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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Inevitably, at the end of every season, there will be top programs in the country looking for a new head coach. Here are some of the guys that will be filling those jobs sooner rather than later.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

1. Hugh Freeze

Liberty Head Coach

Everyone knows about Hugh Freeze and how it all ended at Ole Miss. However, since then, he has been doing a great job as the head coach at Liberty. As the coach of the Flames, he has a 26-11 record and has won three straight bowl games. He recently signed an extension until 2028 and will earn around $4 million a year. With that being said, he could and should be in the conversation for head coaching vacancies in the near future.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

2. Jamey Chadwell

Coastal Carolina Head Coach

Jamey Chadwell started coaching at Coastal Carolina in 2019, and since then he has completely turned that program around. After going 5-7 in his first season, he has gone 11-1 and 11-2 in the two seasons since. He has put Coastal Carolina on the map and has them consistently ranked in the top 25. He would be a great option for a power five team looking for a new head ball coach.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

3. Bill O’Brien

Alabama Offensive Coordinator

Bill O’Brien was hired at Penn State in 2012 after the whole Jerry Sandusky situation. With all things considered, he ended with a pretty good 15-9 record there before leaving for the Houston Texans. While in the NFL, he won the AFC south four times. He was fired at the start of the 2020 season and then became Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2021. Alabama had a top-ten offense last season and their QB, Bryce Young, won the Heisman Trophy. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him become a head coach again sometime soon.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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4. Jeff Traylor

UTSA Head Coach

Jeff Traylor took over at UTSA in 2020. He went 7-5 in his first season, but last season he led his team to a 12-2 record and a C-USA championship. He was previously the assistant head coach and running backs coach at Arkansas, and he held the same position at SMU before that. If he keeps it up at UTSA, I do believe he could be receiving some calls soon.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

5. Jeff Grimes

Baylor Offensive Coordinator

Jeff Grimes was the LSU offensive line coach and run game coordinator from 2014-2017 and then was hired as BYU’s offensive coordinator in 2018. He became Baylor’s offensive coordinator in 2021. Baylor went 2-7 the year before Grimes took over, and then the first year he got there, they went 12-2 and won the Big 12. They jumped from 23 ppg in 2020 to just under 32 ppg in 2021. He should be a prime candidate for any job openings coming up.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

6. Jeff Lebby

Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator

Jeff Lebby was hired as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator for this season. He was previously at Ole Miss, and before that, he was UCF’s offensive coordinator for one season. UCF averaged 43 ppg in 2019 and had a 10-3 record. Ole Miss averaged 39 and 34 ppg in his two seasons there. He will be taking over the new-look offense for Oklahoma this season, and depending on how he does, he could definitely be in consideration for some upcoming head coaching vacancies.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

7. Blake Anderson

Utah State Head Coach

Blake Anderson was Arkansas State’s head coach from 2014 until 2020. While there, he won two Sun Belt championships and boasted a 36-12 record in conference play. He was hired by Utah State in 2021 and led them to an 11-3 record and a Mountain West championship in his first season at the helm. He has a lot of head coaching experience and would fit well at a Power Five school. I would love to see him get the chance to do that.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

8. Todd Monken

Georgia Offensive Coordinator

Todd Monken has been a coach for what seems like forever. He was Southern Miss’s head coach from 2013-2015 and then left for the NFL. He was the offensive coordinator for Tampa Bay from 2016-2018 before holding the same position for the Browns in 2019. He then returned to college football and has been Georgia’s offensive coordinator since 2020. He helped the Georgia Bulldogs win the 2021 National Championship, and they averaged 39 ppg with a walk-on quarterback. They beat teams by an average of 27 points last season. With his experience and recent success, he should definitely be considered when head coaching positions start to open up.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Make sure to bookmark Mike Farrell Sports to stay up to date on everything in the recruiting and college football world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]