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Total Program Movement

This list could be called “Coaches Most Likely to Be Hired By a Powerhouse Soon.” These are the coaches that have taken a struggling program and built them into a winner. In other words, these are the coaches doing the most with less. For that, they will have the attention of big time programs when they are looking for their next coach.

In the past 5 years, we have seen coaches like Scott Frost, P.J. Fleck, Jeff Brohm, and Tom Herman land high profile jobs by elevating smaller programs. They all made this list before they were hired as this is the type of performance this metric sets out to identify. On the flipside, a coach that lands in the bottom 10 is most likely going to be fired or get one more year to try and right the ship.

  • The first chart is the top 10 for 2019
  • The second chart is the bottom 10 for 2019
  • The third chart is the top 10 for 2005-2019
  • The fourth chart is the bottom 10 for 2005-2019

Matt Campbell makes the top 10 for the third year in a row, and smartly, Iowa State extended his contract in December to 2025. Rod Carey signed an extension last year with Temple. Mike Norvell (FSU) and Lane Kiffin (Miss) have moved on to bigger programs.

Matt Luke, Bob Davie, and Chad Morris finished in the bottom 10 for a 2nd straight year, and unsurprisingly, were all let go. Needless to say, 2020 will be a big year for the other head coaches in the bottom 10.

Greg Schiano, #1 on the career total program movement list, returns to both college football and Rutgers University in 2020. Can he do it again?

Matt Luke finishes with the worst drop in total program movement that I have recorded from 2005 to 2020.