I had an interesting discussion yesterday regarding coaching booms and busts. The question was: How many college football defensive coordinators have gone on to big time success as a head coach?
We could only come up with a handful from recent memory. Bob Stoops has won conference titles, a BCS title and been to BCS bowl games. Charlie Strong will go to the Orange Bowl. Will Muschamp still has a lot to prove but looks promising. Bo Pelini has struggled somewhat.
The most successful--Nick Saban--was a DC in the NFL but never coordinated a college defense.
Ellis Johnson was a failure. Gene Chizik crashed and burned. Mike Dubose... well.
What's your sense? Are DC's more likely to be busts as head coaches?