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Statistically Speaking: Re-Ranking the Top Coaching Jobs in College Football
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Which is the best head coaching job in college football?

Seems like a tough question, eh? Well upon further review, it's actually quite tougher than it seems.

There are so many things to consider, as my recent top-25 ranking (and the comments it elicited) prove, as well as the wise musings of another article that has recently gone nuclear. So, let's reshape the rankings a little bit using the same teams plus five newbies but based on a few new criteria that are more, shall we say, factual:

Each of the following criteria will be given a certain weight, in a percentage. They are as follows:

Salary and growth in conjunction with winning

  • 25 percent of total ranking
  • points awarded from 25 (Alabama) to 2.6 (Navy)
  • quite possibly the biggest determinant in taking a position these days
  • salary statistics are taken from the average of 2009-10 USA Today coaches salary databases

Quality of facilities 

  • 20 percent of total ranking
  • points awarded from 20 (Oregon—thanks Nike!) to 2.6 (Navy—thanks Obama!)
  • includes current as well as potential future contributions by boosters and benefactors
  • the ONLY subjective ranking in the entire article

—Level of performance in terms of wins and losses

  • 15 percent of total ranking
  • points awarded from 15 (Boise State) to 1 (Texas A&M)
  • devised from the top winning percentages over the past decade
  • helps determine not only how successful each program has been but also how stable a coaching environment each school has

—Level of performance in recruiting

  • 15 percent of total ranking
  • points awarded from 15 (USC) to 0.5 (Navy...again)
  • recruiting rankings from the past decade (2002-2011)
  • shows consistency of each program and its appeal to the nation's top athletes 
  • recruiting rankings are evaluated and ranked by averaging the past 10 seasons of recruiting according to Scout.com.

Money and marketability

  • 15 percent of total ranking
  • points awarded from 15 (Texas) to 0.5 (Navy)
  • because, come on, this matters, and is the reason people take the top job at Michigan or Notre Dame
  • measured by the royalties from team merchandise and apparel info taken from Collegiate Licensing Company's 2010-11 rankings, as well as a compilation of the 2007 through 2010 rankings on each program's total revenue.

Best places to live

  • 10 percent of total ranking
  • points awarded from 10 (Stanford) to 0 (Michigan State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, etc)
  • courtesy of Men's Health 2010 rankings 
  • a definite factor in how likely each candidate, and his family, is to consider one position over another
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