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It’s “MAC Week” here at Crystal Ball Run, and if there’s one certainty about this league through the years, it’s that it’s become known as somewhat of a cradle for future college football coaching superstars. In the same way that every great actor seems to have done a random two-episode stint at General Hospital at some point in their careers, it seems like every major college football coach has had a bit of #MACtion flowing through their veins at some point along the way as well.
The list of current and former head coaches who have served MAC apprentices is staggering. Nick Saban went 9-2 in one year at Toledo. Urban Meyer won a combined 17 games in two seasons at Bowling Green. Brian Kelly won a MAC Championship in 2006 at Central Michigan, while Brady Hoke was head coach for six years at Ball State, which paved the way to San Diego State before he returned to Michigan.
At some point, all those guys were all MAC nobodies, who eventually turned into college football somebodies down the line.
So who is the next wave of coaching superstars currently serving MAC apprenticeships?
Crystal Ball Run takes a look at the league’s three newest coaches.