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The Best Coaching Fits for Every Open P5 Job

— The best fit for each open Power Five job isn’t easy as many factors come into play and some coaches won’t want the headache. But here are the dream scenarios…


Auburn — Lane Kiffin 

— the Ole Miss coach might not want to leave what he’s built in Oxford for a bit of a nightmare in Auburn but there is better recruiting territory and more money. Hugh Freeze is 1B for me.

Oct 8, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at FirstBank Stadium.

Oct 8, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at FirstBank Stadium.

Nebraska — Matt Rhule 

— I say this because I’m not sure Lance Leipold would leave Kansas for the Nebraska job and I think Rhule is an amazing coach and talent evaluator.

Jan 1, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule talks to Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart before the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Jan 1, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule talks to Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart before the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Wisconsin — Lance Leipold 

— He has ties to the state and I think he’s a coach who wants to keep moving up in the world. Wisconsin is a great job and he’s the perfect candidate despite his love for Kansas.

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Sep 10, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold talks to running back Devin Neal (4) during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Sep 10, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold talks to running back Devin Neal (4) during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Georgia Tech — Deion Sanders

— I’m not sure this job is big enough for him but I think Sanders would be perfect here with his big-name ability to recruit and sell Atlanta.

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders shouts instructions to the Tigers during play against Texas Southern n Jackson Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders shouts instructions to the Tigers during play against Texas Southern n Jackson Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Arizona State — Kenny Dillingham 

— The Oregon OC has ties to ASU, is a great young mind and he would recruit very well there. They need some life in this program and he brings it.

Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham calls out to players during practice with the Ducks on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham calls out to players during practice with the Ducks on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

Colorado — Barry Odom 

— The Arkansas DC has experience recruiting the midlands and Texas from his days at Missouri and that’s key to this job. He’s also a great coach.

Nov 9, 2019; Athens, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom reacts after a play against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half at Sanford Stadium.

Nov 9, 2019; Athens, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom reacts after a play against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half at Sanford Stadium.