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2013 MAC Positional Rankings: Head Coaches

Time to look at the 2013 MAC football season. We're going to preview the conference unit by unit, ranking the teams one through 13 at every position and facet we can think of. Up next? The head coaches.

Frank Solich shakes hands with Bill O'Brien after Ohio opened up their 2012 season with a win in Happy Valley.
Frank Solich shakes hands with Bill O'Brien after Ohio opened up their 2012 season with a win in Happy Valley.
Rob Carr

So, we've gotten through all of the position rankings, now it's time to look at the head ball coaches. The Mid-American Conference has been known to be the coming-up spot for coaches looking to make the jump to bigger conferences. There are some newbies, some oldies, some car salesmen look-alikes and P.J. Fleck. Here's how we rank 'em.

13. Don Treadwell (Miami) - Treadwell hasn't had much success with the RedHawks since taking over in 2011. He's posted a 8-16 record over the two seasons, but what's been more atrocious is his selection of assistants. Offensive coordinator John Klacik nearly ran his alma mater Lockhaven into the ground and Miami fans hope Treadwell doesn't do the same with his.

12. Jeff Quinn (Buffalo) - Jeff Quinn doesn't have a winning record as a head coach. In fact, his record as a head coach is nowhere close to .500. He's 10-28 in three years with Buffalo and a one-game interim game with Central Michigan. But somehow, Buffalo decided to add a few more years onto his contract.

11. P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan) - RTMFB. This ranking is by no means a knock on P.J. Fleck. His inexperience just slots him much lower on the list than other, more experienced coaches. At 32, the only major coaching experience he has is his one season under Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay. Fleck is like a politician. He'll have everyone rowing the boat before the season is over.

10. Rod Carey (Northern Illinois) - Coach Carey has only been in Division I football for two seasons, but both of them have yielded Mid-American Conference titles with NIU. Last season as an offensive coordinator, his play-calling helped Jordan Lynch do Jordan Lynch things and was a big reason NIU made it to the Orange Bowl.

9. Paul Haynes (Kent State) - Haynes has been an assistant coach. Starting with his alma mater Kent State in 1999, he's been with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State and Arkansas before coming back to be the head coach of the Golden Flashes this season. His seven seasons with the Buckeyes might mean strong recruiting connections in the state of Ohio, too.

8. Charley Molnar (Massachusetts) - Although Charley Molnar looks more like a used cars salesman than a head football coach, unlike the past few coaches on the list, he has a year under his belt with the Minutemen. Even though that year with UMass ended with a 1-11 record, he's rebranding the program well with the "Made in Massachusetts" campaign. He also coached at Notre Dame. Pretty respectable.

7. Ron English (Eastern Michigan) - Ron English is scary. It hasn't made him a great head football coach. He won MAC Coach of the Year in 2011 after a 6-6 campaign. But in three other years as the Eagles' head coach, English has only helped Eastern win four more games.

6. Dave Clawson (Bowling Green) - Mr. Clawson has been with the Falcons since 2009 posting winning seasons in two of his four years their. He's 22-28 over his time with the Falcons with losses in both of BG's appearances in bowl games. Overall as a head coach, Clawson is 80-77 and this year could make or break whether he's still above .500 over his career.

5. Dan Enos (Central Michigan) - Since taking over the Chips in 2010, Enos is 13-24, but has managed to do something Clawson hasn't: Win a bowl game, which they did last year beating Western Kentucky in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. Enos has significant Big Ten experience coaching at Michigan State from 2006 to 2009, which gives him in-state connections to scouting future Chippewa products.

4. Matt Campbell (Toledo) - Well, he might not be as experienced, but over one full season at Toledo Campbell has a 10-4 record with a 1-1 record in bowl games. With the high chance of Toledo being successful again this season, Campbell will only climb further away from .500. He's also well-experienced in #MACtion, working as an assistant for Bowling Green in 2006. Also, Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar told our Bryan Vance that Campbell is the best coach in the conference for NFL relations.

3. Pete Lembo (Ball State) - Lembo is 15-10 during his two seasons at Ball State, but when you add in his success at Lehigh, he's 94-46 all time as a head coach. Upward mobility is an understatement. The Great One, Matt Sussman said whilst quantifying #MACtion, "Watch Ball State football next year because Pete Lembo will be your next head coach. I'm not kidding. He's going to coach the entire ACC."

2. Terry Bowden (Akron) - Before anyone jumps down anyone's throat, give Terry Bowden a chance. He started coaching at 26 and since then has posted an overall record of 141-73-2. He succeeded Pat Dye at Auburn during NCAA sanctions (including post-season bans) and led the Tigers to a perfect 11-0 season in his first year. He is forming a great staff, especially with naming Chuck Amato defensive coordinator. He even has broadcasting experience! Give him a chance to build Akron into a competitive force in the MAC, he can most certainly do it.

1. Frank Solich (Ohio) - Frank the Tank. A career 117-63 coach, Solich is by far the most experienced mind in the Mid-American Conference. His success began with the Nebraska Cornhuskers where he won one Big XII Championship, won Eric Crouch the Heisman and was named Big XII Coach of the Year twice before being fired by the wonderful Steve Pederson (Pitt fans catch my drift.) Solich then came to Athens with a goal of rebuilding a program and he's done just that. He's 59-44 with the 'Cats, taking them to conference championships three times. Solich seems to have completed his goal, the only thing left to do is win a conference title.