I can't think of one.
It all begins with who is driving the bus. Where is ND? Get used to it.
Joe Yonto, George Kelly, etc....ND won in spite of DD....lived through 4 years of it at ND..
So is Danny Ford, to reply to a post below.
1990 Bill McCartney of Colorado and Bobby Ross of Ga.Tech split the Nat'l Title. They were good coaches but I wouldn't put them in the category of great coaches.
1981 Danny Ford of Clemson another good coach (cheater as well) but not a great coach.
1997 Michigan ...Lloyd Carr another good coach but I'd hesitate to call Lloyd Carr a great coach.
I'm sure there are others, but I guess it's pretty subjective on who is a great coach. Right now it's easy, Dabo, Saban, and Urban Meyer are clearly a notch above everybody else and it shows when you start counting Nat'l Titles.
to coach at ND after Lou.
Jimbo isn't there (yet).
I would say that LaVell Edwards, Don James, and Dennis Erickson were good, not great. Erickson had great numbers, but I give more of that credit to Jimmy Johnson.
I think Dennis Erickson, especially in his younger years, was a pretty good college coach, even if not elite.
Chizik, Coker, Ross, Carr, Erickson, McCartney, and Edwards were already mentioned.
I'd add Les Miles and Butch Davis too.
Chizik is the only truly bad coach in the group. Even Coker is probably more average than bad. All the others are pretty good coaches.
could probably be called really good coaches, they probably had a career of good teams and then they just got that one group, had a special player(s) and were able to win a Title.
Dan Devine fits that description.
Ara was a Great Coach, he did it more than once and his teams that won it all had something special that set them apart from his other teams that didn't...might have been a lack of injuries or that special player(s).
Clearly Saban is a Great Coach..again done it multiple times, different schools even.
the demographics have shifted and the best players are concentrated in the SEC footprint and the SEC produces more NFL talent every year than the other conferences and it is perceived that the SEC is the best/toughest conference. So those top players can stay closer to home and play in what they think is the toughest conference that prepares them for the NFL.
So it's no surprise that SEC schools dominate recruiting rankings. SEC schools are also expanding their reach and now pull in top talent from the west coast as well. They got several top players from the West Coast, with the addition of A&M it has opened up Texas for them better than before.
looking to allow it because it's already in practice throughout the SEC states.
It says something about the culture, priority, and emphasis to have high school spring football. Does it exist in the Midwest or east coast?
didn't have it in MN, did have it in AZ and in CO we have some form of it (some teams use it late spring, some early summer).
I was surprised to learn about spring football for HS. Apparently it is common in HS in Alabama.
Most HS athletes have a weight lifting PE class throughout the school year. This is for all sports, or just football.
they actually have options...if you don't do Spring Football you get to start fall practice earlier than teams who do Spring Football.
But we also have an extensive big time 7x7 program for the summer, not UIL sanctioned but legal and leads to a state championship.
Year round competition or offseason conditioning is common. It is hard for kids to play more than one sport. Coaches demand participation in offseason workouts.
Auburn fans were particularly mad that Georgia outbid them for a five-star receiver, who is unlikely to qualify and will have to go to a JUCO, anyway.
Tennessee outbid Alabama for a De La Salle kid, for those who wondering why we don't get more kids out of that Catholic school program.