10 College Football Coaches Who'd Make Great Broadcasters

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 15, 2013

10 College Football Coaches Who'd Make Great Broadcasters

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    Broadcasting seems to be the popular job for former players and coaches who no longer want to be a part of the daily grind. As soon as they retire, media companies begin throwing offers on the table, and it isn't long before you see them on your television set.

    There are coaches in today's game that will eventually end up either calling games or breaking things down in a comfortable studio. However, not everybody can hold a job like this. You must have a great personality, high football intelligence and must bring something to the table that would make people want to pay attention.

    Much like coaching, not everybody is cut out for the broadcasting business. But here are a few of the coaches that would make great broadcasters.

Charlie Weis, Kansas

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    The good thing about having Charlie Weis on here is that he may back into a broadcasting career a lot sooner than expected. If he continues to lose 11 of 12 games and show no signs of improvement, coaching will eventually come to an end.

    Now, before you say he wouldn't be great with a microphone in his face, remember who this guy was brought up under. Weis has had the privilege of working with some of the best, including Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. The success obviously wasn't the same, but he has to be one of the smarter football minds after being able to pick their brains for years.

    Like many sports writers are failed athletes, a lot of coaches turn to talking about the game once coaching is no longer an option for them. Say what you will about Weis, but he could drop some knowledge on us all if you give him a chance.

Darrell Hazell, Purdue

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    Although Darrell Hazell is new to the head coaching scene, he has been around football for quite some time. After spending 25 years as an assistant coach and then leading Kent State to 11 victories last year, you can't say this guy hasn't paid his dues.

    Hazell led Kent State to a bowl game in only his second year as a head coach. That guy deserves a trophy of some sort and should be mentioned at least once a week on ESPN like Tim Tebow is.

    But besides doing the impossible, Hazell comes off as a well-spoken individual and seems like a player's coach. Guys like this usually do well in broadcasting, as they tend to tell it the way it is when up in the booth.

    Combined with Hazell's football experience, the current Purdue head coach has a future career when he decides to hang it up. Unfortunately, at the young age of 49 years old, it may be a long time before that happens.

Jim L. Mora, UCLA

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    Jim L. Mora is more than the head coach who turned the Bruins around in one short season and quickly understood how the recruiting process worked. He is also somebody who speaks his mind and doesn't mind throwing a few shots once he is the mood.

    Mora isn't a head coach that backs down from reporters when a journalist tries to get him riled up. He will let you know how he feels about a rival team, and he doesn't mind having a little fun at others' expense.

    The UCLA head coach was an analyst at one time for the NFL Network and did some work for Fox Sports. The experience is already there, which would help make an effortless transition back to the booth.

    Mora seems like a nice guy who just doesn't put up with any garbage. He would make a great broadcaster once he is done with the Bruins.

Les Miles, LSU

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    Do you need to be reminded about Les Miles' press conferences? If so, here you are.

    There are few coaches you would pay to hang out with, but Miles should be near the top of that short list. Not because he seems fun to spend a day with, but because you are never quite sure how he'll react or what will come out of his mouth next. That is scary for a potential media company, but it's absolutely fabulous for us viewers.

    Miles is like the Yogi Berra of college football. You aren't quite sure what he just said, and you may not understand it, but you are fascinated by the mystery and can't wait for the next awkward moment to take place.

    Miles would be comedy gold as a broadcaster.

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

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    Brian Kelly is one of the smartest guys in college football. No, not just on the gridiron, but overall, he could go toe-to-toe with you on many different topics.

    With a degree in political science and time spent in politics, Kelly is extremely sharp and could have had a successful career in many different fields.

    Broadcasting would be one of them.

    Kelly is somebody who always seems prepared and won't ramble around a question. He is quick on his feet and is a terrific speaker. After all, he was considering a career as a politician.

    There are too many broadcasters that just talk to talk. Kelly would actually get to the point and provide substance with what he says.

Urban Meyer, Ohio State

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    Urban Meyer is one of those coaches that you either love or can't stand. The reason for that has a lot to do with winning a ton of games.

    Turning every program he's been at into a winner, Meyer has already put himself in the conversation as one of the best at what he does. You don't become this great without knowing the game and being a student of your craft.

    Meyer only spent one year with ESPN, but he was wonderful as an analyst, breaking down film. He even talked the Oregon offense with former Ducks coach Chip Kelly.

    Meyer comes off as a guy who can talk football all day every day and actually enjoy it. He would be a great broadcaster once he feels another leave of absence coming on.

Nick Saban, Alabama

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    Nick Saban is like the Bill Belichick of college football. Not because they both win all the time, but because you rarely hear anything from either of them. Both are two brilliant football minds who would rather not speak to the media and keep most of their secrets sealed shut in a dungeon somewhere.

    There are plenty of reasons why Saban has been so successful, but a lot of it just comes down to being a student of the game and putting in relentless work. The Alabama coach prepares for every little possible scenario and has about 30 backup plans in case plan F doesn't pan out. He treats every game like it's his last and wants every play, block and step to be absolutely perfect.

    It isn't very often somebody can pick Saban's brain. Whether you like him or not, hopefully he will give us that honor once he is done with his coaching career.

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

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    Kevin Sumlin just gets it.

    Whether it's letting Johnny Manziel be himself or bringing a DJ to a scrimmage, Sumlin is the ultimate players coach and is quite hip. His personality is what young guys can relate to, but he is able to balance things out by being a tough-nosed coach on the field.

    That balance of being a hard worker and still being able to have fun makes Sumlin an interesting coach these days. There are too many guys running around all serious and seemingly unapproachable and unfriendly. 

    Sumlin is a different breed of a head coach. He seems like he could lighten up the broadcast booth and add a nice change of scenery.

Mike Leach, Washington State

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    Mike Leach is somebody who doesn't take himself too serious and usually is one of the more exciting interviews in college football. He is quick on his feet and tries his best to lighten things up by throwing in a few jokes when given the opportunity.

    Leach is an interesting guy who has kind of changed the way college football is played with his quick-tempo offense that many schools are starting to go with.

    A brilliant mind who has received a bad rap for what happened at Texas Tech, Leach would provide great insight to what's happening on the field. Because of his high football intelligence, he would have little problem finding a job as a broadcaster.

    The current Washington State coach worked for the CBS College Sports Network for a little while and also did some radio on SiriusXM. Leach is a coach you could learn something from.

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

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    Was there any question about Steve Spurrier?

    By far the best interview in college football, Spurrier doesn't hold his tongue for anybody and gets a kick out of stirring the pot. He's stood up to writers when needed and usually always provides quotables when media day comes around. Last year, it was Ole Miss that was the butt of his jokes.

    Maybe Spurrier would tone things done a bit if he was given a broadcasting job, but hopefully he would continue to have the personality that everybody has grown to love over the years. You can dislike him for many reasons, but there is no question the ratings would go through the roof if Spurrier had a microphone in front of him on a consistent basis.