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
|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.