Did you know there are six current FCS head coaches who have been head coaches at Power Five Conference schools? Can you name them. And there are 10 total who have been head coaches at the FBS level, including Group of Five schools? Can you name any of them?
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Here's a look at those coaches who have experienced both levels of Division I football, where they've been, and where they're heading.
POWER 5 TO THE FCS
TURNER GILL, LIBERTY
FBS SCHOOL (RECORD): Kansas (5-19 from 2010-11).
THE SKINNY: Gill, the former Nebraska star quarterback from the 1980s, became quite the sensation when he led what was once a bottom-dwelling FBS program in Buffalo to the MAC championship in 2008. That immediately put him on the radar screen for a P5 job and Kansas jumped on the opportunity. But, it's tough to win at Kansas too, but guess what? He's build Liberty into a winner — going 38-27 in his six-year tenure.[divider]
DAN HAWKINS, UC-DAVIS
FBS SCHOOL (RECORD): Colorado (19-39 from 2006-10).
THE SKINNY: Hawkins, the highly creative recruiter and one of the architects of what we saw happen at Boise State a bit more than a decade, has already provided a spark with the Aggies at UC Davis. They've become more competitive and he's brought name recognition to the Big Sky program. Don't be surprised if the Aggies become a factor in the Big Sky race each year..[divider]
MIKE LONDON, HOWARD
FBS SCHOOL (RECORD): Virginia (27-46 from 2010-15).
THE SKINNY: For decades, London has been a factor in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. — both as a coach and as a top recruiter. He played his college ball at Richmond and had three coaching stints with the Spiders, including as a successful head coach from 2008-09. That got him the job at Virginia. Already the Bison have shown sparks of improvement in London's first season — they beat the first FBS team in school history (UNLV) and then nearly repeated the feat against Kent State. They are 5-1 in the MEAC as of this week.[divider]
BO PELINI, YOUNGSTOWN STATE
FBS SCHOOL (RECORD): Nebraska (67-27 from 2008-14).
THE SKINNY: While Pelini and the Nebraska administration had some problems off the field, there's no question about what he was able to do on the field with the Cornhuskers. His teams were impressive in his 7 seasons, and in his second year with the Penguins after leaving Nebraska, he took YSU to a national championship game in Frisco.[divider]
BUDDY TEEVENS, DARTMOUTH
FBS SCHOOL (RECORD): Stanford (10-23 from 2002-04).
THE SKINNY: Teevens was the head coach at Stanford before Jim Harbaugh took over, and Teevens had been an assistant at Florida and Illinois prior. Like most recent Stanford coaches before Harbaugh and David Shaw, he had a tough time coaching the Cardinal — but he's been an excellent head coach at the FCS level with Dartmouth and previously with Maine. He also was once the head coach at Tulane.[divider]
CARL TORBUSH, EAST TENNESSEE STATE
FBS SCHOOL (RECORD): North Carolina (17-18 from 1997-2000).
THE SKINNY: Not only has Torbush been the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, he also was the head coach at Louisiana Tech for a stint. Along with that, he was at Baylor, Ole Miss, Alabama and Texas A&M as an assistant, as well as FCS schools like Southeastern Louisiana and Liberty. He and his staff are rebuilding ETSU's program after it had been dormant for a number of years, and there have been bright spots.[divider]
These four current FCS head coaches have been head coaches at Group of Five schools:
|School||Head coach||FBS HC|
|Florida A&M||Alex Wood||Buffalo|
|McNeese||Lance Guidry||Miami-Ohio, Western Kentucky|
|SEMO||Tom Matukewicz||Northern Illinois|
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