Coaches Who Are Next in Line for SEC Head Coaching Jobs
The SEC has the toughest competition in college football, so the pressure on the head coaches to succeed has reached senseless levels. Just last season there were four SEC coaches fired and that doesn't mean changes are going to slow down anytime soon. Others will be shown the door if they can’t seem to get the job done in a timely manner.
There are plenty of young coordinators out there who appear to be destined to take on new challenges in the SEC. Whether they have any head coaching experience or not, guys who can recruit well and carry themselves a certain way could bring success to a lucky school in this conference.
Here are five coaches who could soon find themselves head coaching an SEC program.
Chad Morris, Clemson OC
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Dabo Swinney has done a nice job of turning around Clemson, but none of it would have been possible without Chad Morris at offensive coordinator. From his days with Tulsa and now with the Tigers, Morris consistently helps his teams put up video game numbers offensively.
Although the money is great and Clemson can continue to take steps as a program, Morris is young enough and successful to the point he will be a head coach sooner than later.
Growing up and spending most his coaching career in Texas, Morris can tap into remarkable recruiting territory. While seeing him as an eventual replacement for Mack Brown isn't out of the question, Morris will receive plenty of offers from SEC powerhouses.
Mario Cristobal, Alabama OL Coach
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Mario Cristobal is somebody who could be head coaching in the SEC right this very second. Leading a school like FIU to two straight bowl games in only his fourth and fifth years of coaching, Cristobal has earned his stripes in a short amount of time. When you combine the fact that Nick Saban brought him on board, he is clearly a coach who many believe in.
Cristobal has spent majority of his life in the Miami area and knows SEC territory like the back of his hand. His recruiting ability is top-notch and he coaches with high intensity.
Someone players would love to play for, you get the feeling that Cristobal won't be an assistant for very long.
Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State DC
It wasn't long ago when Jeremy Pruitt was an assistant coach at the high school level. Fast forward a few years and he’s coaching defenses for Alabama and Florida State. The drastic leap in a short amount of time just goes to show how quickly Pruitt has made a name for himself.
Pruitt played football for Middle Tennessee and Alabama back in the mid-90s. He was a graduate assistant for the Tide back in 1997 and coached the famous Hoover High School football team in Alabama for a couple of years. Although he is fresh on the Florida State coaching staff, Pruitt has also made an impact recruiting, as he was named the Scout recruiter of the year in the ACC.
Pruitt is a hard-working coach who is also aggressive with his play calls. The SEC will be waiting for him once he is done getting his feet wet at the college level.
Brent Pease, Florida OC
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Brent Pease has built a reputation of being a creative offensive coordinator over the years. With his work at schools such as Boise State and now Florida, the 48-year-old assistant coach will soon bolt for the sidelines.
Pease has experience coaching in the SEC, as he spent a couple seasons with Kentucky, and is now entering his second year with the Gators. After just one season under Will Muschamp, Pease entered the rumor mill for the Kentucky coaching vacancy.
The current offensive coordinator has the name and the offensive creativity to become a head coach within a couple of years. People want to see if he will be able to hack it as a head coach. There is no better place to do that than finding a job in the SEC.
Kirby Smart, Alabama DC
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Alabama is doing anything and everything it can to keep Kirby Smart around just a little while longer. His recent contract makes him the highest paid defensive coordinator, and he has been Nick Saban's right hand man for many years.
However, it is only a matter of time before Smart spreads his wings and takes on the task of being a head coach. Born in Alabama and playing for the Georgia Bulldogs, it is safe to say Smart is destined to coach a program in the SEC due to his roots.
Consistently considered one of the best assistant coaches in the country, Smart could have any head coaching position that opens up. With his knowledge of defense and familiarity with SEC territory, he will soon be competing against Saban on Saturdays.