The NFL has had some big-name assistant coaches depart from thee pros to take a head-coaching gig in the college ranks, and given the number of quality assistants in the league currently, there’s no reason to think there won’t be some big-time schools hiring NFL coaches to lead their programs.
By the end of the 2013 college football season, USC, Texas and a number of other programs could be searching for a new coach, and NFL.coms Danial Jeremiah polled several NFL executives as to who they thought could potentially make the jump.
The three names he heard were Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman:
Roman is a very bright offensive mind and his experience at Stanford will be very appealing to college programs in need of a “jump start.” Tucker is one of the most likeable guys I’ve ever been around. His players love playing for him, and he’s a great teacher. He was one of the top recruiters in the country when he was working under Jim Tressel at Ohio State. I’ve never been around Dan Quinn, but I’ve heard great things about his energy, passion and personality.