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CBS Sportsline Decade Ranking 120

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120. New Mexico State: As many coaches as conferences (three each) since 2000. The Aggies have posted only four winning seasons since 1967. Tony Samuel, who coached two of those seasons, was fired after 2004. And the program isn't exactly digging out of the muck. New Mexico State has won 11 games since a winless season in 2005. Hal Mumme tried his luck in Las Cruces after leaving I-AA Southeastern Louisiana in 2005. His Aggies teams put up a bunch of yards but won only 11 games in four seasons. What lands this program in last place is the upside. There isn't much of one. New Mexico State is clearly over its head in the WAC. This was a curious place for UCLA defensive coordinator Dewayne Walker to land. He could have done better for his first head coaching job. Coaches don't leave Las Cruces and get better jobs – their careers die there.

119. Western Kentucky: Division I-A's newest member was the 2002 I-AA national champ. Unlike No. 120, the commitment is there to grow the program. Its 511 victories would rank 26th all-time in I-A.

118. Idaho: The program produced one of the best football book's of all-time (Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer's Instant Replay). Unfortunately, the actual football is at an all-time low. Entering its 14th season in I-A, the Vandals haven't had a winning season since 1999.

117. SMU: Still feeling the effects of the death penalty more than two decades later. The Mustangs are coming off consecutive 1-11 seasons.

116. Florida International: Where is the money going? The Panthers took a $700,000 check to play at Iowa last year but can't afford a marching band or cheerleaders?

115. Army: One of the biggest mysteries of the universe is why Navy and Air Force can win, but Army can't. Rich Ellerson becomes the fifth coach since 2003.

114. Temple: Kicked to the curb by the Big East, the Owls are showing signs of life. After a dreadful decade, one dreamer has picked them to win the MAC East.

113. Duke: So far, the Blue Devils have posted the worst record in I-A this decade (14-90). In David Cutcliffe's second season there is reason for hope.

112. Eastern Michigan: Misery loves company. Only nine miles separate Eastern Michigan and Michigan and their 3-9 records in 2008.

111. Utah State: Ute Magic? Utah defensive coordinator Gary Anderson becomes the Aggies' fifth coach since 1997.
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I don't know why, but they did this one backwards.


91. Louisiana Tech: Jack Bicknell III won the WAC in 2001. The Bulldogs are rebounding under Derek Dooley.

92. Ball State: The Cardinals haven't been terrible this decade. They just haven't been good, until 2008. You wonder which way they will go after the administration drove Brady Hoke out of town.

93. Vanderbilt: One bowl in a quarter century doesn't make up for all those years looking up at the SEC.

94. San Jose State: Dick Tomey has brought tons of credibility to this program. The current president of the American Football Coaches Association has won 23 games in four seasons.

95. UTEP: Mike Price's night in Pensacola is the best thing that ever happened to UTEP. 'Bama's disgraced former coach has won eight twice in El Paso and might have his best UTEP team in '09.

96. UAB: One bowl this decade, playing in the shadow of Alabama, Legion Field is a tomb, won only six of its past 30. Then, there's the bad news. …

97. Indiana: The Big Ten's worst program has lost more than 70 games this decade. It suffered the tragic loss of coach Terry Hoeppner two years ago.

98. Baylor: Longest active bowless streak among BCS conference schools (15 years). All that could change in 2009.

99. Arkansas State: Steve Roberts has brought some stability to the other program in Arkansas. The Indians have been 6-6 in three of the past four seasons.

100. Middle Tennessee: Head coach Rick Stockstill has shared a Sun Belt title and beat Maryland in his three seasons.


101. Kent State: High point of the decade: James Harrison went from undrafted free agent in 2002 to NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

102. Ohio: Still hard to believe this is all Frank Solich could get after averaging almost 10 wins per year at Nebraska.

103. Buffalo: Despite winning the MAC last season, the Bulls still have the country's fourth-worst record since 2000 (25-81)

104. Wyoming: One winning season (2004) this decade.

105. San Diego State: One of the great mysteries of our time is why a campus located in one of America's finest resort cities – in California, for gosh sakes – with sun shining on it and good high school talent surrounding it, can't field a representative college football team.

Welcome to San Diego State, where the Aztecs have become one of the nation's moribund programs in recent years. The school of Don Coryell and Marshall Faulk has endured seven consecutive non-winning seasons. While the school figures out how to pay off Chuck Long (9-27 in three seasons), new coach Brady Hoke must figure what went wrong.

No problem, there. Hoke has few West Coast ties and seemed to make a lateral move when he left Ball State. We're not asking Hoke to land a Heisman winner (four have come from the San Diego area), but a nice, tall, strong-armed West Coast quarterback would be a nice start.

106. Louisiana-Monroe: The 2007 win at Alabama stands as one of the biggest upsets of the decade. Since then, the Warhawks are 5-8.

107. Louisiana-Lafayette: Rickey Bustle came from Virginia Tech in 2002 as one of the nation's hottest assistants. He has won six games in a season three times.


108. UNLV: This is the program you didn't hear about from Orrin Hatch. At the opposite end of the Mountain West playoff argument are the Rebels. The school has tried to hire coaches from established West Coast conferences but, for the most part, it hasn't worked. Former Southern California great John Robinson and former Utah offensive coordinator Mike Sanford have struggled this decade. The last bowl was in 2000 under Robby.

109. Tulane: Almost wiped off the map by a hurricane and the Tulane administration, the Green Wave fight on – at a .368 winning percentage this decade.

110. North Texas: Since four consecutive Sun Belt titles earlier in the decade, the Mean Green are 8-39. The prospects are not good.
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Ya gotta love the sarcasm in the comment for FIU! And how true!!
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FAU trumps UCF!

This part is great:

"O'Leary got everything he wanted when he arrived in 2004 – salary, facilities, recruits. But something was always missing. Consistency, mostly. In the same season (2005) the Knights lost their 17th consecutive game and played in the program's first-ever I-A bowl game. That eight-win season was followed by a 4-8 season in 2006. There was that Conference USA title in 2007, followed by another 4-8 record in 2008."
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Decade rankings 71-90: Knights haven't been golden in Golden Decade

As a lead-in to our preseason coverage, CBSSports.com continues to rank each Division I-A program over the next few weeks based on its performance this decade. We're calling it The Golden Decade.

The list continues with Nos. 71-90.

71. Northern Illinois: In 2003, the Huskies beat Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State and contended for a BCS bowl.

72. Miami (Ohio): Thanks Ben. That 13-1 season for the ages in 2003 was definitely a spike. The RedHawks have been 45-51 (including a pair of 2-10s) otherwise in the 2000s.

73. Kentucky: A long, dark period of Wildcat football ended in 2006. Kentucky has won three consecutive bowls for the second time in its history.

74. Rutgers: BCS contention in 2006. Back-to-back eight-win seasons since. The old Rutgers is gone under Greg Schiano.

75. Nevada: Wolf Pack are 35-28 in Chris Ault's third term as coach.

76. Western Michigan: One division title this decade but on solid ground with fifth-year coach Bill Cubit.

77. Central Michigan: Brian Kelly, Butch Jones and Dan LeFevour have led the Chips to the top of the MAC. Central Michigan followed up a 2006 league title with back-to-back eight-win seasons.

78. Connecticut: The Huskies are poster children for The Golden Decade. The program moved up to Division I-A in 2000, had its first winning season four years later and now is an established Big East member. If you're able to recruit to UConn, you can recruit anywhere. That's why Randy Edsall is one of the hottest coaches around.

79. Florida Atlantic: Yeah, yeah the Owls have been Division I-A since only 2005, but Howard Schnellenberger has beaten UAB, Memphis and Minnesota as well as sharing a Sun Belt title. Not bad for a program that started in 2001.

80. Syracuse: When the decade began, The 'Cuse was still a Big East power. As it ends, it is one of the worst programs in the country. The last winning record came in 2001. Doug Marrone tries to dig out the Orange.

81. Mississippi State: The Sylvester Croom experiment failed. Now Dan Mullen tries to resurrect the Bulldogs. That makes two men with no head coaching experience since Jackie Sherrill left.

82. Stanford: One of the casualties of Southern California's dominance. The Cardinal started the decade as Pac-10 champions before losing the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2000. Since then there have been four coaches and one winning season.

83. Houston: Twenty years ago, this program produced a Heisman Trophy winner (Andre Ware). It has rebounded lately under Art Briles (2006 Conference USA champions) and Kevin Sumlin.

84. Marshall: Would have been rated much higher had we not found out exactly how Bobby Pruett won all those games in Huntington. Since he left in 2005, the Herd have played by the rules and are a combined 12 games under .500.

85. East Carolina: Eliminate the John Thompson era (2003-2004), and the Pirates are 47-40 this decade. The school got tired of Steve Logan and let him go after 2002. It must not make the same mistake with Skip Holtz, who has won 24 games and a Conference USA title in three seasons. The Pirates might not have a choice if Holtz keeps winning. His next job could be at a BCS school, and soon.

86. Central Florida: Hard to figure. This 30-year-old program joined its first I-A conference in 2001 (MAC). Since then it has been a mixed bag. Beginning in 2004, the Knights have alternated winning seasons.

The ups have been great. Kevin Smith came within 61 yards of Barry Sanders' single-season rushing record in 2007. Central Florida won Conference USA that same year. But overall, coach George O'Leary is 10 games below .500 in Orlando.

O'Leary got everything he wanted when he arrived in 2004 – salary, facilities, recruits. But something was always missing. Consistency, mostly. In the same season (2005) the Knights lost their 17th consecutive game and played in the program's first-ever I-A bowl game. That eight-win season was followed by a 4-8 season in 2006. There was that Conference USA title in 2007, followed by another 4-8 record in 2008.

In March 2008, player Ereck Plancher died following a workout due to complications from sickle cell trait. O'Leary and the program endured much criticism. It was reported that sickle cell trait has become the leading cause of death this decade among I-A football players. Earlier this year, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school. Recently, the NCAA announced it would formally endorse testing athletes for sickle cell trait.

87. North Carolina: You want to doubt Mack Brown? Check out what he did at Chapel Hill. Then realize why it has taken the program this long to get it back. Mack is damn good.

88. Akron: Four winning records this decade, the last in 2005.

89. Rice: A modern marvel of the 2000s. The Owls have come from the absolute dregs to a 10-win season in 2008. Credit David Bailiff for keeping Todd Graham's momentum going.

90. Arizona: Coming off their first bowl in 10 years, the Wildcats have hope under Mike Stoops.
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Decade rankings 71-90: Knights haven't been golden in Golden Decade

As a lead-in to our preseason coverage, CBSSports.com continues to rank each Division I-A program over the next few weeks based on its performance this decade. We're calling it The Golden Decade.

The list continues with Nos. 71-90.

71. Northern Illinois: In 2003, the Huskies beat Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State and contended for a BCS bowl.

72. Miami (Ohio): Thanks Ben. That 13-1 season for the ages in 2003 was definitely a spike. The RedHawks have been 45-51 (including a pair of 2-10s) otherwise in the 2000s.

73. Kentucky: A long, dark period of Wildcat football ended in 2006. Kentucky has won three consecutive bowls for the second time in its history.

74. Rutgers: BCS contention in 2006. Back-to-back eight-win seasons since. The old Rutgers is gone under Greg Schiano.

75. Nevada: Wolf Pack are 35-28 in Chris Ault's third term as coach.

76. Western Michigan: One division title this decade but on solid ground with fifth-year coach Bill Cubit.

77. Central Michigan: Brian Kelly, Butch Jones and Dan LeFevour have led the Chips to the top of the MAC. Central Michigan followed up a 2006 league title with back-to-back eight-win seasons.

78. Connecticut: The Huskies are poster children for The Golden Decade. The program moved up to Division I-A in 2000, had its first winning season four years later and now is an established Big East member. If you're able to recruit to UConn, you can recruit anywhere. That's why Randy Edsall is one of the hottest coaches around.

79. Florida Atlantic: Yeah, yeah the Owls have been Division I-A since only 2005, but Howard Schnellenberger has beaten UAB, Memphis and Minnesota as well as sharing a Sun Belt title. Not bad for a program that started in 2001.

80. Syracuse: When the decade began, The 'Cuse was still a Big East power. As it ends, it is one of the worst programs in the country. The last winning record came in 2001. Doug Marrone tries to dig out the Orange.

81. Mississippi State: The Sylvester Croom experiment failed. Now Dan Mullen tries to resurrect the Bulldogs. That makes two men with no head coaching experience since Jackie Sherrill left.

82. Stanford: One of the casualties of Southern California's dominance. The Cardinal started the decade as Pac-10 champions before losing the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2000. Since then there have been four coaches and one winning season.

83. Houston: Twenty years ago, this program produced a Heisman Trophy winner (Andre Ware). It has rebounded lately under Art Briles (2006 Conference USA champions) and Kevin Sumlin.

84. Marshall: Would have been rated much higher had we not found out exactly how Bobby Pruett won all those games in Huntington. Since he left in 2005, the Herd have played by the rules and are a combined 12 games under .500.

85. East Carolina: Eliminate the John Thompson era (2003-2004), and the Pirates are 47-40 this decade. The school got tired of Steve Logan and let him go after 2002. It must not make the same mistake with Skip Holtz, who has won 24 games and a Conference USA title in three seasons. The Pirates might not have a choice if Holtz keeps winning. His next job could be at a BCS school, and soon.

86. Central Florida: Hard to figure. This 30-year-old program joined its first I-A conference in 2001 (MAC). Since then it has been a mixed bag. Beginning in 2004, the Knights have alternated winning seasons.

The ups have been great. Kevin Smith came within 61 yards of Barry Sanders' single-season rushing record in 2007. Central Florida won Conference USA that same year. But overall, coach George O'Leary is 10 games below .500 in Orlando.

O'Leary got everything he wanted when he arrived in 2004 – salary, facilities, recruits. But something was always missing. Consistency, mostly. In the same season (2005) the Knights lost their 17th consecutive game and played in the program's first-ever I-A bowl game. That eight-win season was followed by a 4-8 season in 2006. There was that Conference USA title in 2007, followed by another 4-8 record in 2008.

In March 2008, player Ereck Plancher died following a workout due to complications from sickle cell trait. O'Leary and the program endured much criticism. It was reported that sickle cell trait has become the leading cause of death this decade among I-A football players. Earlier this year, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school. Recently, the NCAA announced it would formally endorse testing athletes for sickle cell trait.

87. North Carolina: You want to doubt Mack Brown? Check out what he did at Chapel Hill. Then realize why it has taken the program this long to get it back. Mack is damn good.

88. Akron: Four winning records this decade, the last in 2005.

89. Rice: A modern marvel of the 2000s. The Owls have come from the absolute dregs to a 10-win season in 2008. Credit David Bailiff for keeping Todd Graham's momentum going.

90. Arizona: Coming off their first bowl in 10 years, the Wildcats have hope under Mike Stoops.


So how do you read this thing? Is it saying we're better than North Carolina? and ECU? or we're better than Rutgers and UConn?

Unfortunately I'd have to disagree with both. We're certainly not better than UNC. ECU has a shot at a possible BCS bowl game especially under Skip Holtz, I'd love to be just as good as Rutgers but we're not even close. UConn is still fairly new to football much like us but being in the Big East they've had a lot of success so far

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Jab979 said

So how do you read this thing? Is it saying we're better than North Carolina? and ECU? or we're better than Rutgers and UConn?

It' saying for the DECADE we are better…….

Not one or two years…
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Jab979 said

So how do you read this thing? Is it saying we're better than North Carolina? and ECU? or we're better than Rutgers and UConn?

It' saying for the DECADE we are better…….

Not one or two years…


ahhhhh ok that explains it. Until Butch Davis got to UNC they sucked! Until Schiano took over at Rutgers I don't think anyone even knew they had a football team

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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