Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dan McCarney is the winningest (and losingest) coach in Iowa State history. Larry Coker won the 2001 BCS title with Miami (Fla.). Terry Bowden won a pair of SEC division titles at Auburn. And Dennis Franchione posted nine-win seasons at four different FBS schools, including Alabama and Texas A&M.
None of those men are coaching in major conferences nowadays, though, as each got booted out by schools that expected more and weren't willing to wait for past success to come back slowly.
Instead, each of those coaches are at schools on the lower end of the FBS, and they're doing quite fine, thanks for asking.
McCarney, now at North Texas, led the Mean Green to its first bowl appearance since 2004, and one on New Year's Day at that, beating UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Coker got the UTSA program started a few years ago, and this season had the Roadrunners finish 7-5 in their final year transitioning to the FBS.
Franchione, back at Texas State where he coached in the early 1990s, got his 200th career win while the Bobcats went 6-6 as they finished up FBS transition. And Bowden, now at Akron, went 5-7 with the Zips to give that school its best record since 2008.