College Football Roundtable: Look for these assistants to be head coaches next season

At the College Football Roundtable, we ask members of the coverage staff for their opinions about a topic in the sport.

This week's question: Which current college assistant are you most confident will have a head-coaching job at an FBS school next season?

Mike Huguenin's answer: I think there are two assistants who basically are locks to be head coaches next year at this time: Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Smart, 36, is heading into his fifth season with the Tide and he also has worked in the NFL. He has done good work with the Tide, though I think some ADs might be leery because coach Nick Saban is such a defensive strategist; they may figure Smart is just a figurehead as coordinator, even though Saban says that is not true. As for Monken, 44, he is headed into his second season with the Cowboys. He also has NFL experience, along with a varied college background. Some ADs will want to hire a new coach with an offensive background. Some will want a guy with a defensive background. Regardless, expect Monken and Smart to be elsewhere next season.

Steve Megargee's answer: I'm a little surprised Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart isn't a head coach already. I didn't think he had much left to prove as an assistant. He won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant two years ago. He followed that up by coordinating the nation's most dominant defense and helping the Crimson Tide win a national championship last season. Smart is back in Tuscaloosa for at least one more season as an assistant on Nick Saban's staff. Alabama fans should appreciate him while they have him. I can't imagine he'll remain an assistant much longer.

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