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Predicting Who College Football Programs Will Hire When Their Coaches Leave

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Today was a massive day in the college football world a year ago. One of the sport's greatest coaches of all-time announced a shocking retirement.

Yes, it was a year ago today that then-Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced he was stepping down as the Sooners coach, replaced by Lincoln Riley.

In honor of Stoops' one-year retirement anniversary, let's take a look (again) at some predictions for college football programs' next head coaches.

If your program's head coach abruptly stepped away like Stoops did, who would they try to hire?

Here are our guesses:

Alabama: Dabo Swinney

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

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The Crimson Tide's first call when Nick Saban decides to retire is going to be to Dabo Swiney, who played at Alabama.

Will Swinney leave, though? Some are starting to think he won't.

Clemson: Brent Venables

A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium.

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The Tigers did pretty well the last time they decided to give the head coaching job to an assistant coach. Why not do it again?

Michigan: David Shaw

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Jim Harbaugh is probably going to be at Michigan for a while, but when he does decide to leave - for, maybe, the NFL - Shaw would be a perfect hire.

Michigan State: Pat Narduzzi

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio speaking at a press conference.

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If Mark Dantonio decides to leave the Spartans, the obvious move would be to just bring back his former top assistant.

Notre Dame: Urban Meyer

A closeup of Brian Kelly during a Notre Dame football game.

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Meyer has previously called Notre Dame his "dream" job. There are some who still think he'll end up in South Bend, Ind. someday. The Fighting Irish would try to pluck him if Kelly leaves.

Ohio State: Tom Herman

A closeup of Urban Meyer clapping before an Ohio State football game.

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Herman's not going to leave Texas - probably, anyway - but the Buckeyes first call after Urban Meyer leaves would be to his former star assistant coach.

Penn State: Matt Rhule

James Franklin high fives his players as they come off the field.

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Rhule, 42, did a tremendous job at nearby Temple and with a couple of good seasons at Baylor, he could be the guy to eventually replace James Franklin, if he leaves earlier than expected.

Texas - Mike Norvell

A closeup of Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman

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Tom Herman is very young and, hopefully, he'll be at Texas for a long time, but if for some reason the Longhorns have to make a change, perhaps Mike Norvell will get the call. He's young, on the rise and should be ready for a big job in a couple of years at the latest.