Current Favorite: Nick Rolovich
June Jones is highly unlikely to return to coach the Rainbows, so why not turn to a current assistant who was so important to Hawaii’s past in former QB Rolovich. There will be no search committee formed to hire a coach, so that means one of two things. First, the school has no funding for a search committee, or second, they already have identified their guy.
Current Favorite: Geoff Collins
The DC at Florida could be the first guy to get the call when it comes to this job, and he has done a very nice job in short order in Gainesville in getting the Gators back to the top of the ever weak SEC East. Collins may not be the only guy in line for this gig, as Willie Fritz (Georgia Southern), Scott Satterfeld (Appalachian State), Blake Anderson (Arkansas State), and Mario Cristobal (Alabama Assistant, former HC at FIU) could all get a call.
Current Favorite: Rob Chudzinski
Chudzinski is the most likely candidate, but is an assistant in the NFL currently, and if the Colts turned the corner, and somehow made a playoff bid happen out of the mess they currently are, then Miami would likely have to wait for him. That may not do it for the Canes. Look for Davis to get a acall, as will Mark Richt if he is fired at Georgia. Others that would likely be considered are Doc Holliday at Marshall (has extensive experience recruiting South Florida), Jeff Brohm at Western Kentucky, and possibly Matt Campbell of Toledo.
Current Favorite: Matt Campbell
Campbell makes the most sense in my opinion, as he has everything that the Hokies could ever want. He is a proven winner, he is young and energetic, and he can recruit his tail off in areas that are rich in talent. You don’t win at a place like Toledo just by showing up and hoping for the best. If you are looking for someone to reenergize this program, this is your guy.
Current Favorite: Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky
First of all, Chip Kelly isn’t coming through that door anytime soon, at any school, so you can get over it. Maryland wants a high octane offense, and if that is the case, then Brohm is your guy. Western Kentucky is scoring in buckets, and Brohm is a Bobby Petrino protégé, which makes him a perfect fit for firework offenses that can destroy scoreboards. What Brohm would have to do is increase the talent level, and with a firm commitment to football, there is no doubt that could happen at Maryland.
Current Favorite: Tracy Claeys
Claeys has been the interim coach before, and the kids love him. Whenever Kill’s health was a problem, Claeys stood up and took control, and he deserves to be names the next head coach at Minnesota. There shouldn’t even be any other consideration, unless Minnesota tanks from here on out under his leadership.
Current Favorite: Rod Carey
The Illini are crazy if they don’t drop the bank check to get this guy. He has kept Northern Illinois winning every season he has been there, and he is obviously stamped for something bigger and better than NIU. The problem is that as of this moment, NIU may be a better gig. If they cannot land Carey, then they would be smart to reach out to Brock Spack at Illinois State, who has built that program from the ground up to compete for national titles on the FCS level.
Current Favorite: Matt Viator
If you want to go after the hottest commodity in your region right now, and get a guy who may actually think this is a move up, than McNeese State’s Viator would be a great pick. He knows the region, recruits well with lessor resources, and knows how to win. The Cowboys are ranked #3 in our weekly FCS PRS rankings, and are having an enormous season, and Viator would look to capitalize on it now, rather than waiting for later. Everett Withers of James Madison is rumored to have some interest as well.
Current Favorite: Clay Helton
The team has very much responded to his direction since being named interim coach, and despite the loss to Notre Dame, Helton has win over Utah and California since. The players love the guy, and he seems to know how to get things done, and if you will remember, he beat a nationally ranked Fresno State team in the Las Vegas bowl after Orgeron was told he would not be considered for the job and quit.
Current Favorite: Kirby Smart
If Smart cannot be reeled in, it’s nobody’s fault beside their own. Smart is going to be a coach somewhere, and if not here, Georgia would snap hi up given half a chance should they fire Mark Richt, and they probably will do that. Start making a move for Smart now, and this situation comes up smelling like roses. If not Smart, than the field could be wide open.