SEC Football: 5 Coaches from Other Conferences That Could Win in the SEC

Jeremy Hillman@@SECpigskinContributor IOctober 8, 2011

SEC Football: 5 Coaches from Other Conferences That Could Win in the SEC

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    One truth that most everyone can agree with, is that the SEC is a tough place to win consistently for head coaches.

    The fans have high expectations every season and the competition is fierce week in and week out.

    With several coaches on the hot seat throughout the conference, it causes people to look around the country and think about who could come in and win consistently in the SEC.

    There are NFL assistant coaches and ex-head coaches (John Gruden) that could be considered  and college football assistant coaches (Gus Malzahn and Kirby Smart) could get the call.

    However, most schools will want someone with college head coaching experience.

    Assuming guys like Bob Stoops and legends like Joe Paterno won't be coming over to the SEC anytime soon,  click through the slide show to see five current head coaches, in other conferences, that can win consistently in the SEC (pay attention Ole Miss) and might make the move if offered...

Chris Petersen, Boise State

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    Chris Petersen is regarded as one of the very best coaches in all of college football.

    He is 65-5 as a head coach and has Boise State undefeated and battling for a BCS bowl game once again in 2011.

    He is the first and only two-time winner of the Paul Bear Bryant coach of the year award.

    The question is, will he move to SEC country?

    His Record: Petersen is 65-5 in six seasons as a head coach

    Known For: Winning. His Broncos win every season. Boise State has won 10 or more games every season he has been the head coach. They won 12 or more games four of those five seasons and are poised to win more than 12 in 2011.

    Perfect Fit: Georgia, if Mark Richt is fired

Kevin Sumlin, Houston

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    Kevin Sumlin was one of the hottest coordinators in the nation when he was with Bob Stoops at Oklahoma running the offense for five seasons (2005-2009).

    Before that, he was assistant head coach at Texas A&M and had coaching stops at Minnesota, Purdue,Washington State and Wyoming.  

    He has since been a successful head coach at Houston and has them undefeated and ranked in the Top 25 in the country.

    He is a solid recruiter and is expected to get a bigger job this offseason.

    His Record: Sumlin is 28-16 as a head coach

    Known For: Offense. Sumlin is regarded as one of the very best offensive minds in college football.

    Perfect Fit: Ole Miss when Houston Nutt is fired or Kentucky, if the Wildcats continue to struggle and Joker Phillips is released

Bret Biliema, Wisconsin

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    Bret Bielema is one of the hottest young coaches in college football. At just 40-years old, he could have his best years ahead of him.

    Bielema has built a winner at Wisconsin in just six seasons and has his team undefeated and ranked in the Top Five in the nation.

    In 2006 Bielema became the first Wisconsin coach in history to win 11 games.

    His Record: Bielema is 54-16 in six seasons as a head coach

    Known For: Defense. Bret Bielema played defense at Iowa and was the defensive coordinator at Iowa and Wisconsin before becoming head coach at Wisconsin.

    Perfect Fit: Georgia, if they fire Mark Richt.

Bo Pelini, Nebraska

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    Bo Pelini has coached under top college coaches like Les Miles and Bob Stoops in his career and now is winning at Nebraska in his first head coaching post.

    Pelini also has NFL experience, as he has been a defensive assistant under Mike Sherman at Green Bay and Pete Carroll at New England.

    He has used the knowledge he gained under all of these solid coaches to build his Cornhusker program. He has Nebraska ranked in the Top 15 in the nation and battling for a Big Ten title.

    His Record: Pelini is 34-14 in his head coaching career and 34-14 at Nebraska

    Known For: Defense. Bo Pelini is one the top defensive minds in the country, and has a history of being the defensive coordinator at big-time college programs LSU, Oklahoma and Nebraska in previous years.

    Perfect Fit: LSU, if Miles ever leaves for another opportunity

Skip Holtz, USF

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    Skip Holtz has proven at East Carolina and South Florida that he can win big games and build quality programs.

    At just 46-years old, he could be a great fit for a team looking for a young, experienced leader to rebuild their program.

    He also has experience in the SEC, as he was offensive coordinator at South Carolina before becoming a head coach.

    His Record: Holtz is 84-56 in his career and 12-6 at USF

    Known For: His football knowledge. As the son of legendary Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, Skip has spent his life around football and is one of the brightest up-and-coming coaches in the business.

    Perfect Fit: Ole Miss when they fire Houston Nutt this offseason