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NCAA Coaching Carousel: Harbaugh, Whittingham, Pederson

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In our second installment, we get some closure on a few jobs while still two of the biggest remain.

Jerry Kill gets the job in Minnesota, Kevin Wilson gets the job in Indiana, and many possible openings still remain only speculation.

So, we’ll look into which coaches are the best remaining, where they might end up, who each team is likely looking at, and what the complete end result could very well be.

* = BCS or BCS-level head coach unlikely to leave

 
 
 
 
Possible Destinations?
 

*
.
Jim Harbaugh
Head Coach, Stanford
Michigan, NFL?
 

*
.
Carl Pederson
Head Coach, Boise State
 
 

*
.
Dan Mullen
Head Coach, Mississippi State
Miami (FL)
 

*
.
Gary Patterson
Head Coach, TCU
 
 

*
.
Randy Edsall
Head Coach, Uconn
Michigan, Vanderbilt
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

1
.
Kyle Whittingham
Head Coach, Utah
Miami (FL)
 

2
.
Kevin Sumlin
Head Coach, Houston
Miami (FL)
 

3
.
Gus Malzahn
Offensive Coordinator, Auburn
Pittsburgh, Clemson
 

4
.
Mike Leach
Former Texas Tech Head Coach
Miami (FL)
 

5
.
Troy Calhoun
Head Coach, Air Force
Denver Broncos?
 

6
.
Phillip Fulmer
Former Tennessee Head Coach
 
 

7
.
Brady Hoke
Head Coach, San Diego State
SAN DIEGO STATE
 

8
.
Al Golden
Head Coach, Temple
UConn?, Miami (FL)
 

9
.
Dana Hologorsen
Offensive Coordinator, Oklahoma St.
Houston, Florida (OC)
 

10
.
Jim McElwain
Offensive Coordinator, Alabama
 
 

11
.
Jerry Kill
Head Coach, Northern Illinois
MINNESOTA
 

12
.
Todd Graham
Head Coach, Tulsa
 
 

13
.
Kirby Smart
Defensive Coordinator, Alabama
 
 

14
.
Mike Haywood
Head Coach, Miami (OH)
 
 

15
.
Bryan Harsin
Offensive Coordinator, Boise State
 
 

16
 
Don Tredwell
Offensive Coordinator, Michigan State
 
 

17
 
Dave Doeren
Defensive Coordinator, Wisconsin
 
 

18
.
Ken Niumatolo
Head Coach, Navy
Vanderbilt
 

19
.
Randy Shannon
Former Head Coach, Miami (FL)
 
 

20
.
Kevin Wilson
Offensive Coordinator, Oklahoma
INDIANA
 

Notes:
-Now that Josh McDaniels has been fired, one of the most surprising names linked to the job has been Troy Calhoun of Air Force. While it came as a bit of a surprise that Calhoun completely shut down the Minnesota rumors, he obviously is thought highly of by other major programs and, in this case, the NFL.

-Kevin Sumlin has been higly sought after on this coaching rumor mill. Minnesota wanted him, and now Miami (FL) is rumored to be very interested. He’s one of my favorites, and if it’s true that Kyle Whittingham is out of the running, then Sumlin could be battling with Dan Mullen for the job.

-Brady Hoke, rumored to be in the mix for Minnesota and Big East possible openings, has been locked up for four more years at San Diego State, taking him out of the mix this year…unless Michigan shows interest.

-Dana Hologorsen has been linked to a few jobs so far, including most notably Houston if Kevin Sumlin does leave, but the most likely job is as Florida Offensive Coordinator in replacing Steve Addazio.

* = Possible jobs that could be open in future
X = Jobs already filled

 
 
 
Previous Coach
Possible Coaches?
My Vote

1
.
Miami (FL)
Randy Shannon
Dan Mullen, Kyle Whittingham, Kevin Sumlin
Dan Mullen

2

Vanderbilt
Robbie Caldwell
Randy Edsall, Ken Niumatolo, Dave Doeren
Randy Edsall

3
.
UL Lafayette
Ricky Bustle
Carl Pelini, Joe DeForest
Carl Pelini

4
.
Ball State
Stan Parrish
Brian Polian
Brian Polian

 
 
 
 
 
 

*
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Michigan
Rich Rodriguez
Jim Harbaugh, Les Miles, Randy Edsell
Jim Harbaugh

*
.
Pittsburgh
Dave Wannstedt
Gus Malzahn, Todd Graham
Gus Malzahn

*
.
Clemson
Dabo Sweeney
Gus Malzahn, Kirby Smart
Kirby Smart

*
.
West Virginia
Bill Stewart
 
 

*
.
UConn
Randy Edsall*
Al Golden, Mike Haywood
Al Golden

*
.
Arizona State
Dennis Erickson
Bryan Harsin
Bryan Harsin

*
.
Houston
Kevin Sumlin*
Dana Hologorsen
Dana Hologorsen

*
.
Kent St.
Doug Martin
 
 

*
.
UAB
Neil Callaway
 
 

*
.
Eastern Michigan
Ron English
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

X
.
Colorado
Dan Hawkins
John Embree, Coach, Minnesota Vikings
John Embree

X
.
Minnesota
Tim Brewster
Jerry Kill, HC, Northern Illinois
Jerry Kill

X
.
Indiana
Bill Lynch
Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

X
.
North Texas
Todd Dodge
Dan McCarney, DL Coach, Florida
Dan McCarney

Notes:
-Miami should have their head coach picked out by early next week, and now the rumor list has grown to six. The listed Whittingham, Mullen, and Sumlin are the likely top 3, but Al Golden, Randy Edsall, and Tommy Tuberville of Texas Tech are also in contention.

-Kevin Wilson to Indiana, as we named last week, is a surprising and I believe poor hire. With options like Al Golden or Jerry Kill or Mike Haywood who have lead quick turnarounds in the MAC available, Wilson is an interesting hire.

-David Lee, currently a position coach of the Miami Dolphins, is also rumored to be in the mix for the Vanderbilt job, but I’d still take Niumatolo as the favorite.

-UL Lafayette isn’t a very good job in my opinion because they have very little chance to have success. However, Carl Pelini of Nebraska and Joe DeForest of Oklahoma State could use a change, and by going only 7-5, 8-4 could lead to an upgrade in jobs.

-Gus Malzahn of Auburn winning assistant coach of the year is no surprise to me, and I’m surprised he hasn’t been highly sought after yet. He’s in line to be a great head coaching prospect, and when all the jobs open up in the coming weeks, I’d imagine he becomes much more common in coaching searches