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Tracking Potential Head Coach Candidates for KU Football - Week 9

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

NCAA Football: South Florida at Houston Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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 continues to impress, as does Seth Littrell, Jeff Tedford, Jeff Monken, and Neal Brown. Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack suffered an upset loss on the road at Syracuse, and Navy’s season continues its tailspin.

Once again, in alphabetical order:

Potential Coaches Week 9

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 7-1 W vs USF 57-36
Tim Beck 52 OC Texas 800 K Unk 6-2 L @ Okla St 38-35
Craig Bohl 60 HC Wyoming 1.4 M 8 M 3-6 W @ CSU 34-21
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 3-5 L vs Boise 48-38
Matt Canada 46 OC Maryland 650 K 225 K 5-3 W vs Illini 63-33
Jason Candle 38 HC Toledo 1.1 M 3.5 M 4-4 W @ WMU 51-24
Chris Creighton 49 HC Eastern Michigan 460 K 950 K 4-5 L vs Army 37-22
Dave Doeren 46 HC NC State 3 M 6.1 M 5-2 L @ SYR 51-41
Mike Elko 41 DC Texas A&M 1.8 M Unk 5-3 L @ Miss St 28-13
Willie Fritz 58 HC Tulane 1.6 M Unk 3-5 W @ Tulsa 24-17
Doc Holliday 61 HC Marshall 760 K 1.9 M 5-2 Bye
Lane Kiffin 43 HC Florida Atlantic 1 M 2.8 M 3-5 L vs LaTech 21-13
Jim Leonhard 35 DC Wisconsin 600 K Unk 5-3 L @ NW 31-17
Seth Littrell 40 HC North Texas 1.4 M 4.4 M 7-2 W vs Rice 41-17
Jeff Monken 51 HC Army 930 K Unk 6-2 W @ EMU 37-22
Ken Niumatalolo 53 HC Navy 2.1 M Unk 2-6 L vs ND 44-22
Mike Norvell 36 HC Memphis 2.6 M 7.4 M 4-4 Bye
Scott Satterfield 45 HC Appalachian St 712 K 2.1 M 5-2 L @ GSU 34-14
Jeff Tedford 56 HC Fresno St 1.5 M 5.4 M 7-1 W vs HAW 50-20
Ed Warriner 57 OL Michigan 525 K None 7-1 Bye
Frank Wilson 44 HC UTSA 1.1 M 3.5 M 3-5 Bye
Mike Yurcich 42 OC Oklahoma State 800 K Unk 5-3 W vs Tex 38-35

I’ve changed up the order of my personal favorites, but not the candidates: Neal Brown, Seth Littrell, Jeff Monken, Jeff Tedford, Major Applewhite, Chris Creighton, Willie Fritz, 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.

Washington State DC Tracy Claeys was mentioned in the comments in last week’s article. I’m not interested in Claeys mainly because of how his tenure ended at Minnesota; after taking over for Jerry Kill, he was fired following public outrage over a player-led boycott and his comments regarding 10 suspended players accused of sexual assault.

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 Bob Stoops! LMAO) and recent tweets indicate Mark Mangino may be looking to get back on the sidelines as well.

The Rumor Mill

Nothing new since last week on my end; have any of you seen any interesting tweets?