Iowa State football: Five head coaches that could replace Paul Rhoads

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Dec 21, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth talks to his team during the second half of their game against the Tulane Green Wave in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Hudspeth

  • Head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Also coached at North Alabama
  • Overall record: 99-36
  • Bowls: 3-0

Interestingly enough, Hudspeth was succeeded by Bowden in 2009 after compiling a 66-21 record at North Alabama in seven years. Despite the overall success he never made it past the Division II semifinal and eventually went to Mississippi State to be a wide receivers coach before getting hired again in the Division I ranks.

Hudspeth has been nothing but a success with the Ragin’ Cajuns, and he’s won three straight New Orleans Bowl games. He’ll be moving on from the Sun Belt very soon, and with having recruiting connections down South, he’s probably a better hire than Bowden. Being 12 years younger than Bowden also helps.