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.
Eastern Michigan had a huge win over Toledo this past weekend, while Houston, North Texas, Army, Fresno, and Appalachian State all marched on with victories as well. Troy suffered a setback at the hands of
the evil Turner Gill and Liberty, but I still expect Neal Brown to be on the short list for any P5 AD looking for a coach this winter.
And with their win over Wisconsin, barring a complete collapse in November, I have officially removed Jim Harbaugh from consideration. Obviously if he wants to come we’ll take him, but the dream of Michigan firing him after another 8-5 season appears dead.
Navy is having a disappointing year so far; same with Wyoming. Willie Fritz is also struggling at Tulane in a year in which many people thought the Green Wave would be able to turn things around. However, the season is only half over; there’s still a LOT of football to be played!
Once again, in alphabetical order:
Potential Coaches Week 7
|Major Applewhite||40||HC||Houston||1.75 M||2.1 M||5-1||W @ ECU 42-20|
|Tim Beck||52||OC||Texas||800 K||Unk||6-1||W vs BAY 23-17|
|Craig Bohl||60||HC||Wyoming||1.4 M||8 M||2-5||L @ Fresno 27-3|
|Neal Brown||38||HC||Troy||810 K||2.9 M||5-2||L @ LIB 22-16|
|Troy Calhoun||51||HC||Air Force||885 K||Unk||2-4||L @ SDSU 21-17|
|Matt Canada||46||OC||Maryland||650 K||225 K||4-2||W @ RUT 34-7|
|Jason Candle||38||HC||Toledo||1.1 M||3.5 M||3-3||L @ EMU 28-26|
|Chris Creighton||49||HC||Eastern Michigan||460 K||950 K||3-4||W vs TOL 28-26|
|Dave Doeren||46||HC||NC State||3 M||6.1 M||5-0||Bye|
|Mike Elko||41||DC||Texas A&M||1.8 M||Unk||5-2||W @ SCAR 26-23|
|Willie Fritz||58||HC||Tulane||1.6 M||Unk||2-4||Bye|
|Doc Holliday||61||HC||Marshall||760 K||1.9 M||4-2||W @ ODU 42-20|
|Lane Kiffin||43||HC||Florida Atlantic||1 M||2.8 M||3-3||Bye|
|Jim Leonhard||35||DC||Wisconsin||600 K||Unk||4-2||L @ MICH 38-13|
|Seth Littrell||40||HC||North Texas||1.4 M||4.4 M||6-1||W vs SMISS 30-7|
|Jeff Monken||51||HC||Army||930 K||Unk||4-2||W @ SJSU 52-3|
|Ken Niumatalolo||53||HC||Navy||2.1 M||Unk||2-4||L vs TEM 24-17|
|Mike Norvell||36||HC||Memphis||2.6 M||7.4 M||4-3||L vs UCF 31-30|
|Scott Satterfield||45||HC||Appalachian St||712 K||2.1 M||4-1||W @ Ark St 35-9|
|Jeff Tedford||56||HC||Fresno St||1.5 M||5.4 M||5-1||W vs WYO 27-3|
|Ed Warriner||57||OL||Michigan||525 K||None||6-1||W vs WIS 38-13|
|Frank Wilson||44||HC||UTSA||1.1 M||3.5 M||3-4||L vs LaTech 31-3|
|Mike Yurcich||42||OC||Oklahoma State||800 K||Unk||4-3||L @ KSU 31-12|
Once again, my personal list is as follows, in order of my favorites: Neal Brown, Seth Littrell, Jeff Monken, Chris Creighton, Jeff Tedford, Willie Fritz, Jason Candle, Tim Beck. KU fans should be happy if any of these guys end up in Lawrence at the end of the year.
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 recent tweets indicate Mark Mangino may be looking to get back on the sidelines as well.