ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has written a column detailing several of the most underrated coaching jobs in college football and Louisville makes the cut. Schlabach talks about how the big boy jobs in college football come with huge stadiums, big salaries, fertile recruiting territory, and enormous expectations. Yet, the underrated jobs can have almost all of those things, sans the expectations. Here is what Schlabach had to say about UofL.
Louisville: The Cardinals found success under former coach Bobby Petrino, and they seem close to finding it again under third-year coach Charlie Strong, who went 14-12 during his first two seasons. With West Virginia leaving for the Big 12, and Pittsburgh and Syracuse about to bolt for the ACC, there’s no reason the Cardinals shouldn’t become a dominant program in the Big East. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is committed to winning, and the school’s fan base seems to care about football a little bit more than Kentucky fans.
I would also add in the football facilities are top quality and the state of Kentucky is located within a reasonable distance away from solid recruiting ground such as Ohio, Alabama, and Georgia.
Regardless, some of the other jobs who Schlabach lists as underrated include Houston, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford, and Oklahoma State, as well as several others. It’s a pretty good read, check it out.
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