[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]In today's 3-Point Stance, National Columnist Mike Farrell is here with five Group of Five coaches ready to take that next step, the top 10 overall programs with rising stock from the spring, and a few coaches you never heard about in the news and for the right reasons.
— Who’s the next Billy Napier, a Group of Five coach who will take a huge step up soon at a Power Five job? Part one of the 3-Point Stance takes a look at five guys ready to make the leap.
Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina
It's a bit of a shock that after back-to-back double-digit win seasons at Coastal Carolina - which didn't join FBS level football until 2017. He's developed Grayson McCall into a record-setting quarterback and has their team national notoriety. He's going to get the call VERY soon.
Sean Lewis, Kent State
The Kent State head coach was the youngest head football coach in modern FBS football history when he was hired back in 2018 at age 32. Now a ripe old 36, he's improved the Golden Flashes to a place where they have one of the most balanced offenses in the MAC and are coming off of a division title. He's the perfect fit for a Big 10 program that needs a strong leader.
Will Healy, Charlotte
Will Healy took over a super difficult Austin Peay job in 2016 and managed to turn around one of the historically worst FBS programs that there is before taking on another huge rebuild at Charlotte in 2019. The program is steadily improving, and there were a lot of people thinking that he might be on the shortlist for the Vanderbilt job last year that eventually went to Clark Lea. He's a guy that a lot of people think really highly of.
Jeff Traylor, UTSA
A little bit of a long shot and a different category of coach here with Traylor, as he's older than the other guys on this list. But we all saw what he can do after guiding the Roadrunners to their best finish in program history last year. He did such a good job that UTSA is going to jump up to the Big 12 in 2023, so his bump to the Power 5 level may come naturally. But he's someone that anyone in the state of Texas or the general region would love to have as their coach.
Shawn Clark, Appalachian State
This is more of a bet on the school than Clark himself, as the last two coaches to lead the Mountaineers have jumped straight to Power 5 jobs (Scott Satterfield and Eli Drinkwitz). Clark has his roots as an offensive line coach, and his tough-nosed approach is something that schools will definitely covet.
— We have finished the Power Five stock reports but who’s in the best shape overall since last season with a strong spring and the high school and transfer portal recruiting. These 10 teams are…
The Trojans went from 4-8 and having everyone transferring out of the program to bringing in one of the hottest coaches in the country and a bevy of talent from the portal in no time at all. Few programs have ever had such a giant overhaul in one offseason, and they're going to be excellent, no matter whether or not you want them to be.
There are a lot of coaches who lay claim to the title "King of the Portal", but Lane Kiffin has the right to brag. The sheer amount of talent is one, but the fact that he got so many guys that fit the exact needs they had means that the Rebels are poised for another big season.
The hype around Mario Cristobal and Co. returning to south Florida is real, and the Hurricanes have been going after guys on the recruiting trail and in the portal with reckless abandon. All of the indicators are pointing to Miami being a legit contender in a couple of seasons' time and they have landed immediate help, especially on the defensive line.
This is all about Quinn Ewers. Yes, the Longhorns have brought in more talent than they lost in the portal, but getting the former five-star prospect on campus and in the starting role is such a huge boost for Steve Sarkisian and the rest of the staff. If Texas is going to be back, it's because Ewers is the real deal. Oh, and being a finalist for Arch Manning doesn’t hurt recruiting.
Marcus Freeman has the Irish out recruiting as well or better than anyone else in the country. It might not be this season, but Notre Dame could win a national title sometime in the next 5 seasons if this recruiting holds up.
I've been banging the Cameron Ward/Eric Morris drum for a while now, and I don't have any plans of stopping. The Cougars will have one of the most electric offenses in the country this fall.
The Spartans took the momentum they gained during last season and the success of Kenneth Walker and translated it into another big haul from the portal. Jalen Berger has all the talent in the world, and could potentially be truly devastating in their offense.
The Eagles get a full year of a healthy Phil Jurkovec this season, and their offensive line is still really good despite losing Zion Johnson. Don't be surprised with Jeff Hafley is a hot name for the next opening at a blue blood school.
The Tide don't have the same number of additions from the portal, but the talent they've brought in fits so well with what they do and what they need. I can't believe I'm saying this, but there's a very good chance that their offense is better in 2022 than it was in 2021.
They lost a lot of guys from last year's surprising Big 12 Championship squad, but the news is still all good in Waco. The Bears have a clear identity and Dave Aranda is proving doubters wrong left and right with his over stewardship of this program.
— And finally, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher are in the news for all the wrong reasons. Whining and sniping about NIL. But what about those coaches who we never hear about who just keep their mouths shut and do a good job? Don’t they deserve some love?
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa — Iowa fans may want more wins each season and better quarterback development as well as more exciting recruiting, but you can’t complain about 178-110 and consistent winning seasons can you?
Matt Campbell, Iowa State — He’s mentioned for every open job and just keeps quiet and loyal to the Cyclones and keeps them relevant nationally.
Mel Tucker, Michigan State — In a state where Jim Harbaugh gets all the headlines and attention, Tucker is fine with that. He’s just killing the portal and winning.
Kyle Whittingham, Utah — Utah is ho-hum in many ways but Whittingham is 144-70 overall and just won his first Pac-12 title. And he just keeps on quietly winning games.
Mark Stoops, Kentucky — You don’t hear much from Stoops and he likes it that way. He’s done an amazing job in the SEC at a hoops school and just keeps his head down.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]