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Monday Morning Optimist: These are the Power 5 coaching positions available in the NCAA

Maybe one of them has a fully guaranteed, seven year deal to throw around.

Indiana v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

I’ve been trying to tell you that the Carolina Panthers are young and full of promising talent since Cam Newton’s first shoulder injury in 2018 took them quickly from the status of contenders to that of a rudderless ship. The next coach, I once said, would have so much to work with. I won’t write that column again. Not for a fifth consecutive season. Not when there are only seven Panthers left in Charlotte who were on that young and promising 2018 roster.

The Panthers have fallen to 1-26 in games in which their opponents have scored more than 17 points. That includes 24 straight losses. The average number of points scored by an NFL team was 23 last season. This season, 22 teams have averaged 17 or more points per game. By any metric, Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers are not a successful team.

Without further ado, here is an alphabetical list of head coaching vacancies amongst NCAA Power Five conference teams:

  1. Arizona State
  2. Colorado Buffaloes
  3. Georgia Tech
  4. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  5. Wisconsin Badgers