Randy Shannon was let go tonight as coach of the University of Miami. While some may say Shannon needed a little more time, after four years, the success on the field has not measured to the talent and expectations The U have. Here is a list (in no particular order) of potential candidates for the Miami Hurricanes job:
Gus Malzahn: Who’s name is hotter than Malzahn? Well, maybe Cam Newton….but you get the point. If Malzahn were to strikes while the iron is hot (no pun intended), this is the year to move to the head coaching ranks. And though many school are already hot in pursuit, Miami would pose a special opportunity.
Mike Leach: Just imagine what Leach’s potent air-attack could do with an arsenal of Florida recruits. It appears Leach is rested up and is already testing the waters. But would he really consider relocating to Florida? Oh wait, he already lives there.
Mark Richt: This could be a win-win-win situation for the ‘Canes, Bulldogs and the former Miami quarterback. Miami probably would not pay him as generously as Georgia, but what amount of money can buy a fresh start?
Kirby Smart: Smart was last year’s Frank Broyles Award Winner–icing on the cake for a national championship season, which relied greatly on Smart’s stellar defense. Also, Smart, like Shannon, was briefly on the Miami Dolphins staff.
Dan Mullen: Sure, we can attribute some of Florida’s struggles to a post-Tebow era, but let’s not forget Urban Meyer’s right hand man during the Gator’s resurgence. Fast forward several years, and Mullen is leading his own turnaround at Mississippi State. He knows the state of Florida well, plus he’ll bring homegrown defensive coordinator Manny Diaz with him. Diaz is a rising coordinator in his own right, and his father was once major of Miami. The Bleacher Reports likes the fit.
Jon Gruden: Gruden of course is a pipe dream. Seriously, if Gruden’s name on NFL wish-lists, why would he consider stepping down to the college ranks? He has shown interest in the college game, and hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have won a Super Bowl and a National Championship from the same state?
Terry Bowden: He’s not on the top of the list by any means, but he’s had a couple nice seasons at North Alabama, and most importantly, his name carries some serious cache in Florida.
More potential candidates and links:
- The Miami Herald Oklahoma defensive coordinator adds Brent Venables (hot coordinator) to the list of candidates. Plus, as ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman notes, we cannot forget the Miami AD worked in Norman.
- Feldman also adds Bob Stoops (Why? See the bullet above), Houston’s Kevin Sumlin (Hot Coach), and FIU’s Mario Cristobal to the Hurricane’s target list. As Foxsports.com says, “Cristobal has done the improbable at Florida International, guiding a young program to a Sun Belt championship and its first bowl game.”
- The Palm Beach Post reminds us that Tommy Tubberville is a candidate as he was once on Dennis Erickson’s UM staff.
- SI.com’s Andy Staples says Charlie Strong “has instant credibility in the Sunshine State.”
- CBSSports.com’ Dennis Dodd rounds out his short list with Oklahoma State’s Dana Holgorsen (hot coordinator) and Rutger’s Greg Schiano.
Update (11/5/10): Minnesota would prefer a “sitting coach“, and is aiming high, targeting Chris Peterson, Jim Harbaugh and Gary Patterson. Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press also mentions Marc Trestman, and Jeff Jagodzinski as candidates (not mentioned below), while the Star Tribune says Dan Mullen is the “the hot rumor of the day.” Phil Fulmer is not interested, but Tony Dungy is helping solicit coaches.
The Tim Brewster era apparently will end after this season. It will be steep uphill battle for the next Gopher head coach, but Glen Mason showed Minnesota can be competitive in the Big Ten. Plus, with a sparkling new stadium to boot, the Gophers should attract some quality coaching candidates. Here are some of the names we may see:
Kevin Sumlin: It’s a matter of time before this up-and-coming coach is snatched. The coach knows Minnesota, previously serving as an assistant on the U’s staff, but more importantly, he know Texas, which could serve him well on the recruiting trail.
Mike Leach: Might this offensive guru just be taking a Tommy Tubberville-ish sabbatical? Minnesota likes seasoned coaches with proven track records a la Tubby Smith.
Phil Fulmer: Is it just me or does Phil seem to be itching to get out of the that broadcasting chair? He may welcome a new landing pad with realistic expectations.
Leslie Frazier: The hometown fans would love and hate this hire. That’s because the Gophs would gain a respected NFL coach, but loose their Vikings defensive coordinator. By the way, where did Tim Brewster come from? Minnesota isn’t scared to hire from the pro ranks. The Viking Age says Frazier may be interested.
Dan McCarney: Head coach experience? Check. Midwest coaching experience? Check. The former ISU coach has had some time to soak up Urban Meyer’s offense. After all didn’t MarQueis Gray come to the U for the spread offense?
Jeff Horton: Though an unlikely hire, you always have to include the interim coach on the list of candidates, especially if there is a remarkable turnaround.
Glen Mason: He’s not looking too bad now, don’t ya know?
Tony Dungy: He is an alum, and it never hurts to dream. Dream hard, but sorry.