According to Brock Huard of ESPN, UNC is the top available job in college football right now. Let's look at his criteria for selecting a school.
As I set out to rank the best available job openings based on desirability to potential hires, I asked a handful of current and former collegiate coaches and ESPN analysts to get their opinions, accounting for eight factors: facilities, tradition, committed administration and boosters, coaching staff budget, captive local population, livability, centralized recruiting base and current talent level.
Now let's see what he has to say about Carolina...
UNC was the landslide winner among those I polled, and this job also scores well because of the area's incredible livability and centralized recruiting base. Butch Davis was able to recruit top-end talent to Chapel Hill before he landed in hot water over NCAA rules violations.
Even though Carolina is still first and foremost a basketball school, the pieces are in place to accomplish what the Texas Longhorns, Florida Gators and Ohio State Buckeyes have done during the past decade: win big in both hoops and football. The school's academic reputation, state-of-the-art facilities and strong alumni base help create the opportunity for the school to break through on the gridiron.
The talent level of this roster is strong as well. The Tar Heels have put together ESPN's 13th-, 24th- and 16th-ranked classes the last three years, the best marks of any of the five teams listed here. Sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner has shown flashes of brilliance, and star freshman running back Giovani Bernard has rushed for more than 100 yards per game. Replacing defensive end Quinton Coples and linebacker Zach Brown's defensive production will be paramount in 2012, but the cupboards are full of enough talent and athleticism to compete for ACC titles in the years ahead.
This is good to hear. Obviously as Carolina fans, we think our school is unrivaled. But it's good to see that from a national perspective, UNC is a great landing spot for coaches. Hopefully this will translate into the perfect coach for the job, whoever that ends up being. I keep hearing more and more Gus Malzahn rumors, but who knows.
I won't post the rest of the list out of respect for the author, but if you are an ESPN Insider you can read the article on the website.
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