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Head coach Bobby Bowden is still in the batter's box for the Florida State Seminoles but Jimbo Fisher is in the on-deck circle, already announced as Bowden's eventual successor.

Head coach Rich Brooks is still in the batter's box for the Kentucky Wildcats but Joker Phillips waits in the on-deck circle, already tabbed to move up when Brooks moves out. These developments suggest two things: 1. Having a colorful nickname – Jimbo or Joker, for instance – may help you land a head-coaching position in college football. 2. Some schools will go to great lengths to keep...

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