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Pick 6: College football coaches on the rise

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2014 at 10:40 am •  Published: August 16, 2014
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Now that Chris Petersen has left Boise State for Washington, college football needs another coach from outside the so-called Big 5 conferences that will have his name come up for almost every big job.

Six coaches whose names are likely to come up often when the jobs start coming open this season.

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Matt Campbell, Toledo.

At 34 years old, Campbell begins his third full season as the Rockets' coach and is still one of the youngest head coaches in the country. The former quarterback at Division III powerhouse Mount Union is 17-9 with the Rockets, who are expected to contend for a MAC title again. If he's not coaching in a Big 5 conference before he's 40, it'll be surprising.

Doc Holliday, Marshall.

It's taken a few years for Holliday, a native of Hurricane, West Virginia, to sort things out at Marshall but he's got it rolling now. The Thundering Herd went 10-4 last season and is primed for another big year in Conference USA. The 57-year-old former Mountaineers player and assistant coach also did a stint at Florida under Urban Meyer. If West Virginia were dive back into the coaching market, Holliday seems like an obvious candidate.

Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana.

Hudspeth has put up three straight 9-4 seasons in Lafayette, Louisiana, and become something of a social media sensation for his impressive work in the weight room — he bench presses about as much as a linebacker. The Ragin' Cajuns are poised for another big year and with his roots in the south, he seems like a natural to eventually land in the SEC.

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