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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

College Football Coaching Merry-Go-Round

In September, I posted about who might succeed Joe Paterno at Penn State. While JoePa seems ensconced (for now) in State College, the post is somewhat relevant because there are several hot college football head coaching jobs open, and some of the candidates I identified might be among the short lists to fill them.

1. In case you didn't hear, the Notre Dame job just opened up. I mean, literally, like within the past hour. Tyrone Willingham is out, and the rumor is that Urban Meyer, who is no longer interested in the Florida job, is the prime candidate to be the next man to fill one of the three toughest jobs in America (the other two: President of the United States and Mayor of New York City). Remember that name, Urban Meyer, as he has done an outstanding job with Utah this year.

2. You probably heard that Stanford has axed Buddy Teevens, the one-time Dartmouth football star and coach who spent three losing seasons at The Farm (he replaced Willingham). The Cardinal also suffered its worst loss in its Big Game against Cal in 74 years a few weeks ago, when the #4 Golden Bears opened up a bottle of whup-ass and beat Stanford 41-6. Could it be that Willingham goes back home to The Farm? Clearly, his coaching days are not over.

3. Well, if it's true that Notre Dame considered Meyer when it hired Willingham after the George O'Leary creative writing (resume category) fiasco took place, it also could be true that it didn't think it was going anywhere with Willingham and wanted to act on Meyer before a top BCS program landed him. Which is fine, because Florida certainly would have filled that bill. But now that Steve Spurrier is in South Carolina and Meyer seems to be on Notre Dame's one-person short list, the most recently unemployed NFL coach, Butch Davis, who re-built Miami in the 90's after the Dennis Erickson years, seems to be the top candidate in Gainesville.

Stanford, Florida, Notre Dame.

Illinois, San Jose State, New Mexico State.

Who's next?

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