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Tracking Potential Head Coach Candidates for KU Football - Week 5

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No one knows what Jeff Long is thinking, but we’re keeping an eye on potential Beaty replacements throughout the season.

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Standard Intro: As requested by the commentariat, I’ve put together a list of most of the potential head coaching candidates that we discussed here at RCT during the offseason. You can find the links to those articles here, and here is the first post and explanation for why so-and-so is or isn’t on the list.

Air Force had a VERY impressive win over Navy this past weekend, while North Texas and Fresno State continued to march on. And after starting 0-3, UTSA has now evened its season record.

The table below has been updated with the most recent salary information available from the annual USA Today salary database. For the most part, it’s bad news, as it only makes two of the coaches on our list more affordable (as compared to the numbers I had googled at the beginning of this series), Major Applewhite and Jim Harbaugh (although the dream of Michigan firing him after an 8-5 campaign is all but dead).

The buyouts are higher for Craig Bohl, Jason Candle, Chris Creighton, Doc Holliday, Lane Kiffin, Seth Littrell, Mike Norvell, Scott Satterfield, Jeff Tedford, and Frank Wilson.

Once again, in alphabetical order:

Potential Coaches Wk 6

Name Age Position School Salary Buyout 2018 Last Week
Name Age Position School Salary Buyout 2018 Last Week
Major Applewhite 40 HC Houston 1.75 M 2.1 M 4-1 W vs Tulsa 41-26
Tim Beck 52 OC Texas 800 K Unk 5-1 W vs OU 48-45
Craig Bohl 60 HC Wyoming 1.4 M 8 M 2-4 L @ HAW 17-13
Neal Brown 38 HC Troy 810 K 2.9 M 5-1 W vs GSU 37-20
Troy Calhoun 51 HC Air Force 885 K Unk 2-3 W vs Navy 35-7
Matt Canada 46 OC Maryland 650 K 225 K 3-2 L @ Mich 42-21
Jason Candle 38 HC Toledo 1.1 M 3.5 M 3-2 W vs BGSU 52-36
Chris Creighton 49 HC Eastern Michigan 460 K 950 K 2-4 L @ WVU 27-24
Dave Doeren 46 HC NC State 3 M 6.1 M 5-0 W vs BC 28-23
Mike Elko 41 DC Texas A&M 1.8 M Unk 4-2 W vs UK 20-14 OT
Willie Fritz 58 HC Tulane 1.6 M Unk 2-4 L @ Cinci 37-21
Jim Harbaugh 54 HC Michigan 7.5 M 17.1 M 5-1 W vs Terps 42-21
Doc Holliday 61 HC Marshall 760 K 1.9 M 3-2 L vs MTSU 34-24
Lane Kiffin 43 HC Florida Atlantic 1 M 2.8 M 3-3 W vs ODU 52-33
Jim Leonhard 35 DC Wisconsin 600 K Unk 4-1 W vs NEB 41-24
Seth Littrell 40 HC North Texas 1.4 M 4.4 M 5-1 W @ UTEP 27-24
Jeff Monken 51 HC Army 930 K Unk 3-2 Bye
Ken Niumatalolo 53 HC Navy 2.1 M Unk 2-3 L @ AF 35-7
Mike Norvell 36 HC Memphis 2.6 M 7.4 M 4-2 W vs UConn 55-14
Scott Satterfield 45 HC Appalachian St 712 K 2.1 M 3-1 Bye
Jeff Tedford 56 HC Fresno St 1.5 M 5.4 M 4-1 W @ NEV 21-3
Ed Warriner 57 OL Michigan 525 K None 5-1 W vs Terps 42-21
Frank Wilson 44 HC UTSA 1.1 M 3.5 M 3-3 W @ Rice 20-3
Mike Yurcich 42 OC Oklahoma State 800 K Unk 4-2 L vs ISU 48-42

Once again, my personal list is as follows, in order of my favorites: Neal Brown, Jeff Tedford, Seth Littrell, Jeff Monken, Chris Creighton, Willie Fritz, Jason Candle, Tim Beck. Even though the buyouts are higher on some of these guys than I thought, I will still be ecstatic if Jeff Long pulls one of these guys.

It should also be noted that Bob Stitt, a dark-horse candidate in these circles the last time around, is currently an offensive analyst with Oklahoma State. Names of coaches that are currently unemployed include Les Miles, Bret Bielema, Todd Graham, and... Mark Mangino?