Asmussen: Best offseason coaching moves
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There has been plenty of movement among college football coaches during the offseason. N-G beat writer Bob Asmussen ranks the hires:
1. Mike London
No reason for the Cavaliers to be as bad as they have been. In steps London, a hit at Richmond and former Virginia assistant. He's got a reputation as a great recruiter. You'll see the Cavs in the ACC title game within four years.
2. Tommy Tuberville
Here's a rare case when a talented guy steps into a program that has a long run of success. Tuberville had other opportunities. That he took this one tells you what he thinks about the chances to keep it going.
3. Turner Gill
If you can win at Buffalo, even at a modest level, you can win anywhere. Even more important for the Jayhawks, Gill knows the Big 12 and will gain access to Texas recruits.
4. Lane Kiffin
Sure, it was dastardly the way it all went down. But the bottom line for the school is it got the guy most likely to continue Pete Carroll's success.
5. Skip Holtz
Another guy who steps into a winning program. He's the perfect person to replace hothead Jim Leavitt, with a personality that fits today's players.
6. Butch Jones
Funny that the Bearcats went back to Central Michigan for their head coach. Of course, it worked well with Brian Kelly. Jones didn't let the Chips slide, and he has a chance to keep the great run going in Cincinnati.
7. Joker Phillips
A former Wildcats receiver and longtime assistant at the school, he also has worked at Notre Dame, South Carolina, Cincinnati and Minnesota. It's his time. Plus, what a cool name.
8. Larry Porter
Ex-Tigers running back is a top recruiter and has learned about coaching from one of the best, LSU's Les Miles. He's a young guy (37) who will relate well to the players. Memphis will win again soon.
9. Ruffin McNeill
He couldn't have done better in his Alamo Bowl audition, beating Michigan State and saying all the right things before and after the game. Being a former East Carolina defensive back helps him appreciate the place.
10. Brian Kelly
Was he the first choice or the fifth? It won't matter if he is able to win at a Lou Holtz level. But the pressure is on immediately and the top players in the program left early for the NFL.
And the rest
11. Jimbo Fisher Florida State
12. Doc Holliday Marshall
13. Bobby Hauck UNLV
14. Rob Ianello Akron
15. Willie Taggert Western Kentucky
16. Todd Berry Louisiana-Monroe
17. Dan Enos Central Michigan
18. Sonny Dykes Louisiana Tech
19. Charlie Strong Louisville
20. Jeff Quinn Buffalo
21. Mike MacIntyre San Jose State
22. Derek Dooley Tennessee