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He's currently under fire for his involvement with a Texas recruiting services provider, but in directing the Ducks to the BCS title game last season, Kelly showed that he's one of the country's most innovative offensive minds, a shrewd play-caller and a perfect fit at Nike U.
8. LES MILES
With all the maddening close calls and bizarre finishes, it's easy to forget that the Mad Hatter does win. In his six years in Baton Rouge, Miles has won a national title, is 5--1 in bowl games and has four seasons of 11 wins or more.
9. JIMBO FISHER
A rising star in the coaching world, Fisher waited his turn in Tallahassee and now has the Seminoles positioned to dominate the ACC. Stoops and Chizik won national titles in their second year; Fisher, who last year led Florida State to its first 10-win season since 2003, could be next.
10. BRIAN KELLY
Although the Irish's 8--5 record in Kelly's first year fell short of some fans' expectations, there's no ignoring his track record. He's won at Cincinnati and Grand Valley State, and he's on his way to doing the same at Notre Dame, which ended 2010 on a four-game winning streak that included victories over USC and Miami.