In today's unstable world of college football, the coaching carousel spins merrily along, scattering head coaches across the country at new destinations.
The men on this list are part of one of these three categories:
1) Coaches who are doing well at a "mid-major" and are expected to remain
2) Coaches whose program changed conference affiliation
3) Coaches who recently moved to a "major" program
The 10 coaches on this list have proven their ability to manage a program and, in the shifting landscape of today's game, have the potential to make a name for themselves on the big stage.
Freeze is going to get his chance at Ole Miss after leading Arkansas State to a Sun Belt title in 2011.
It's a return home, of sorts.
He has only been absent from the program for two seasons, but in his time with the Red Wolves as offensive coordinator and head coach, their offensive production jumped exponentially.
Expect much of the same in Oxford.
Steve Addazio took over at Temple after Al Golden left for Miami, and led the Owls to a solid season.
The sample size of his time as a head coach is rather small, but he took the guys Golden recruited and continued their success.
If he proves to be an apt recruiter in his time as the Owls head man, he should get the nod at a larger program before too long.
What's that you say?
Cal is a major program?
I never would have guessed, my bad.
Christensen does good things with a limited amount of talent.
Wyoming is not exactly a recruiting hotbed, nor is the school a place guys are knocking down the door to get in on scholarship.
Yet, he has led the Cowboys to two winning seasons in his three at the program.
On top of that, the guy was a key player at Missouri in implementing the no-huddle offense that led to record numbers for the offense while he was assistant head coach.
Doeren just took over at NIU for the departed Jerry Kill(poor guy is stuck at Minnesota).
He has plenty of experience at major programs, coaching at Kansas, USC and Wisconsin among others.
He took an NIU team that lost much of their offensive talent outside of quarterback Chandler Harnish and led them to a MAC championship in his first season.
With a few years experience at NIU and some success tinkering with the offense, Doeren will be a prime candidate for a head coaching vacancy in a few seasons.
The guy will never leave Nevada, but that doesn't mean he would not be successful on the big stage.
He is the originator of the "pistol" offense, and has had immense success implementing the style at Nevada.
Ault is definitely the elder statesman of these guys and could take his show anywhere in the country, but will likely retire as the head coach of the Wolf Pack.
Ok, so Petersen can't get his kickers to make clutch field goals, otherwise the Broncos might have been playing in their second consecutive BCS title game.
That said, he has led the Broncos to unprecedented heights during his tenure, and continues to have success recruiting winners to his team.
The Big East presents a new challenge for the Broncos, but with Petersen at the helm, they are in good shape.
Jones played quarterback during his playing career.
This has translated into a strength in his coaching career, as his quarterbacks at Hawaii and now at SMU consistently dominate statistically.
He almost got his shot at Arizona State, but they backed out, and he is still leading SMU, to the consternation of their C-USA opponents.
This man should be every coaches' hero.
Taggart was the running backs coach at Stanford when Toby Gerhart had his record-setting season.
He left there to go to the Hilltoppers, and has turned that program into a winner in short order.
If his success continues, he will not only be one of the youngest head coaches in the country, he will find himself leading a major program.
Patterson and TCU are no more part of a "mid-major" conference, but since the Horned Frogs have not yet moved, we will include him in this list.
The Horned Frogs won the Rose Bowl last season, their second consecutive BCS bowl appearance and led them to bowl eligibility again in 2011.
He has built this team into a sound unit that plays disciplined football and punished opponents with a stout defense.
I expect him to have no trouble winning games in the Frogs' new conference.