The 46-year old Gill was a star at Nebraska and is quickly becoming a star in the coaching ranks. The job he has done at the University of Buffalo is amazing. When he arrived they had just finished a 1-10 season. After going 2-10 in his first year, he went 5-7 last year and this year he not only led them to an 8-5 record but the school's first MAC Championship Game victory. Clearly, he has proven he can build a program into a winner and has numerous recruiting connections throughout the Big 12 area.
2)Gary Patterson, TCU Head Coach-
The 49-year old may be the most underrated coach in the country. He has an 82-29 record in eight years at TCU and is also 4-3 in bowl games. His teams also show a very solid mix on offense and defense.
3)Chris Petersen, Boise State Head Coach-
The 45-year old may be the most under-the-radar coaching prospect in the country. He is a brilliant offensive mind who is trying to lead the Broncos to their second perfect season in three years. An overall record of 35-3 at Boise State should have him moving up the coaching ranks awfully quick.
4)Brady Hoke, Ball State Head Coach-
The 49-year old has done an outstanding job at Ball State. In his six seasons there he has a record of 34-38 but most recently has gone 19-7 over the last two years.
5)Todd Graham, Tulsa Head Coach-
The 45-year old has a record of 20-7 at Tulsa and has led them to a first place finish in both of his seasons there. He also has great recruiting connections in Big 12 country.
6)Charlie Strong, Florida Defensive Coordinator-
It's absolutely ridiculous that college football has only three African American head coaches but Strong knows a little something about breaking down barriers. The 48-year old was the first African American coordinator in the SEC when he became South Carolina's defensive coordinator in 1999 and he has been the brains behind the outstanding Florida defenses for the past six years.
7)Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator-
He is the 2008 Broyles Award Winner for top assistant coach in college football. The 48-year old has been the offensive coordinator for the Sooners for the past three seasons and during that time the Oklahoma offense has played 41 games and has only been held under 24 points twice. They have also scored 49 or more points in 17 games.
Here is a list of other names that might get considered:
Phillip Fulmer, Former Tennessee Head Coach
Randy Edsall, Connecticut Head Coach
Skip Holtz, East Carolina Head Coach
Brent Venables, Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator
Bud Foster, Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator
Paul Rhoads, Former Auburn Defensive Coordinator