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6 College Coaches Named Candidates For NFL Jobs

Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team.

ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 30: Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With only a few days left in the 2018 NFL regular season, plenty of NFL jobs are going to become vacant by "Black Monday." Two NFL teams have already sacked their head coaches, with several more expected to do the same.

Plenty of NFL assistants or retread coaches are expected to be top candidates for the jobs. But NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero published a list of potential coaches that includes half-a-dozen top college coaches.

The report named Iowa State's Matt Campbell, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, Washington's Chris Petersen, Stanford's David Shaw, Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley and, of course, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh as the six most likely college coaches to get NFL looks.

Harbaugh is the only coach on the list with prior NFL head coaching experience, from his four-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers.

Has won everywhere he's been, including San Francisco (44-19-1 from 2011-14). Jets' interest was real, but no signs he wants to bolt his alma mater.

Riley has excelled in his two years at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and College Football Playoff appearances. He has also developed two straight Heisman Trophy winners.

If he wants an NFL job, he can get one, and he'd listen if the call came. But it'd have to be the right opportunity and the right market to actually lure him.

Campbell, Petersen, and Fitzgerald were both credited with developing non-traditional programs into successful ones.

Shaw has prior experience as an NFL assistant from 1997 to 2005.