- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
There were only 10 head-coaching changes in Division I-A college football last year. Unfortunately more turnover is inevitable in the upcoming offseason. In fact, we've already seen five head coaching jobs open up -- and there's still two weeks remaining in the 2006 regular season. North Carolina has replaced lame-duck head coach Jon Bunting with Butch Davis. Michigan State, Iowa State, North Texas and FIU are still in the market for a new leading man.
With that in mind, the following is a breakdown of 10 top head coaching prospects -- regardless of the job opening:
1. Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin (athletic director)
It seems the only job that would lure Alvarez from his role as Wisconsin's AD resides in Coral Gables. Current Miami President Donna Shalala has a well-documented history with Alvarez and she would likely throw in the AD job to sweeten the pot.
Coaching turnover happens at the end of every season and there are plenty of candidates to fill any vacancies, writes Todd McShay.