COLLEGE FOOTBALL, USA — In this week’s bonus episode of The college football survivor show, Doug Lesmerises and Shehan Jeyarajah Discuss assistant coaches and pick the top four for playoff football assistant coach mount rushmore.
They did the same with running backs, receivers, quarterbacks, defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs, giving them 24 Rushmore-worthy players. The head coaches will be next. But it was time for the guys in the middle to have their day.
Alabama has participated in the college football playoffs in seven of the eight years the playoffs have existed. In those seven years, there were 66 assistant coaching spots at Alabama — nine from 2014 through 2017 and 10 in 2018, 2020 and 2021.
There were 37 different coaches who filled those 66 spots. This included 17 who were part of one playoff, 13 who were part of two playoffs, five who were part of three playoffs and two who were part of four playoffs.
Is there a helper in this group who will make it to our Mount Rushmore playoffs? Is he one of the five offensive coordinators or one of the four defensive coordinators who were part of Crimson Tide’s success?
Meanwhile, Clemson has made six playoff appearances, with 57 assistant coaching spots. Only 13 assistants filled them, including six who were there for every playoff appearance for the Tigers. This is changing, with longtime coordinators Tony Elliot (Virginia) and Brent Venables (Oklahoma) taking head coaching positions.
But which Tiger helpers belong in this discussion and on this mountain?
Two successful programs, two distinct assistant coach models.
Thirty-seven coaches in 66 spots is 1.78 playoff appearances per assistant for Alabama.
Thirteen assists in 57 spots is 4.38 playoff appearances per assist for Clemson.,
In between is Ohio State, with four playoff appearances, 38 berths and 21 different assists. That’s 1.81 appearances per assistant.
So what programs have an assistant in this mountain? Check out the latest bonus episode for Apple Podcast subscribers. You can sign up with Apple for $2.99 a month to get four bonus episodes, which is less than $1 a listen. And don’t forget the other episode of The College Football Survivor Show every week that’s available to everyone wherever you listen to podcasts.
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