Top 10 College Football Head Coaches Who Never Played

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Top 10 College Football Head Coaches Who Never Played
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Some think you can't know football without having played football: that you had to have stuck your hand in the dirt to understand what you're seeing when you watch others do it.

Ten FBS head coaches would beg to differ.

That is not a particularly high number in proportion, given there will be 128 teams in college football next season, but it's high considering the bias some in power might give to coaches who have played the game. Doesn't it make sense that they should know better?

Sort of, I guess, but it is not a requirement for the job. In fact, the man who won last year's Walter Camp Coach of the Year award never played a down of college football, and neither did the man who upset Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.

Here is how they rank from 10-1, based on whom I, in my subjective opinion (which is informed by their body of work), would want to coach my program for the next five years.

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