College Football Coaches with the Most Job Security
The college football coaching carousel spun wildly at the end of the 2013 season just as it does every year.
However, rather than hopping off and back on elsewhere, many coaches leveraged the rumors into extensions and raises.
As many athletic departments have shown, a price can't be put on winning, unless its somewhere around $5 million or more.
We'll take a look at 15 coaches who seem to be entrenched at their current programs.
Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Gary Pinkel's status going into his 13th season at Missouri was in question.
After a 5-7 finish in the program's first year in the SEC, he needed a turnaround to keep off the hot seat, particularly after his DWI arrest from 2011.
In 2013, he got his turnaround.
Mizzou surged to 12-2 and captured the SEC East title. The Tigers capped the surprise season off with a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State.
That earned Pinkel a nice extension that will keep him in Columbia until 2020. Tod Palmer of The Kansas City Star suggested that Pinkel is likely to coach the Tigers until he retires. He is already the winningest coach in Mizzou history.
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
In his 15 years at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops has coached the Sooners to 10 or more wins in all but three seasons.
It has been nearly a decade-and-a-half since he brought a national title back to Norman.
While the Sooner faithful might be thirsty for another ring, nothing can beat the sustained success Stoops has had.
His situation is looking great going into 2014 after his team shocked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to cap 2013's 11-2 campaign.
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin has been an instant success at Texas A&M.
He's 20-6 in two years in College Station and has kept the Aggies as one of the strongest teams in college football's toughest conference.
His success drew attention from several other schools, which he leveraged into a six-year extension.
He has been killing it on the recruiting trail as well, which has him set up for long-standing success at A&M.
Jim Mora, UCLA
Jim Mora was a major hire for UCLA, and he has been great in his first two seasons in Westwood, leading the Bruins to a 19-8 record.
He drew attention in the offseason for the opening at Washington, his alma mater.
However, he instead elected to sign an extension with UCLA, which should keep him there at least through 2019.
The next few years will be important ones for Mora, as fans will be expecting Pac-12 titles and College Football Playoff appearances.
But with Brett Hundley running his offense and plenty of talent pumping through the system, Mora is in great shape.
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
It isn't easy to coach at Ohio State, as the program's fans have higher expectations than most.
However, Urban Meyer is the perfect coach for the job.
He is 24-2 in two seasons with the Buckeyes and has been recruiting about as well as any other coach in the country.
The ending to last season was a bit of a disappointment, as OSU fell short of both the Big Ten and national titles.
Nonetheless, he has his squad poised to compete for both for years to come.
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
After leading Michigan State to a 13-1 record, Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl victory, Mark Dantonio was one of the hottest coaches on the market—until MSU took him off the market.
The Spartans locked up their coach with an 83 percent raise and extension, which will keep him in East Lansing for the foreseeable future.
His deal also includes the opportunity to work for the athletic department for five years after the end of his coaching career.
It's likely that Dantonio will be the leader of the MSU football program for a long time.
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Steve Spurrier is one of the greatest coaches in college football history, and South Carolina has made certain that he'll be leading the Gamecocks for years to come.
Spurrier has made the program one of the SEC's best during his tenure.
The Gamecocks have reached 11 wins in each of the last three seasons, winning three straight bowl games in that span.
That earned him an extension and a raise that will have him paid $4 million annually in Columbia through 2018.
David Shaw, Stanford
It has been three years, three BCS bowl appearances and 34 wins for David Shaw at Stanford.
Shaw inherited a Cardinal program that was in great shape thanks to the efforts of Jim Harbaugh, and he has kept up the winning tradition.
That earned him a "long-term" extension in 2012.
After he opted out of this year's coaching carousel, he doesn't seem likely to leave Stanford.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
It didn't take long for Gus Malzahn to achieve success at Auburn.
In just one year, he won 12 games, an SEC title and was just a few points shy of a national championship.
It's clear Malzahn knows how to win, and the Tigers made sure he'll be winning on The Plains for some time.
Auburn signed him to a hefty extension that will keep him at the head of the program through 2019, and his contract will escalate to $5.1 million by then.
Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State
Tim DeRuyter had big shoes to fill replacing longtime coach Pat Hill at Fresno State.
Hill was great for the Bulldogs, but he tapered off a bit late in his career, leaving DeRuyter with a tall task of bringing the program back to prominence. However, he has made it look easy.
He is 20-6 in his two years at the helm and was looking like a hot commodity for other jobs.
Instead, Fresno locked him down with an extension that will keep him with the team through 2018. As long as he keeps winning and doesn't voluntarily go elsewhere, he will be the Dogs' head coach.
Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana-Lafayette's Mark Hudspeth seems destined for an SEC job sometime in the future, but he can stay with his current program as long as he'd like.
The Ragin' Cajuns have finished 9-4 in each of Hudspeth's seasons, capping each season with a New Orleans Bowl win—and last season they captured the Sun Belt title.
The longer ULL can keep Hudspeth in town, the better.
Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Bill Snyder has been the Kansas State football coach for the better part of two decades, and he'll likely be there until he retires.
In two stints at KSU, he has won two conference titles and three divisional crowns. The second stint has brought two 10-win seasons.
Under Snyder, the Wildcats have consistently been a Big 12 title contender. That earned him an extension through the 2017 season.
If he wants to stay coaching the Wildcats longer, the KSU brass probably wouldn't mind.
Art Briles, Baylor
Art Briles has done an incredible job bringing Baylor from Big 12 cellar dwellers to Big 12 champions.
The Bears hadn't even had a winning season in the Big 12 before Briles arrived, but they've finished above .500 in each of the last four years.
As a result, he was one of the hottest names on the coaching market this offseason.
However, he instead decided to remain at Baylor to see through the building of the program and its brand-new stadium.
BU made Briles one of the highest-paid coaches in college football and locked him down through the 2023 season.
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
Jimbo Fisher was given the reins from one of the greatest coaching legends in college football history at Florida State.
He hasn't just kept the program afloat, he brought it back to its highest heights.
The Seminoles are 45-10 in his four years, which earned him an extension. FSU released the terms of the deal, which will keep him in Tallahassee until 2018, on Jan. 5.
The next day, he led the 'Noles to a national title victory over Auburn.
He has Florida State built for success and isn't going anywhere unless he wants to.
Nick Saban, Alabama
Nick Saban is the best and highest-paid coach in college football, and Alabama wouldn't want any other coach leading its program.
He is an astounding 74-15 in his seven years in Tuscaloosa.
Saban-to-Texas talk filled the air last year, so he quieted the rumors by signing an enormous extension that made him one of the highest-paid coaches in all of sports.
The deal should keep him at 'Bama for the rest of his career.
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