As far as who is in line to take the job, Georgia has few options that are as stable as Richt was with the Bulldogs, even now. Even Vince Dooley stated when asked about what kind of coach would succeed at Georgia, that they should just hire Mark Richt, the man they just fired.
Prospect number one is Alabama DC Kirby Smart, but Smart has never been a head coach before, and even though he has a sterling reputation, he may not be the best fit for a program that demands conference titles and wins over the likes of Florida, Auburn, and Alabama. A search committee is being put together, but other than Smart, no other names are buzzing about this job just yet.
ULM should look at a pool that consists of Southern Utah’s Ed Lamb, Charleston Southern’s Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia, James Madison’s Everett Withers, Brock Spack of Illinois State, John Grass of Jacksonville State, Kerwin Bell of Jacksonville, Mike Houston of Citadel, and Matt Viator of McNeese State. Another interesting fit would be former 49ers coach Mike Singletary, who is desperately seeking another job, even one in the college ranks.
If Richt does not end up going to Miami, he could be the top choice here.
Mullen is clearly the top target as I type this article, unless Mark Richt comes into play late, and all indications are that both sides have an interest in the other.
The only hitch appears to be whether or not Missouri intends to give serious consideration to offering Odom the job to remain as head coach in Columbia in 2016. He has had talks with the administration about staying, and so we are at the point where a decision must be made.
Speaking of Missouri, Odom has had talks, and has interviewed, but the Tigers are looking at other parties as well. That may cost them Odom, who could leave at any moment for Memphis. Matt Ruhle of Temple interviewed with Missouri in the last 48 hours, and has since announced that he has no interest in the job. Matt Wells of Utah State, who is coming off of a very disappointing season in Logan, is also interviewing very soon. With Ruhle bowing out, it seems that Missouri is running out of top tier options.
Update: Add the names of Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and Colorado State’s Mike Bobo as options. Both interviewed in the Denver area this week, while Sonny Dykes is expected to interview later this week.
All signs are that North Carolina assistant Seth Litrell is getting this job after Dusty Meacham bowed out today. Meacham, co-OC at TCU, was reported as having accepted the job, but that news was clearly premature, and left Meacham with no recourse but to publicly deny his interest, and subsequently pull his name out of the hat altogether. Litrell seems to be the only candidate remaining after Kendal Briles also pulled his name last week.
It appears that nobody, and I mean nobody, really wants this job openly. Rutgers is said to have severe financial restrictions, and the department isn’t doing very well at all. Money is tight for a hire, and so the program has to look hard at whom they can bring in. The AD situation has been ironed out, as former Seton Hall associate AD Pat Hobbs was immediately hired to fill the void. Now that there is a boss on campus, the pause may ease, but I do not see Rutgers being the kind of job that will generate huge interest.
One name Rutgers may want to consider is Harvard coach Tim Murphy, a man who has had his name attached to multiple jobs for years now. Murphy knows how to navigate a difficult situation academically, while producing on the field, and could be a very nice fit. Stay tuned here.
I think that the hiring of Matt Campbell was a better grab for Iowa State than it was for Matt Campbell, but the former Toledo coach is now all theirs. Campbell could have had much better jobs in the open market, as ISU has been a coaching graveyard for years. The best that Campbell can hope to do is get the Cyclones into the middle of the Big 12 pool, and then jump for better waters. Iowa State is ecstatic about this hire, as they should be, but the rest of us appear to be confused.
Tracy Klaeys is the official head coach of the Gophers, but that has been known. What is not known is how the rest of the staff will look in 2016. Klaeys states that he will examine the staff in the coming days and weeks.
The Knights whiffed at their first attempt to lock down a coach when Dino Babers apparently accepted, and then declined the offer made when it was announced immediately rather than waiting until after the MAC title game to make the announcement. UCF was forced into a take 2 situation, and this time they struck by hiring Oregon OC Scott Frost as their new head coach to replace the retired George O’Leary.
Frost is an innovative young coach who will likely bring a whole new energy to Orlando, and will bring his up tempo Oregon offense to UCF immediately. Once he recruits, this could be dangerous. Overall, UCF did a solid job with this hire, even if it was bungled initially.
Darrell Asberry is out with the Tigers, and again, I will update as I have more info on this one.