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Who College Football Programs Would Hire If Their Coaches Left

Here are some ideal hires for the top college football programs.

What would your favorite college football program do if your head coach left? Who would they try to hire?

What would Ohio State do if Urban Meyer left? What would Alabama do if Nick Saban left? What would Clemson do if Dabo Swinney left?

We've made some predictions for what college football programs would try to do if their head coaches left.

Alabama: Dabo Swinney

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

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?

Florida: Mike Gundy

This is kind of bold, but Gundy is good enough to deserve an elite job, and I think his personality would play well in Florida and in the SEC.

Florida State: Chris Weinke

There are surely more-experienced coaches that would want the FSU job if Jimbo Fisher leaves, but Weinke is moving up the coaching ladder in the NFL.

Michigan: David Shaw

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

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

Nebraska: Scott Frost

A lot of people thought the Huskers might hire the talented offensive mind when they hired Mike Riley. Scott is now the head coach at UCF and should be in line for a big promotion when the Nebraska job opens up.

Notre Dame: Urban Meyer

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

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.

Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley

Riley is only 33, but he's got a brilliant offensive mind and should be in line for a head coaching job soon.

Penn State: Matt Rhule

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.

Tennessee: Tee Martin

Martin, 38, is currently USC's offensive coordinator and played collegiately at Tennessee.

Texas: Larry Fedora

Fedora was rumored to be a candidate during the Longhorns' recent coaching search. If Tom Herman left unexpectedly, he'd be a guy they'd go after.

USC: Jim Mora

If Clay Helton doesn't work out, would the Trojans just go across the city and pluck Mora, who's had good success at UCLA? Maybe.