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.
Major Applewhite, Tim Beck, Neal Brown, Seth Littrell, Jeff Tedford, and Ed Warriner are all part of coaching staffs that have six or more wins already in 2018.
Dave Doeren, Mike Elko, Doc Holliday, Jim Leonard, Jeff Monken, and Scott Satterfield all have five wins, just one away from bowl eligibility. It could be a crazy finish to college football’s 2018 season.
As for guys that are struggling, Craig Bohl is one loss away from being taken off this list. (Plus, he has an $8M buyout!) Ken Niumatalolo and Willie Fritz are the only other coaches on here under three wins. If Niumatalolo wants to try his triple-option offense at a place without the recruiting restrictions that a service academy has, this might be the year he’d be willing to bolt.
I’m taking Jason Candle off my personal favorites list for now as well. Toledo has struggled the past couple of weeks, and if KU goes to the MAC for a coach, I prefer Chris Creighton.
Once again, in alphabetical order:
Potential Coaches Week 8
|Major Applewhite||40||HC||Houston||1.75 M||2.1 M||6-1||W @ Navy 49-36|
|Tim Beck||52||OC||Texas||800 K||Unk||6-1||Bye|
|Craig Bohl||60||HC||Wyoming||1.4 M||8 M||2-6||L vs USU 24-16|
|Neal Brown||38||HC||Troy||810 K||2.9 M||6-2||W vs USA 38-17|
|Troy Calhoun||51||HC||Air Force||885 K||Unk||3-4||W @ UNLV 41-35|
|Matt Canada||46||OC||Maryland||650 K||225 K||4-3||L @ Iowa 23-0|
|Jason Candle||38||HC||Toledo||1.1 M||3.5 M||3-4||L vs Buff 31-17|
|Chris Creighton||49||HC||Eastern Michigan||460 K||950 K||4-4||W @ Ball 42-20|
|Dave Doeren||46||HC||NC State||3 M||6.1 M||5-1||L @ Clem 41-7|
|Mike Elko||41||DC||Texas A&M||1.8 M||Unk||5-2||Bye|
|Willie Fritz||58||HC||Tulane||1.6 M||Unk||2-5||L vs SMU 27-23|
|Doc Holliday||61||HC||Marshall||760 K||1.9 M||5-2||W vs FAU 31-7|
|Lane Kiffin||43||HC||Florida Atlantic||1 M||2.8 M||3-4||L @ Marsh 31-7|
|Jim Leonhard||35||DC||Wisconsin||600 K||Unk||5-2||W vs Illini 49-20|
|Seth Littrell||40||HC||North Texas||1.4 M||4.4 M||6-2||L @ UAB 29-21|
|Jeff Monken||51||HC||Army||930 K||Unk||5-2||W vs MI-OH 31-30|
|Ken Niumatalolo||53||HC||Navy||2.1 M||Unk||2-5||L vs HOU 49-36|
|Mike Norvell||36||HC||Memphis||2.6 M||7.4 M||4-4||L @ MU 65-33|
|Scott Satterfield||45||HC||Appalachian St||712 K||2.1 M||5-1||W vs ULL 27-17|
|Jeff Tedford||56||HC||Fresno St||1.5 M||5.4 M||6-1||W @ UNM 38-7|
|Ed Warriner||57||OL||Michigan||525 K||None||7-1||W @ MSU 21-7|
|Frank Wilson||44||HC||UTSA||1.1 M||3.5 M||3-5||L @ USM 27-17|
|Mike Yurcich||42||OC||Oklahoma State||800 K||Unk||4-3||Bye|
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, Major Applewhite, Tim Beck. KU fans should be happy if any of these guys end up in Lawrence at the end of the year.
I think Doeren’s buyout is too high for him to be a realistic option (ditto Mike Norvell). Additionally, I’m not convinced that even following a bad year that Ken Niumatalolo would leave Navy after turning down BYU and Arizona in recent years. Also, I think Scott Satterfield is an App State lifer.
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.
The Rumor Mill
Rumors have begun to swirl, including Seth Littrell:
A reliable source that will remain nameless tells me that there is some big time Seth Littrell to KU football buzz.— Ryan (@RRinehart2012) October 22, 2018
And Les Miles: