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This week, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN published a ranking of the top tiers in college football regarding coaching jobs, numbering the groups one through five.
The Tier 1 jobs, as expected, have the best locations, recruiting resources, facilities, and few financial limitations to build a national powerhouse. Tier 5 jobs, however, have limited recruiting reach, functional facilities, and usually celebrate bowl eligibility.
In Rittenberg’s newest update, Kentucky was ranked in the Tier 4 category alongside the likes of Colorado, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Virginia, and Washington State.
Ranked ahead of the Wildcats in Tier 3? Louisville, Utah, Arizona State, Iowa, UCLA, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Looking at the official tier system, Tier 4 represents resource restrictions, average infrastructure, and limitations with administrative/fan support.
“Recruiting or resource restrictions that make player development a focal point; strong facilities but average overall infrastructure in their conferences; limitations with administrative/fan support; a consistent bowl team that competes for division titles, league titles and New Year’s Six bowls a few times per decade.”
Meanwhile, Louisville and the other Tier 3 schools represent good location, solid facilities, and salary pool, among other perks.
“Good location and/or access to regional recruits; solid facilities and salary pool for assistants and support staff; adequate administrative/fan support with occasional challenges; a place that should regularly contend for division titles and occasionally win the league with a College Football Playoff appearance as a realistic ceiling.”
For those keeping track at home, Kentucky has defeated Louisville in three of the last four years, including a score differential of 101-23 over the last two years.
Kentucky has also dominated Louisville on the recruiting trail, finishing ahead of the Cardinals in the 247Sports team rankings in five of the last seven years.
But hey, at least that location difference – 77 miles – and “adequate fan support” – UK averaged 53,128 fans per home game in 2019 compared to 49,913 fans per game at Louisville – justifies the full tier difference in favor of the Cardinals.