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    TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Obviously has a bias against ISU and admits that he didn't like the Cyclones passing on Brian Kelly. (Just looks where he has the other ISU coaching "candidates" ranked).

    For what it's worth...

    "Ranking the hires among BCS coaches
    Monday, January 29, 2007, 4:54 p.m. ET
    The dust has settled on the new coaching hires. That begs the question: Of the 12 BCS schools that changed coaches, which ones made the best hires? Here's my ranking and take.

    1. Tom O'Brien, N.C. State: Sure, he has the pizzazz of a rice cake, but I dare you to find a better coach. You can't, so don't try. And all it took to get O.B. out of B.C. was to pay him what he's worth -- something BC refused to do. I pity the Eagles. I really do.

    2. Nick Saban, Alabama: The dysfunctional Crimson Tide said they wanted to land a big whale. And, well, Bama landed Moby Nick. Love him or hate him, you have to respect Saban's grid I.Q. And, really, if we've learned anything over the years, winning really big ranks somewhere above eating and breathing on the Capstone.

    3. Steve Kragthorpe, Louisville: Sharp, bright, savvy I could go on, but you get the picture. Kragthorpe is one of the nation's "it" coaches who just so happens to be taking over one of the nation's "it" programs. Kinda neat, huh? But, golly, I have to think Kragthorpe is NFL-bound someday. But, for now, let's enjoy the continuing rise of a coach and a program.

    4. Butch Davis, North Carolina: Kudos to UNC for jumping on Davis early. He showed his mettle rehabbing Miami in the late-1990s. And the situation in Chapel Hill is a whole lot better than the one in Coral Gables that Davis inherited. And now that the NFL is out of his system, Davis may stick around awhile. Exciting, isn't it?

    5. Brian Kelly, Cincinnati: I was miffed Iowa State didn't grab Kelly, the ultimate dues-payer who has worked his way up college football's dirt road. Combine his know-how with an underrated program that has access to BCS bowls and, well, I think you know where I'm going with this.

    6. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State: The nation let out a collective groan when this hiring was announced. No doubt, Erickson has baggage, as he's perceived as a job-jumper who sometimes brings in, ahem, unsavory types to do his work. Regardless, A.D. Lisa Love knows what we all knows: Erickson knows how to win. And, ya know, that's really important.

    7. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State: Think of Dantonio as a swift kick in the pants. I'm guessing Sparty's response will go something like this: Thank you, sir, may I have another? Dantonio won't be the players' buddy (hello, Bobby Williams) or a wild-and-crazy guy who runs with the bulls (hello, John L. Smith). Instead, Dantonio will inject much-needed grit, toughness and discipline into what has been one of the nation's biggest slackers this decade.

    8. Tim Brewster, Minnesota: Brewster was tabbed more for his gusto and promise than for his coaching acumen. Let me be the 756,235th person to write: Brewster never has been a head coach or coordinator. (That's your cue to gasp.) Is it a gamble? You betcha. But it's one the Gophers had to take as the school preps to finish fund-raising on a new on-campus stadium. This could be the sleeper hiring of the offseason.

    9. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: There are lots of reasons to be excited and scared to freaking death. No doubt, Harbaugh has a marquee name that will score big with recruits, media types and boosters. But, can he REALLY coach? Harbaugh showed great promise leading San Diego. But that's a I-AA non-scholarship program. This is the Pac-10! More specifically, this is Stanford! But remember this: Cardinal A.D. Bob Bowlsby hired some face-less coach at Iowa named Kirk Ferentz. I'm just saying.

    10. Randy Shannon, Miami: It's no secret Shannon wasn't the first choice of A.D. Paul Dee. Heck, Shannon probably wasn't even the second choice. But, in the end, Shannon got the job as much for his keen defensive acumen as for being in the right place at the right time for a job that was curiously difficult to fill. One last thought: Miami isn't the best place to cut your teeth as a first-time head coach. Good luck with that, Randy.

    11. Gene Chizik, Iowa State: He was itching for the chance to run a program. And, you know what Grandma always says: Careful what you wish for. More reason for Iowa State A.D. Jamie Pollard to worry: Chizik never has been a head coach. Heck, he's never really been anywhere long enough to get a real read on the guy. In 2001, Chizik still was an assistant at Central Florida. And even if Pollard scored a coup, does anyone really think Chizik will be around long if he has success?

    12. Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College: Are you still trying to figure out what he did to earn this job? Well, I've done some research. Turns out Jag's was the offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers. (I'll pause here so you can applaud.) That obviously impressed B.C. A.D. Gene DeFilippo, who also liked the fact Jagodzinski previously was an assistant for Boston College. But I'm guessing here's what DeFilippo REALLY liked about Jags: He was cheap."



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Wow, harsh. Why does this guy hate on ISU? Is it simply that we didn't take Kelly? And how can Brewster and Harbaugh rank AHEAD of Chizik. I'll admitt that my guy was Harbaugh and I thought he would bring the excitement to our program. But no one told me that Chizik was even an option at that time. Chizik should easily be 5th on that list ahead of Kelly, IMO. But then I'm biased.


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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Nice...he ranks Dennis Erickson ahead of Gene Chizik. I guess if you don't care what happens AFTER the coach leaves your school Erickson is a good hire.



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    I can see how he'd rate Harbaugh over Chizik, just from the head coaching experience... but there's no way Brewster should be above either of them.



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    you can't even take garbage like that seriously, that is a total joke...once you show that much bias you just totally discredit yourself.

    its better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are dumb, than to open it and remove all doubt.



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    The funny part is we passed on Brewster and Kelly to get to Chizik. So I imagine we would be more satisfied with the guy we got then the guy ranked ahead of him that we passed on .



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    The funny part is we passed on Brewster and Kelly to get to Chizik. So I imagine we would be more satisfied with the guy we got then the guy ranked ahead of him that we passed on .
    Don't forget, we passed on Harbaugh as well. Chizik is lower than all 3. Dienhart is a joke.



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Pollard > Dienhart



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    If Chizik was hired at say North Carolina, how much you want to bet he lists it top 5?
    Don't forget this guy also got played during the search. How many times was he wrong with his "inside" info? I'll bet this is more a reaction to that than anything.


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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Meh...why am I not surprised. Continue to doubt us you dirty little fools.

    We'll get you soon enough...

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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Screw that guy, we got the best damn guy in the country!!


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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    How can you take this guy seriously when in one entry he says he wishes ISU would have taken Kelly, then turns around and asks if GC has any success, he won't stay!?!?!?

    Double standard.........sour grapes if you ask me.



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    I sense that Dienhart has a man-crush on Kelly...

    Hmmm...let's see. Head coach at Central Michigan who went 20-16 in 3 seasons or Defensive coordinator at undefeated Auburn, undefeated Texas, and 10-3 Texas.

    Tough call in my book.



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Well in a sense, he is right. Kelly is more of a "known" quantity than Chizik. Hiring him just wouldn't have caused a ruckus like Chizik's hire.



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    Re: TSN's Dienhart ranks this year's coaching hires

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    Well in a sense, he is right. Kelly is more of a "known" quantity than Chizik. Hiring him just wouldn't have caused a ruckus like Chizik's hire.
    I agree. It probably wouldn't have sold as many season tickets.



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