How it turned out: The former OSU assistant went 42-31 in six seasons at Pitt — not good enough. He's now the defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills.
South Carolina, Lou Holtz, 6-5, Steve Spurrier, 7-5
How it turned out: After flaming out with the Washington Redskins, Spurrier has done a solid job in charge of the Gamecocks, currently at 61-36.
Syracuse, Paul Pasqualoni, 6-6, Greg Robinson, 1-10
How it turned out: Not a good transition, with Robinson going just 10-37 overall and 3-25 in the Big East in four seasons. He's currently out of coaching.
Utah, Urban Meyer, 12-0, Kyle Whittingham, 7-5
How it turned out: Whittingham has continued Meyer's excellence, posting a 68-29 mark in nine seasons. His resume includes BCS bowl wins in the Fiesta and Sugar.
Washington, Keith Gilbertson, 1-10, Ty Willingham, 2-9
How it turned out: Ushered out amid controversy from Notre Dame, Willingham never managed a winning season at UW, fired after an 0-12 year in 2008. He's currently out of coaching.