Ranking of the top 10 college football coaches under the age of 45 entering the 2022 season

It may also be called the best of the next generation. A few years ago, CBS Sports had the idea of ​​rating the best coaches under the age of 45. Age seemed like a good place to draw the line. The average age of the 130 coaches in the 2022 season is around 50 years old. In other words, the men you see below have just reached their prime.

The top 10 winning college football coaches have an average age of 50.5 years. The next decade is 49.7 years. So, look at this next generation. Of the 29 new coaches hired for this off-season, the average age is 43. 12 of the 29 new coaches are the first to fill the position, while eight of those 12 are under 45.

Through these sacred pillars, inches passed the likes of Kirby Smart and Lane Kevin. Both are now 46, aging out of consideration in 2021. This year, Auburn’s Brian Harsin and Coastal Carolina’s Jamie Chadwell (both 45) are no longer eligible.

They were replaced by Eli Drenkewitz of Missouri and Jason Kandel of Toledo, the latter being the only Group of Five coach on the roster.

The top two remain unchanged, although one of them is in a new job. Both missed a College Football game after creating an annual expectation that their team would play in the National Championship. However, the first on the list did not miss the copper ring, as he is said to be the highest-paid coach after a shocking move across the country.

Records listed below are in their current training station unless otherwise noted.

1. Lincoln Riley (38), USC

55-10 (.846) in five seasons in Oklahoma: Only Riley could make Oklahoma a springboard. (Just kidding…I guess.) After four Big 12 titles and three college playoffs in five seasons, Riley sought out a new challenge in Southern California. After becoming the highest-paid coach in the game, Riley made himself the biggest off-season storyline. He has the task of not only managing Trojans but making Pac-12 relevant nationwide. Riley is simply the best attacking mind in the country given his group of Heisman Award-winning midfielders. Moving OU Caleb Williams looks like next in the pipeline. 2021 Ranking: 1

34-4 (.895) in more than three seasons: For the first time under Day, the Buckeyes did not win the Big Ten or make it to the CFP. In Year 3, Day lost his first Big Ten match (against Michigan). However, it was an excellent start to what would be a famous career. The first Ohio State coach hired without prior master coaching experience since the 1940s built his own strength center. If Riley is #1, Dai is #2 as the best offensive teacher in the country. Day will forever be known as the coach who saved the show amid the ugliness of Urban Meyer’s final season. But he soon makes his own legacy. 2021 standings: 2

42-34 (.553) in six seasons: Already one of the best Iowa coaches in history, Campbell has turned down interest from several schools as well as the NFL to stay with the Hurricanes. Campbell has won eight games at least three times which he hasn’t at Iowa since Earl Bruce in 1978. Armed with a supportive athletic director (Jimmy Pollack), growing resources and an amazing ability to develop players, he’s one of the best young coaches in the country. The question remains how long Iowa can keep it. 2021 standings: 4

4. Billy Napier (42), Florida

40-12 (.769) in four seasons in Louisiana: Napier climbed the ladder methodically as one of the first products of the Nick Saban training tree in Alabama. At the age of 29, he was the first offensive coordinator for Dabo Sweeney at Clemson. The former Foreman quarterback is the showrunner who went 33-5 in the last three seasons in Louisiana. Napier was the perfect Florida employee after the chaotic end of the Dan Mullen era. Florida needs a normal. I got it in a soft-spoken napier. AD Scott Stricklin likes to hire coaches on arrival. Day and Riley are the only other coaches on this list to average 10 wins per season. 2021 standings: 7

5. Josh Hubble (43), Tennessee

7-6 (.538) in one season: Tennessee had to be sexy again. AD Danny White brought UCF back together when he hired Heupel. A humble 7-6 debut at Tennessee belies the progress made in an impressive first season. Quarterback Hendon Hooker finished third nationally in passing efficiency, throwing 31 touchdowns with just three interceptions. While his success in the SEC remains an evolving situation, Heupel got the job after going 28-8 at the UCF. Tennessee is also fully integrated in terms of name, image, and example, which should roughly be in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 2021 standings: 5

6. PJ Flick (41), Minnesota

35-23 (.449) in five seasons: In his early forties, Flick had already coached 110 games and participated in the New Year’s Six Championships (Western Michigan, 2016). Get everything you want out of “Row the Boat”, where Fleck’s motivational techniques get results. Twice in five seasons, Minnesota finished in the top two in the Big Ten West under Fleck. Get rid of gimmicks, and Flick teams always play physically. The season with nine wins last year was only the fourth in the program since 1905. 2021 standings: 6

7. Jason Kandel (42), Toledo

45-27 (.625) in more than six seasons: Kandel is now in his 14th year at Toledo after serving as Campbell’s offensive coordinator until taking the lead job in 2016. His longevity indicates incredible loyalty. Candle’s name has increasingly appeared in bigger jobs (UCF, KS, Rutgers, Miami offensive coordinator) in a place that has produced four Power Five head coaches since Nick Saban arrived in 1990. Candle may be at the point where he can spend his time, say no. Jobs are mid-level and wait for something bigger. It is valuable. With Kandel as assistant and head coach, the Rockets went on to a school record with five bowls in a row. 2021 standings: no.

17-18 (.486) in three seasons: Brown is below 0.500 since the middle of the 2020 season with the Mountaineers, but the upside is still there. He has defeated a ranked team in each of his three seasons. Brown’s work continues at Troy (a conference title and three seasons of at least 10 wins). 2021 standings: 10

8-13 (.381) in two seasons: The shine faded a bit for Norville in FSU with just eight wins in two seasons, but there was an improvement in 2021. Former Memphis coach went to the gate to back roster-level receiver Mycah Pittman, trailing Trey Benson and defensive end Jared Fares. This will be a pivotal year for Norvell as ACC appears to be open to all comers if Clemson can’t regain traction. 2021 standings: 8

10. Eli Drenkoitz (39), Missouri

11-12 (.478) in two seasons: Only one coach on this list (Heupel) has coached an SEC match. Drenkowitz trail 18 (8-10). Even though he was only 11-12 years old in his first two seasons, there is still plenty of hope for “the drink”. He beat LSU and Florida. This year’s 14th place employment category included the fourth five-star program in history (WR Luther Burden III). Drinkwitz also has the 2019 Sun Belt title to his name. Riley, Day, and Heubel are the only other coaches on this list to have won more than 12 games in a season. The Tigers are rising in the third year of Drenkewitz’s six-year, $24 million deal. 2021 standings: no.

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