Coordinators who are moving on up
Coordinators with the potential to become head coaches emerge every year. Here are five who could make that leap after this season.
Although there are other coordinators who could make a top-five list for their play calling and scheming alone, the following five coordinators display the best head-coaching potential. When the inevitable process of firing and hiring begins at the end of the 2005-'06 college football season, these coordinators should be kept in mind:
Chris Petersen, Offense, Boise State
Dan Hawkins receives and deserves a good deal of credit for Boise State's unthinkable offensive production in the past four years. However, Petersen has been the coordinator of this unit since Hawkins' arrival and he, too, deserves recognition for what has been an unparalleled four-year run. The Broncos have finished either first or second nationally in scoring offense in three of four seasons under Petersen. Even after returning just three starters from the 2003 team, Petersen was able to quickly mold QB Jared Zabransky and reload an offense that set a school record with 48.9 points per game. Petersen is young, energetic and creative. In reality, it's surprising that Hawkins was able to keep his offensive coordinator on staff after 23 head coaching jobs opened up following the 2004-'05 season. Petersen should be at the top of many lists when programs look to fill their head coach vacancies at the end of this season.
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