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Tracking Potential Head Coach Candidates for KU Football - Week 1

Keeping an eye on potential Beaty replacements throughout the season.

Fresno State v Alabama Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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.

What follows is a list of 24 candidates. Obviously, some are more likely than others, but I won’t be trying to judge their potential interest in KU (or vice versa).

Names you won’t find: Bret Bielema, Les Miles, Todd Graham. These guys are currently unemployed and won’t be winning or losing any football games this fall.

Tracking KUFBall Coaching Candidates

Name Age Position School Salary Buyout 2018 Last Week
Name Age Position School Salary Buyout 2018 Last Week
Major Applewhite 40 HC Houston 1.5 M 4.5 M 1-0 W at Rice 45-27
Tim Beck 52 OC Texas 800 K Unk 0-1 L at Maryland 34-29
Craig Bohl 60 HC Wyoming 1.4 M 6.5 M 1-1 L vs Wash St 41-19
Neal Brown 38 HC Troy 800 K 2.8 M 0-1 L vs Boise St 56-20
Troy Calhoun 51 HC Air Force 885 K Unk 1-0 W vs Stony Brook 38-0
Matt Canada 46 OC Maryland 650 K 225 K 1-0 W vs Texas 34-29
Jason Candle 38 HC Toledo 1 M 2 M 1-0 W vs VMI 66-3
Chris Creighton 49 HC Eastern Michigan 450 K 500 K 1-0 W vs Monmouth 51-17
Dave Doeren 46 HC NC State 3 M 6 M 1-0 W vs James Madison 24-13
Mike Elko 41 DC Texas A&M 1.8 M Unk 1-0 W vs N'Western St 59-7
Willie Fritz 58 HC Tulane 1.2 M Unk 0-1 L vs Wake Forest 23-17
Jim Harbaugh 54 HC Michigan 7 M 20.5 M 0-1 L at Notre Dame 24-17
Doc Holliday 61 HC Marshall 760 K 725 K 1-0 W at Miami OH 35-28
Lane Kiffin 43 HC Florida Atlantic 950 K 2.5 M 0-1 L at Oklahoma 63-14
Jim Leonhard 35 DC Wisconsin 600 K Unk 1-0 W vs Western KY 34-3
Seth Littrell 40 HC North Texas 900 K 3.3 M 1-0 W vs SMU 46-23
Jeff Monken 51 HC Army 930 K Unk 0-1 L at Duke 34-14
Ken Niumatalolo 53 HC Navy 2 M Unk 0-1 L at Hawaii 59-41
Mike Norvell 36 HC Memphis 2.6 M 4.3 M 1-0 W vs Mercer 66-14
Scott Satterfield 45 HC Appalachian St 675 K 1.7 M 0-1 L at Penn St 45-38 OT
Jeff Tedford 56 HC Fresno St 1.58 M 1.5 M 1-0 W vs Idaho 79-13
Ed Warriner 57 OL Michigan 525 K None 0-1 L at Notre Dame 24-17
Frank Wilson 44 HC UTSA 900 K 1.2 M 0-1 L at Arizona St 49-7
Mike Yurcich 42 OC Oklahoma State 800 K Unk 1-0 W vs Missouri St 58-17

I tried to find buyout information because that will give you an idea of how much it would cost KU to get a guy. For example, if Jeff Long settled on Dave Doeren, he would have to come up with not only the $3M for Beaty’s buyout, but another $6M for NC State. Then, Kansas would probably have to pay him at least $3M per year (or more). What I’m saying is, I don’t know that KU is going to pony up $12M in one year for a football coach.

I added Jim Harbaugh in case Michigan is dumb and fires him after they go 8-5 again this year. I also added Ken Niumatalolo because what the hell, you never know.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Is there anyone not on the list that you would like to track? Make the case for them in the comments.