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Meet the 12 coordinators ADs will want to hire this fall

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is one of the best in the business and a big season with the Tigers could put him at the top of some coaching search lists. Matt Bush/USA TODAY Sports

Five years ago, Tom Herman was Iowa State's offensive coordinator. Mark Helfrich and Jim McElwain held the same posts at Oregon and Alabama, respectively.

With the season right around the corner, it's time to get smart about the coordinators who soon could jump to major FBS head-coaching positions. In interviews with agents, administrators and other plugged-in sources, these 12 candidates are viewed as being right on the doorstep.