offensive Coordinator

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    Tony Franklin is following new California head coach Sonny Dykes from Louisiana Tech out West to take over the same position at California.

    Over the past three years, he has been the offensive coordinator for a Louisiana Tech team that has scored its fair share of points. 

    In 2012, the Bulldogs led the country, averaging over 52 points a game. Franklin was one of the main reasons for that.

    He also spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Auburn from 2007-2008.

Cincinnati Bearcats: Eddie Gran, Offensive Coordinator

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    Eddie Gran has been coaching at the collegiate level for 26 years and was hired by new Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville to run his offense in 2013.

    During the past three seasons, Gran was the running backs coach at Florida State and also served as the associate head coach and special teams coordinator.

    Before arriving at Florida State, he spent 10 years at Auburn and five more at Tennessee.

    There is no question that his experience will be a huge benefit to the Bearcats in 2013 and beyond.

Clemson Tigers: Chad Morris, Offensive Coordinator

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    As the offensive coordinator of Clemson over the past two years, Chad Morris has helped to create one of the best offenses in the country.

    After spending one year at Tulsa as the offensive coordinator in 2010, he arrived at Clemson and appears to be on his way to a head coaching position in the coming years.

    For right now, he is the most important assistant on the staff of head coach Dabo Swinney and is getting paid that way too.

Colorado Buffaloes: Brian Lindgren, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks

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    Colorado is another team undergoing a complete transition in its coaching staff with new head coach Mike MacIntyre bringing six new coaches in from San Jose State.

    Lindgren was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State and one of the most sought after quarterback coaches in the entire country.

    He helped lead a San Jose State offense that averaged nearly 35 points a game and won 11 games on the year.

    In 2013, he will be relied on even more heavily by MacIntryre now that they are in the Pac-12.

Connecticut Huskies: Hank Hughes Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line

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    Hank Hughes has been a mainstay in the Connecticut program. He will be entering his 13th season with the Huskies and has helped produce some very talented players on the defensive line.

    He has served various functions for Connecticut, including the defensive coordinator and helped lead a defensive line that ranked fourth in the country in rushing yards allowed in 2011.

    Even with the coaching changes, he has stuck around continues to produce solid defenses every year.

Duke Blue Devils: Jim Knowles, Defensive Coordinator

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    Jim Knowles has been on the Duke coaching staff since 2009, serving as its defensive coordinator. Before that, he was the head coach at Cornell for six seasons. 

    Like a lot of other assistants on the list, he spent time with his head coach at a different program. Knowles was on the staff with David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss in 2003.

    While the Duke defense had its ups and downs this season, the program had its best season in quite some time, reaching a bowl game.

Florida Gators: Bryant Young, Defensive Line

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    The Florida defense was one of the best in the country in 2012, and part of the reason for that success was the play of the defensive line.

    Defensive line coach Bryant Young played a large role in that. While he might not be as polished as some of the other coaches on the staff, he has the potential to be a head coach some day.

    He is relatively young and has had a ton of success as a player. He will continue to grow in importance for head coach Will Muschamp over the coming years.

Florida State Seminoles: Jeremy Pruitt, Defensive Coordinator

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    With the departure of former defensive coordinator Mike Stoops to the vacant head coaching position at Kentucky, the Seminoles had to find themselves a defensive coordinator. 

    They did just that with the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt from Alabama. Pruitt has spent the past three seasons as the secondary coach for the Crimson Tide.

    Needless to say, he has coached some of the best talent in college football, and there have been few positions in college football stronger than the Alabama secondary over the past few years.

    Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has a good one in Pruitt.

Georgia Bulldogs: Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator

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    According to Derrick Gunn of CSN, there is news surrounding Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham concerning the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator job. For right now, though, he is still with the Bulldogs.

    Grantham was in the NFL from 1999-2009 and could find a job there again soon. Over the past three seasons, he has been the defensive coordinator for Georgia.

    He has already been a coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and is relied on heavily by Mark Richt to run the very talented Georgia defense.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Brian Bohannon, Quarterbacks/B-Backs Coach

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    Brian Bohannon has been following Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson around for 17 seasons, and the 2013 season will be their sixth together with the Yellow Jackets.

    He has helped create a rushing attack that is one of the most dominant in the country. The triple-option offense led the country in rushing in 2010, before finishing second in 2011 and fourth in 2012.

    There is no question that Bohannon has potential to move up in the college football world.

Illinois Fighting Illini: Tim Banks, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

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    Tim Banks joined Tim Beckman at Illinois for the 2012 season after spending time in Cincinnati under Butch Jones.

    He has improved defenses everywhere he has gone, and while it might take some time at Illinois, he will have no problem getting this team headed in the right direction in the coming years.

    Banks has also spent time at Central Michigan, Maryland, Memphis and Bowling Green over the past 15 years.

Indiana Hoosiers: Doug Mallory, Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/S

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    Doug Mallory has a lot of names in his job title. He serves as the head coach, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

    While Indiana has not had a lot of success over the years, they were better in 2013 and continue to improve under head coach Kevin Wilson.

    Mallory is a very experienced assistant coach who has 25 years of collegiate experience, including stints with Army, Western Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma State, LSU and New Mexico.

Iowa Hawkeyes: Reese Morgan, Defensive Line

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    Reese Morgan has been a staple at Iowa for 14 years now but spent most of them tutoring the offensive line.

    He switched to the defensive line last season in rather surprising fashion.

    During his time coaching the offensive line, he has helped produce some of the most talented linemen in the country, including the likes of Riley Reiff, Bryan Bulaga, Robert Gallery, Eric Steinbach and many others.

    The local guy symbolizes Iowa more than any other coach in the program.

Iowa State Cyclones: Bill Bleil, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

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    Bill Bleil has been working with Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads for quite some time. The two were together at Pacific and Pittsburgh before coming to Iowa State in 2009. 

    Together, he and Rhoads have taken Iowa State to bowl games each of the past two seasons.

    Bleil has also served as the head coach of Western Carolina.

    He is a trusted member of the Iowa State coaching staff.

Kansas Jayhawks: Rob Ianello, Recruiting Coordinator, Wide Receivers

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    Rob Ianello is, perhaps, best known for his two seasons as the Akron head coach. Even though his teams only went a combined 2-22 during that time, he is now a part of the Kansas staff and will bring valuable experience.

    He will help head coach Charlie Weis with the recruiting responsibilities and will be beneficial to have for the Jayhawks.

    No doubt, he is overqualified for the position, as he served as the interim head coach at Notre Dame between Charlie Weis and Brian Kelly.

Kansas State Wildcats: Del Miller, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Del Miller has spent 16 seasons at Kansas State, and even though he has not always had the most talent in the world to work with, he has done plenty with the players he has been given.

    Miller helped mold quarterbacks such as Collin Klein. While he has spent 16 seasons with the program, those years have come in four stints.

    He has been to six bowl games at Kansas State and is a 30-year veteran of the collegiate ranks. There is no doubt that he is an assistant relied on heavily by head coach Bill Snyder.

Kentucky Wildcats: Neal Brown, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Neal Brown came to Kentucky from Texas Tech and was hired by new head coach Mark Stoops. He served the same position at Texas Tech each of the past three seasons and had a lot of success doing it.

    Things will be a little different at Kentucky, but if anybody can help turn the program around, this is the guy to get it started on offense.

    He is a former wide receiver for Kentucky and will have a good sense for the program to help out Stoops and the new coaching staff.

Louisville Cardinals: Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator

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    There are few defensive coordinators in the country who have had more success over the past few seasons than Vance Bedford.

    Head coach Charlie Strong brought a defensive mind to Louisville when he left the Florida program, and Bedford certainly fits that mold.

    He has spent 19 seasons as an assistant coach, including two years coaching cornerbacks at Florida before moving with Strong to Louisville.

    Look for this guy to get a head coaching gig sometime soon.

LSU Tigers: John Chavis, Defensive Coordinator

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    John Chavis is another solid defensive coordinator and in 2011 won the Broyles National Assistant Coach of the Year award.

    He has spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator for LSU and has produced and sent multiple players to the NFL every year over that span.

    His defenses have been some of the best in the country since his arrival at LSU.

    No question that this is the go-to guy for Les Miles.

Maryland Terrapins: Mike Locksley, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Mike Locksley brings a wealth of experience to the Maryland program as he was the head coach of New Mexico from 2009-2011.

    Even though he did not have much success in that role, winning only two games in two-and-a-half seasons, he has accomplished a lot in his 20 years as a coach. 

    Locksley has spent time at Army, Florida and Illinois among other schools before becoming the head coach at New Mexico.

Miami Hurricanes: Mario Cristobal, Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends

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    Like a few other names on the list, Mario Cristobal has head coaching experience and brings a lot to the Miami program as he returns to the Hurricanes.

    He is the assistant head coach and will also be coaching the tight ends.

    Cristobal was the head coach at Florida International from 2007-2012. He was fired after posting a 27-47 record during that span.

    The Miami native will be a big help to the Hurricanes program in the coming years.

Michigan Wolverines: Curt Mallory, Secondary

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    Curt Mallory has spent the past two seasons coaching the Michigan secondary and has also been a defensive coordinator at Akron as well as Illinois.

    The secondary was a weak point for the Wolverines before Mallory arrived, and he has helped turn it into one of the strong suits of the defense.

    He has helped develop some players many did not think had the talent, such as safety Jordan Kovacs.

    No question that Mallory is a valuable asset to the Michigan program.

Michigan State Spartans: Pat Narduzzi, Defensive Coordinator

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    Pat Narduzzi is one of the most high-profile defensive coordinators in the country and has spent the past six seasons at Michigan State with Mark Dantonio.

    Before arriving at Michigan State, Narduzzi excelled at Cincinnati for three seasons with Mark Dantiono and had the same position at Miami (OH) for a year before that.

    There is no question that he has paid his dues on defense, and everywhere he has gone, the defense has had success.

    Dantonio relies heavily on Narduzzi and his talented defense.

Minnesota Golden Gophers: Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator

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    Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys has had a lot of success since his arrival in 2010. He helped the Gophers get off to a 4-0 start en route to a bowl game and a six-win season.

    He has followed Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill around for the past 15 years, and he has produced everywhere he has been. 

    There are definitely good things to come for this defense with Claeys running the show.

Mississippi State Bulldogs: Les Koenning, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Les Koenning has been all over the place as far as the football landscape is concerned. He began his coaching career way back in 1981 as an assistant with the Texas Longhorns.

    After stops in Alabama, Southwestern Louisiana, Mississippi State, Rice, Duke, Texas A&M, Miami Dolphins, Houston, TCU, Alabama (again) and Texas A&M, he finds himself back at Mississippi State.

    Head coach Dan Mullen hired him when he arrived at Mississippi State, and they have had a lot of success, particularly over the past three seasons.

Missouri Tigers: Andy Hill, Associate Head Coach/Quarterback

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    Andy Hill has been at Missouri for 17 seasons and is the most tenured coach in the program. He has worked the past 12 years under current head coach Gary Pinkel.

    Hill was recently promoted to his position after the 2012 season. He coached the wide receivers from 1996 to 2009 and added the tight end group from 2009-2012.

    The Tigers did struggle in all facets of the game last season, and Hill will be a big part of the offense next season as Pinkel showed a lot of trust by promoting him.

Nebraska Cornhuskers: Tim Beck, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Tim Beck was the man behind the best offense in the Big Ten in 2012 and also helped immensely in the development of quarterback Taylor Martinez.

    He made the necessary adjustments when starting running back Rex Burkhead went out with an injury, and the Cornhuskers offense did not miss a beat.

    It was his second season in the position, and he is a rising assistant with quite an offensive mind whom Bo Pelini is very fortunate to have.

North Carolina Tar Heels: Blake Anderson, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Blake Anderson will be entering his sixth season with North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. Before arriving in Chapel Hill, the two were together at Southern Miss.

    The mastermind behind the excellent offenses that Fedora has always had is offensive coordinator Blake Anderson.

    Anderson also does an excellent job working with the quarterbacks as has been displayed by the success of Bryn Renner.

North Carolina State Wolfpack: Dana Bible, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Dana Bible has had a lot of success in his coaching career. He has had stops in Cincinnati, Miami (OH), San Diego State, Stanford and Boston College before arriving at NC State.

    He was also the quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1990-1992 and the offensive coordinator in 1994. Bible was also the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998.

    Bible has spent the past six seasons at North Carolina State in various fashions, including interim head coach for the bowl game this past season.

    New head coach Dave Doeren has a good one in Bible.

Northwestern Wildcats: Mike McCall, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Mike McCall will be entering his sixth season at Northwestern, and he has produced some all conference performers at the quarterback position under his tutelage.

    The group continues to improve each year, and that has equated to success for Northwestern.

    McCall is a wily veteran. He has been coaching at the collegiate level since 1979, and there is no question that he is the go-to guy for head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Notre Dame : Bob Diaco, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

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    Bob Diaco originally met up with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during Kelly's final year in Cincinnati.

    He served as the defensive coordinator and then followed Kelly to Notre Dame. There is no question that he has excelled in his role and grown every season.

    The culmination of that success was 2012, as Notre Dame was propelled to the national championship by its defense.

    Before joining Cincinnati, Diaco served as the linebacker and special teams coach for Virginia from 2006-2008.

Ohio State Buckeyes: Everett Withers, Defensive Coordinator

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    Everett Withers spent the 2011 season as the interim head coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels, before joining up with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer in 2012.

    Meyer has a plethora of talented assistant coaches, and Withers is just one of them.

    He brings a wealth of experience to the program having been a defensive coordinator for Louisville, Minnesota and North Carolina. He also has spent time in the NFL with New Orleans and Tennessee.

    Withers was instrumental in helping to turn around the Ohio State defense by the end of the 2012 season.

Oklahoma: Mike Stoops, Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coord./Defensive Backs

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    Bob Stoops hired brother Mike after he was fired from his head coaching job at Arizona in 2011.

    Stoops resumed the position he held from 1999-2003 at Oklahoma with a little more responsibility this time around.

    He has been an assistant at Iowa and Kansas State in addition to his time as a head coach with the Arizona Wildcats from 2004-2011.

    There is nothing like a little brotherly love, and Bob always has his brother Mike to lean on when he really needs him.

Oklahoma State Cowboys: Van Malone, Assistant Coach/Safeties

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    Van Malone has not been a coach for very long, having played in the NFL from 1994-1997.

    He has had stints at North Texas, Texas A&M and Tulsa before arriving at Oklahoma State in 2012. He is the assistant coach and also mentors the safeties.

    Malone has a style that makes forcing turnovers the name of the game. He employed that tactic at Tulsa, and in 2010, his group led the country with 24 picks. 

    He will continue to grow into his role and become a guy Mike Gundy can continue to rely on more.

Ole Miss Rebels: Dan Werner, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks

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    Dan Werner just joined the staff of head coach Hugh Freeze before the 2012 season, and it was certainly a successful campaign.

    The two served together on the Ole Miss staff from 2006-2007. Before that, Werner was at Miami for two stints that totaled eight seasons.

    He directed some excellent offenses and developed some outstanding quarterbacks.

    Werner continues to be successful everywhere he goes, and that certainly showed in 2012 with a seven-win season and an offense that averaged 31.5 points a game.

Oregon Ducks: Nick Aliotti, Defensive Coordinator

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    Nick Alioti certainly does not have an easy job by any stretch of the imagination. Even though the Oregon offense puts up enough points to make any defensive coordinator happy, they certainly do not make it easy on the defense by scoring so quick.

    Then again, he has had plenty of time to get used to it, having served as the defensive coordinator in Eugene since 1999.

    He has had a very successful coaching tenure and did an amazing job in 2012, helping to lead Oregon to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.

Oregon State Beavers: Mark Banker, Defensive Coordinator

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    Mark Banker is another coach on this list that has spent at lot of time at his school.

    He has been serving as the defensive coordinator at Oregon State since 2003 and will be entering his 11th season in the program.

    Banker helped orchestrate a defense that was excellent last season, only allowing 20.6 points a game.

    Before the year, head coach Mike Riley was on the hot seat, and Banker certainly helped him get off it with the success of the defense.

Penn State Nittany Lions: Stan Hixon, Wide Receivers

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    Stan Hixon has been all over the place during his coaching tenure, and before arriving at Penn State in 2012, he was the wide receivers coach for the Washington Redskins from 2004-2010 and the Buffalo Bills from 2010-2012.

    He had a major impact for head coach Bill O'Brien in the passing game and helped in the development of wide receiver Allen Robinson.

    At the collegiate level, he has also coached South Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and LSU. There's plenty of experience with this guy.

Pittsburgh: Joe Rudolph, Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends

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    Before arriving at Pittsburgh, Joe Rudolph was with Panthers head coach Paul Chryst at Wisconsin.

    There, he served as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. He took the promotion and came with Chryst to run the Panthers offense.

    He also served on the Ohio State staff from 2004-2005 and as the tight ends coach at Nebraska in 2007 before coming to Wisconsin.

    Odds are he will be with Chryst for years to come.

Purdue Boilermakers: Jim Bollman, Offensive Line

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    One assistant who has been impressive during his days as a coach is Jim Bollman. He has just bolted Boston College to take over the same position at Purdue.

    Bollman spent a decade running the Ohio State offense under Jim Tressel and helped the Buckeyes produce seven 10-win seasons during his 11 years in Columbus.

    This will be his first year in this position at Purdue after spending the 2012 season with Boston College. It will be his 33rd at the collegiate level.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Robb Smith, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

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    Robb Smith was promoted to defensive coordinator when Kyle Flood took over the head coaching duties in 2012.

    Before that, he served all over the defensive side of the ball, including the linebackers in 2009, secondary in 2010 and on special teams in 2011.

    During his first season as the defensive coordinator, the Scarlet Knights put together a nine-win season and had a defense that ranked fourth in the country, allowing only 14.2 points a game.

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier Jr, Co-Offensie Coordinator/Wide Receivers

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    In addition to these two roles, Steve Spurrier Jr. also serves as the recruiting coordinator under his father.

    He will be entering his eighth season with the Gamecocks and has coached a lot of talented receivers during his time with South Carolina including Sydney Rice and Alshon Jeffery among others.

    This was his first season serving as the co-offensive coordinator for South Carolina, and he continues to move up the assistant coaching ranks.

    That will likely continue in the future.

South Florida Bulls: Walt Wells, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

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    Walt Wells is in his first year on the South Florida staff after spending 10 seasons at Western Kentucky.

    He came over from the Hilltoppers with new Bulls head coach Willie Taggart. Even though he has never served in the offensive coordinator role at the FBS level, Taggart obviously has a lot of trust in him, by giving him the position at a Big East school.

    It will be interesting to see how he translates to the big time.

Stanford Cardinal: Derek Mason, Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

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    Derek Mason took over the defensive coordinator position at Stanford when current head coach Derek Mason was promoted to his position in 2011.

    Before that he served as the secondary coach in 2010. Last season, Mason was the man behind a defense that was one of the best in the country, only allowing 17.2 points a game which ranked 11th in the country.

    Mason has served all over the country as he has spent time at Utah, St. Mary's College, New Mexico State, Ohio and a stint in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.

Syracuse Orange: Chuck Bullough, Defensive Coordinator

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    Chuck Bullough will be entering his first year on the Syracuse staff, as he spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

    He has been a coach since 1997 when he served as an assistant at Michigan State.

    On the collegiate level, he has also coached at Western Michigan and UCLA, while also spending time in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. 

    Bullough brings a wealth of experience to a brand new Syracuse coaching staff.

TCU Horned Frogs: Jarrett Anderson, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs

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    Jarrett Anderson has been a staple with the TCU program for going on 16 seasons and has been serving as the co-offensive coordinator since 2009.

    While he is currently the running back coach as well, he has also served as the wide receiver coach in previous seasons.

    The TCU offense continues to be successful, and even though the 2012 season was not what Anderson was expecting, the group should be better next season when key players return to the fold.

Temple Owls: Phil Snow, Defensive Coordinator

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    Temple is just another of the many college football teams undergoing a head coaching change.

    New head coach Mark Rhule has just hired Phil Snow as his defensive coordinator for the 2013 season.

    Snow spent the past three seasons in the same position at Eastern Michigan and coached with Rhule on the UCLA staff in 2001.

    This was another instance of a coach bringing in "his guy" to help out.

Tennessee Volunteers: Mike Bajakian, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has brought a lot of his staff from Cincinnati to Tennessee including both of his coordinators.

    His main man is offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian. Bajakian was with Jones for three seasons at Central Michigan before the two spent three more years together in Cincinnati.

    Before that, Bajakian spent time with the Chicago Bears in the NFL.

    It will be interesting to see how the two do now that they are in the SEC.

Texas Longhorns: Major Applewhite, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite is best remembered for what he did on the field but has had a lot of success as an assistant coach in recent years.

    For the past five seasons, he has assumed different responsibilities at Texas, but before that, he quickly rose up the coaching ranks.

    Applewhite began in 2002 as a graduate assistant with the Longhorns before spending time with Syracuse, Rice and Alabama.

    He is certainly close to a head coaching position some day soon.

Texas A&M Aggies: Mark Snyder,Defensive Coordinator

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    Mark Snyder is a very talented defensive coordinator who has quickly helped turn Texas A&M into a very talented defense.

    He arrived at Texas A&M in 2012. Head coach Kevin Sumlin brought him in to run the defense, and he did not disappoint in his first season.

    Before his arrival in College Station, he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at South Florida. Snyder has also spent time at Central Florida, Youngstown State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Marshall.

Texas Tech Red Raiders: Sonny Cumbie, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Outside Receivers

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    With the quick exit of Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are looking at an almost completely different staff in 2013.

    The only man returning will be Sonny Cumbie. That makes him very important to new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

    Cumbie arrived at Texas Tech in 2008 as a graduate assistant during the Mike Leach regime. After two years, he became the wide receivers coach and held that position until being promoted by Kingsbury.

UCLA Bruins: Noel Mazzone, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Noel Mazzone became offensive coordinator at UCLA when Jim Mora Jr. took over the head coaching job, and he brings a wealth of experience as an offensive coordinator.

    During his 33 years as a coach, he has been the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, Auburn, Oregon State, North Carolina State, Arizona State and now UCLA.

    He also had a stint as the wide receivers coach with the New York Jets from 2006-2008.

    Certainly an excellent hire for Jim Mora Jr.

USC Trojans: Kennedy Polamalu, Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach

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    Kennedy Polamalu knows a lot about offense and the running back position. He has been in his position at USC since 2010, and has had the opportunity to coach some very talented players.

    Before arriving at South Carolina, Polamalu served on various staffs including San Diego State and Colorado at the collegiate level.

    He also spent time in the NFL with Jacksonville and Cleveland.

    Certainly a guy head coach Lane Kiffin can rely on.

Utah Utes: Brian Johnson, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Brian Johnson was an excellent player just a few years ago at Utah, as he led the Utes to a 2009 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and a 13-0 season.

    After graduating from Utah, he jumped right into the coaching ranks and has quickly moved up. During his first two seasons, he was the quarterbacks coach in Utah before being promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2012 season.

    At only 25 years of age, he is well on his way to being an extremely young head coach a few years from now. Head coach Kyle Whittingham has a good one in Johnson.

Vanderbilt Commodores: Bob Shoop, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

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    Credit for turning around the Vanderbilt football program can be given to head coach James Franklin, but he has had some assistants help him out along the way.

    One of those coaches he has relied on has been defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. Shoop will be entering his third season in the position. The defense continues to improve his leadership.

    He has been a defensive coordinator at Yale, Villanova and William and Mary before arriving in Nashville.

Virginia Cavaliers: Jon Tenuta, Defensive Coordinator

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    Even though he is brand new to the university, defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta is the most important coach on the staff of Mike London.

    He brings a wealth of experience to the program, having been on the staff at Georgia Tech and then Notre Dame.

    Before being hired by London and Virginia, he served as the linebackers coach at North Carolina State.

    The Virginia Cavaliers had a rather disappointing season and some changes were necessary. Getting Tenuta seems like a solid move by the university.

Virginia Tech Hokies: Scott Loeffler, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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    Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has made a few changes to his coaching staff, including the hiring of Scot Loeffler as his offensive coordinator.

    Loeffler has quickly moved up the coaching ranks since he was a graduate assistant at Michigan in 1996. He then became the quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan, Michigan, in the NFL with the Lions and at Florida.

    In 2011, he became the Temple offensive coordinator and assumed the same role in 2012 with Auburn.

    He is very important to Beamer because of the impact he could have on talented quarterback Logan Thomas.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Billy Mitchell, Associate Head Coach/Running Backs

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    Few coaches have spent as much time with one coach as Billy Mitchell has with Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe.

    The two have been together for 27 seasons, and Mitchell is in his 31st as a coach.

    He spent nine years with Grobe at Air Force, six at Ohio and the past 12 years at Wake Forest.

    No doubt Grobe has a lot of trust in this guy, and that continues to grow.

Washington Huskies: Justin Wilcox, Offensive Coordinator

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    Justin Wilcox became the Washington defensive coordinator before the 2012 season began, and the group improved, ranking 39th in the country while allowing 24.2 points a game.

    Before coming to Washington, Wilcox ran the Tennessee defense and had plenty of success. He is a relatively young coach and began his tenure at Boise State as a graduate assistant in 2001.

    He then became the linebackers coach at California from 2003-2005.

Washington State Cougars: Mike Breske, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

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    Mike Breske joined the Washington State staff in 2012 when Mike Leach came to town. He has valuable coaching experience, having spent the previous two seasons in the same position at Montana.

    From 2003-2008, Breske was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Wyoming.

    Breske has spent a lot of his coaching career in the northwest and will continue to be a valuable asset to Mike Leach in coming years.

West Virginia Mountaineers: Shannon Dawson, Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers

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    Not many offenses in the country were more productive in 2012 than West Virginia's, excelling at the wide receiver position.

    That was thanks in large part to a ton of talent but also some coaching.

    Shannon Dawson assumed the position before the 2012 season after coaching the inside receivers in 2011.

    He is an excellent offensive mind who has produced huge numbers over the past few years at West Virginia. Head coach Dana Holgorsen has a good one in Dawson.

Wisconsin Badgers: Dave Aranda, Defensive Cordinator/Linebackers

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    New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has brought some of his coaches from Utah State to Madison, and one of those guys is defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

    Aranda spent a year at Utah State, leading a defense that ranked seventh in the country, only allowing 15.4 points a game.

    Before that, he spent four years at Hawai'i, two as the defensive line coach and two as the defensive coordinator. 

    The Wisconsin defense is in good hands with Aranda.

     

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