Which assistants are most primed for a head coaching position after the 2022 season?
Josh Gattis – Miami Offensive Coordinator
Gattis was hired away from Michigan after being awarded the Broyles Award in 2021 as the top assistant in college football. With even decent success at Miami, Gattis will likely be in line for a top job opening after this season.
Jeff Lebby – Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator
When Oklahoma hired Brent Venables, a defensive minded coach, to replace Lincoln Riley, a top flight offensive coordinator was a priority. Oklahoma found it with Lebby. Many Athletic Directors are looking for a young offensive mind and Lebby fits that bill.
Bill O’Brien – Alabama Offensive Coordinator
It’s a surprise that O’Brien isn’t the head coach of a team this season. He will likely be a head coach in 2023. There are many rumors that O’Brien has his eye on the NFL.
Alex Grinch – USC Defensive Coordinator
Grinch has shown that he can improve a defense at both Washington State and Oklahoma. If Grinch can show that improvement again at USC, he will likely be requested to interview for head coaching positions soon.
Jim Leonhard – Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator
Leonhard has proven himself as an elite defensive coordinator and is ready to be a head coach. He reportedly turned down an opportunity to lead the defense for the Green Bay Packers. It’s possible he remains in Wisconsin waiting for a shot to become the head coach for the Badgers.