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With Kiffin canned, to whom does USC turn?

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Shortly after Arizona State had put the finishing touches on an yet another embarrassing loss for the storied USC football program, the questions surrounding the future of head coach Lane Kiffin once again surfaced. Less than three hours later, at 4:28 a.m. PT, the athletic department posted the following on its Twitter account:

“Breaking news: Lane Kiffin has been relieved of his duties as USC’s head football coach per AD Pat Haden.”

And with that, the Kiffin Era in Los Angeles came to a (merciful) end in an LAX parking lot.

Despite extremely punitive NCAA sanctions slapped on the program… despite very steadfast support from his athletic director… the physical act of canning the 38-year-old Kiffin was the easy part.  Beginning in 2012 and after being picked by many as the No. 1 team in the country heading into the new season, the admittedly undermanned Trojans have stumbled and tripped their way to a 10-8 record, including a 5-6 mark in Pac-12 play.  Oregon and Stanford have far surpassed USC in the Pac-12 football pecking order; perhaps more importantly, hated cross-town rival UCLA has done the same.

No, the hard part will be just who Pat Haden hires to replace the man hired by his predecessor.  Haden was tabbed by his alma mater in August of 2010 to replace Mike Garrett, and this will easily be the biggest hire the former Rhodes Scholar makes and will leave the most lasting impact on his résumé.

The good news for Haden specifically and the Trojan fan base in general is that USC still has a helluva lot to offer any potential Kiffin replacement.  From sparkling new facilities to well-heeled boosters to a fertile recruiting base to lasting brand name, USC remains one of the top jobs at the FBS level.

With just a couple of hours to digest the stunning (but yet not-so-stunning) news, here’s a quick-hit look at just whose name will be mentioned — realistically or not — as Kiffin’s replacement, knowing full well that the actual permanent successor likely won’t come from this initial pool of possibilities.

CHRIS PETERSEN
Regardless of how big of a pipe dream this may be, anyone and everyone knows full well that USC officials will back the Brinks truck up to the Broncos head coach’s door and dare him not to answer.  Prior to Kiffin’s hiring, Petersen was reportedly contacted by USC about their opening and rejected the overtures.  In December of 2011, Petersen reportedly rejected UCLA — for a second time — when they offered him $4 million annually at a time he was making just over $1.5 with the Broncos.  Petersen has had myriad opportunities to leave Boise, and has yet to take the financial bait.  Don’t expect him to do it this time, either.  Probably.

JACK DEL RIO
The former USC All-American’s name is already being bandied about as perhaps the top candidate to replace Kiffin.  Currently the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, Del Rio was also mentioned as a possibility to replace Pete Carroll.  Del Rio has never been a coach — head, assistant or otherwise — at the collegiate level and it would be stunning if the Trojans went in this direction.  Speaking of which…

JEFF FISHER
Another former USC All-American, Fisher’s name, as expected, surfaced (again) earlier this month even before Kiffin was officially booted in an LAX parking lot.  Like Del Rio, Fisher has never been a coach at the collegiate level.  Would Fisher give up a head coaching job in the NFL to return home and rescue his college program?  Don’t look for USC to even give him an opportunity to make such a choice despite a segment of the fan base that would love to see it happen.

JAMES FRANKLIN
Four names in, and this might be the most realistic and viable option.  While Franklin has very few ties to the West Coast — one year at Washington State (1998) and one at Idaho State (1999) — he’s one of the best young head coaches in the game and turned Vanderbilt into a competitive football program in the best football conference in the country, no small feat that won’t go unnoticed by those at this level looking for a new coach.  Franklin is one of the top recruiters in the game, and has done well on that battlefield in the SEC; one could imagine what he would do on the fertile California recruiting grounds with “less-intense” competition plus his ties in that arena to the South.

STEVE SARKISIAN
Sarkisian is just 30-25 in his four-plus years at Washington, but he has the Huskies undefeated and ranked (at the moment) No. 16 in the country.  He was a USC assistant for seven of the eight years prior to his hiring by UW and grew up in Torrance, Calif., less than an hour’s drive to Los Angeles.  It would be beyond surprising if Haden didn’t at least reach out to Sarkisian let alone not make a full-blown effort to land him.

GREG ROMAN
Roman was the offensive coordinator at Stanford for two seasons before following Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers.  He has previously been linked to openings at Cal and Penn State.  With the success Harbaugh had in the Pac-12, and with Roman playing a role in it, this could be a direction in which Haden turns.  Keep an eye on this name.

KIRBY SMART
As far as coordinators, it wouldn’t take long to call roll on those more respected than Alabama’s defensive (co-) boss.  He’s had numerous opportunities to leave Nick Saban’s side the past couple of years but has remained in Tuscaloosa as the situation simply wasn’t right.  Smart’s entire coaching career has been east of the Mississippi; would the bright lights of LA scare him off if the Trojans came knocking?

CHAD MORRIS
If Haden is looking to go outside the box, you wouldn’t get much further out than this.  Not only has the Clemson offensive coordinator never been a head coach at the collegiate level, he didn’t take his first college job until 2010 at the age of 42 after a highly successful run as a high school coach in Texas.  Despite that lack of experience, Morris is one of the brightest and most respected offensive minds in college football — Urban Meyer tried to lure him to Ohio State upon his hiring — and has turned the Tigers’ offense into one of the nation’s best.  With college football leaning more and more toward up-tempo offense, especially in the Pac-12, kicking the tires on Morris might make sense on some level.

Mike Riley
USC’s offensive coordinator from 1993-96, the 60-year old Riley has spent the past 11 seasons as the head coach at Oregon State.  While it would seem unlikely that a coach of his age would make a move, he did reply “you never know” when the Los Angeles Daily News asked a couple of years ago about a potential return to the Trojans.  That same paper is already listing Riley as a possibility, although that would be hard to see becoming a viable option if for nothing more than the age factor.

KEVIN SUMLIN
I’m not saying USC will reach out to the Texas A&M head coach, but I’m saying they damn well should.  And they’d better do it before the NFL gets its hooks into one of the brightest coaches at the FBS level.  It won’t be easy for anyone to pry Sumlin out of College Station, though, as A&M officials will rightly do anything and everything to blunt even flirtatious overtures let alone full-blown pursuits.  It wouldn’t seem like Sumlin would leave an SEC job to plow new ground out west, but stranger things have happened.

DAVID SHAW
See above.  The Stanford head coach’s name has already been mentioned as longshot possibility, although it seems more likely that he would leave The Farm for the NFL rather than another college job.

JON GRUDEN
In accordance with federal and state regulations, we’re required to include Chucky on any and all lists related to major head-coaching vacancies.  Seeing as his wife was not a cheerleader at USC, though, we highly doubt this one has a torso much less legs.

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51 Responses to “With Kiffin canned, to whom does USC turn?”
  1. woebegong says: Sep 29, 2013 11:45 AM

    I think it would just be about perfect if USC took the Georgia Tech. coach and Georgia Tech. took Lame Kiffin. USC could run a high school offense, and Georgia Tech. could try and recruit athletes to play in a real offense. At least Lame K. can recruit better.

  2. MyTeamsAllStink says: Sep 29, 2013 11:51 AM

    Al Davis?Now I understand why you did him the way you did.

  3. dhardy8207 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:57 AM

    Leave Kirby Smart out of this!!! Bama fans love their defensive coordinator and selfishly don’t won’t to see him leave. I think BAMA’s AD would probably do everything possible to keep him…

  4. raysfan1 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    I can’t see any PAC 12 school allowing its HC to go to another PAC 12 school.

    Otherwise, USC is what many would consider a destination job, so it’s possible any coach not at another college with similar cache would be interested.

  5. oldskimmy26 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    Del Rio has never been a coach — head, assistant or otherwise — ?????

    What? What am I missing. Was he not head coach of the Jaguars and is he not currently the defensive coordinator of the Broncos?

    What am I missing?

  6. oldskimmy26 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:06 PM

    thanks for adding “at the collegiate level”

  7. John Taylor says: Sep 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    @ oldskimmy26: That helps, doesn’t it? ;-)

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 29, 2013 12:09 PM

    Rumors are that Kirby Smart and Jack del Rio are being seriously considered. There are a couple of others.

    JT: What is this about: “Del Rio has never been a coach — head, assistant or otherwise..”???

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 29, 2013 12:14 PM

    JT:

    USC offered Jack del Rio the head coaching job while he was head coach at Jacksonville. He rejected it and blasted them the way they chose to do it (publicly, etc.) rather than through agents behind the scenes, etc. He is not a head coach now, so that would possibly be an offer he would consider this time. He knows the area, knows the media, and can deal with the boosters in this private university system which is USC.

  10. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Sep 29, 2013 12:17 PM

    Kevin Sumlin should be their “dream candidate.” West Coast ties be damned he has Texas ties and USC recruits itself IF you win. That being said, I do not see why he would leave. Once the 4 team playoff starts SEC teams will get the benefit of the doubt as far as being considered for the playoff.

    As a Rams fan I wouldn’t be too upset about Fisher leaving. He has developed a nice talent base since he came to STL, but he has a very long track record for being mediocre.

  11. billmead1976 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:19 PM

    Belloti
    Tedford
    Petrino

  12. 700levelvet says: Sep 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    How about Chip “Gadget” Kelly…”Smoothies for everyone”, or Steve “Nascar” Spurrier “if you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t tryin”, or Lou “bonafide psycho” Holtz….Just go with the safe bet….Hire Earle Bruce….

  13. dcroz says: Sep 29, 2013 12:22 PM

    JT: “JON GRUDEN
    In accordance with federal and state regulations, we’re required to include Chucky on any and all lists related to major head-coaching vacancies.”

    What? No Nick Saban? Isn’t there a law stating the same about him? Aren’t you afraid of those guys in the black suits and dark sunglasses knocking on your door, JT? Or is it just because your boss isn’t a cartoon mouse? :)

  14. John Taylor says: Sep 29, 2013 12:24 PM

    @ dcroz: Under a subsection of the same regulations, you’re only allowed to include Saban’s name in connection to the Texas job.

  15. John Taylor says: Sep 29, 2013 12:26 PM

    @ alligatorsnapper: Yeah, but that was a different AD too. I’m sure he’ll get consideration if for nothing than a show of respect for his being a former Trojan, just don’t know how serious Haden’s interest will be.

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    Mack Brown…..(tongue firmly in cheek)

  17. skinnypigeon says: Sep 29, 2013 12:38 PM

    I bet Nick Saban and Les Miles would both leave the SEC for USC.

  18. skinnypigeon says: Sep 29, 2013 12:40 PM

    Maybe Greg Schiano will Petrino the Buccaneers and leave for USC.

  19. johndavidbooty says: Sep 29, 2013 1:09 PM

    Hue Jackson for USC coach 2014. Has USC ties as a former OC and recruit, is from the neighborhood and went to Dorsey High, will be an excellent recruiter who can relate to the social media generation of recruits. Former OC for Cal, where they were a highly ranked offense. Turned Raiders offense into a top 5 running team the 2 years he was there, with back to back 8-8 seasons, after he was let go Oakland went back to 4-12. Was the Ravens QB coach, integral in the early development of Joe Flacco, the man is a teacher of football. Currently assistant Head Coach for the Bengals, who have turned around in just his second season on the staff there. Look for Hue’s name to start popping up here. Has a great name in coaching circles and can bring in a good staff. Del Rio would be great, but Hue Jackson’s offensive playcalling is very well-suited for the college game. Al Davis was right about Lane Kiffin when he fired him. He was also right when he made Hue Jackson the last head coach that he hired. Hue Jackson is what the Trojans need right now.

  20. woebegong says: Sep 29, 2013 1:13 PM

    I,ll take that bet. Both of these coaches, have way too much invested in the SEC, and both make a lot of money at their jobs. I don’t see a coach like Saban or Myles leaving a silver bullet train to take over a train wreck, and all the unnecessary crap, that goes on in the media, to coach at USC.

  21. jimbo75025 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:32 PM

    700levelvet says:
    Sep 29, 2013 12:21 PM
    How about Chip “Gadget” Kelly…”
    ——-

    Doesn’t he have a show cause penalty for a couple of years?

  22. Anoesis says: Sep 29, 2013 1:46 PM

    Petersen: Multiple opportunities to leave Boise for higher-paying, higher-profile jobs. Has rejected them all. Not likely to take this one, either.

    Del Rio: May have been offered the job before Kiffin and might take it this time around. He loves his old school and wants the job.

    Fisher: No history of job-hopping, no history in the college game and already makes $7 million a year. Long shot.

    Franklin: While having worked a small miracle at Vanderbilt, may not have the track record for this kind of jump.

    Sarkisian: Like Kiffin, a former assistant under Pete Carroll. If Haden thinks the problem was Kiffin and not what was left after Carroll bolted to the NFL, Sark’s a possibility. If Haden is looking for a clean break, then no.

    Roman: Pretty young at 41. If Haden thinks Kiffin’s age worked against him then Roman’s youth won’t help him. Roman was an assistant under Jim Harbaugh at hated Stanford. Hiring him would seem to be a kind of rejection of Carroll, but I think Haden is above that.

    Smart: USC DC Pendergast isn’t the problem, why hire another? It’s the inept offense that has infected the entire team with mediocrity.

    Morris: An intriguing possibility I hadn’t considered before this article.

    Riley: You could say 60 is the new 50, but Riley has a fairly good history with Oregon State. Somewhat of a long shot. I think he stays put.

    Sumlin: Another relative long shot considering his current success and popularity at TAMU. If the predictable rumors of a move to the NFL sometime in the future turn out to be true, why would USC want what would essentially be a rental? Would Sumlin want to take the chance on a move that, if it doesn’t work out, would torpedo his shot at an NFL gig?

    Shaw: See Sumlin above.

    Gruden: No comment necessary.

    A couple of others I’ve seen mentioned-

    Bobby Petrino: Good coach, lots of negative baggage.

    Pat Fitzgerald, head coach Northwestern: Has turned the perennial doormat into a relevant program. Has roots there (Chicago native) and has turned down offers from the likes of Notre Dame and Michigan. A long shot that Haden could lure him west.

    Tim DeRuyter, head coach Fresno State: Has done well since taking over for Pat Hill. A Long Beach native, but the curve from Mike Sherman’s DC at TAMU two years ago to the top job at SC might be a bit steep.

    This will be a big decision for Haden, but he’s already shown chops former AD Mike Garrett lacked. His choice will be deliberate, well-vetted and very likely an asset to USC football for years to come. Hey, after Kiffin, hope is about all Trojans fans have left in this season of our discontent.

  23. John Taylor says: Sep 29, 2013 1:51 PM

    @ Anoesis: I almost pulled the trigger on including Fitzgerald — probably should have any way — but see him as kind of a Midwest version of Petersen. That man absolutely loves NU and bleeds purple. It would be beyond stunning if he left, especially for a job in LA.

    And I should’ve had DeRuyter on there. That’s my fault.

  24. gatorguru says: Sep 29, 2013 1:52 PM

    As a Jacksonville resident of Jacksonville,I can tell you Del Rio is a horrible coach.He set a record for firing assistants.A major league douchebag.

  25. larrybrown43 says: Sep 29, 2013 2:03 PM

    Herm Edwards. A man of integrity and a leader of young men. There wouldn’t be a finer selection.

  26. Deb says: Sep 29, 2013 2:09 PM

    Would be surprised if they went for Fisher and floored if he accepted. Jeff’s an NFL guy. The league held his position on the competition committee after he was fired from the Titans until he could get another coaching job–something they’ve never done before.

    I’ve always liked Del Rio, and he’s a great defensive coach. But he hasn’t been successful as a head coach. Haden can’t afford to take that big a gamble.

    The Pac-12 is an offensive-minded conference, and Haden was a quarterback. Can’t see them going for a DC like Kirby Smart. Peterson and Sumlin would probably be the dream gets. But I think the best suggestions have been Greg Roman and Hue Jackson.

  27. birdcen says: Sep 29, 2013 2:28 PM

    I’m sure the bright lights of LA would scare Kirby Smart…..really? He coaches in the SEC. LA is a joke! Nice article bud.

  28. birdcen says: Sep 29, 2013 2:29 PM

    SC has been a joke since Pete left…..grow up SC fans. You are not good.

  29. irishdodger says: Sep 29, 2013 2:36 PM

    Pat Haden is no dummy. He knows the college game well & my guess his list will start w/ college guys. I can’t see Del Rio being the guy but then again Pete Carroll was never their top choice & he built a program that dominated the 2000s. One thing for sure SC fans, you should be glad that Haden is the AD vs Garrett. Haden will hire the right guy, the recruiting will return to t0p 5 and all will be well in LA this time next season.

  30. gatorguru says: Sep 29, 2013 2:42 PM

    Deb,where do you get that Del Rio is a excellent defensive coach?He’s not,and this comes from someone who watched his teams for many years.The media pumps him,but he is a position coach at best.Don’t drink the kool aid.

  31. irishdodger says: Sep 29, 2013 2:44 PM

    @birdcen,

    You must still be in your 20s so here’s a history lesson:

    Bama was horrible between Gene Stallings & Nick Saban (that’s four failed head coaches between those two HoFers)

    OU was a joke between Switzer & Stoops (3 failed head coaches)

    Texas was an also ran until Mack Brown revived them. Go look up the careers of guys like David McWilliams & John Mackovich to see what kind of mediocrity UT slid into post-Royal/pre-Mack.

    USC had their years in the valley as well when you look at their teams from the 80s & 90s. Trivia Question: Who did Pete Carroll replace as HC at SC? Hint: it wasn’t John Robinson. Most fans can answer that question w/o the benefit of Google.

    Point being…EVERYTHING goes in cycles. Teams have their ups & downs & it all depends on who the HC is. Get the right HC & the program will return to glory. Bama finally got theirs in Saban who has the incredible accomplishment of being responsible for the rise of two powers in the SEC as he built LSU into what it is today (they were mediocre at best before his arrival…their previous NC was under the late Coach Dietzel in the late 50s) and has Bama to where they were in the Bear Bryant era.

    SC will be back…they just have to hire the right guy. If you build it…they will come.

  32. skwackquackwoof says: Sep 29, 2013 2:52 PM

    With the exception of Del Rio, I don’t see a lot of realistic choices on here. If I were in Haden’s shoes I would be looking at North Dakota State’s coach.. the one who hasn’t lost a single game including playoffs in 3 years. I do not forsee another hiring of less than top talent. USC is one of those HC posts that you take seriously even if you already have a good job. They are serious about winning witha history of doing so, immeasurably rich, great weather and scenery, and the fans have most of their teeth. Anyone is up for grabs, I don’t care where they currently coach. When there is a vacancy at USC it should make a lot of folks nervous. As a Ducks and Seahawks fan for life I can say a few things with relative confidence.1:) USC will be back. 2:) Jim Mora is better than Lane Kiffin, but that’s about it, its like saying my bathtub is dryer than the ocean. Dont go on thinking that UCLA is going to reign supreme for much longer.

  33. halbert53 says: Sep 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    To me the most obvious choice for an offensive-minded relatively young coach would be Mike Gundy, who has taken Oklahoma State about as far as they can go. With the resources and branding of USC, he could turn the Trojans into a juggernaut. His wide open offense fits in with the Pac-12 and would attract top recruits on offense.

  34. Deb says: Sep 29, 2013 3:31 PM

    @gatorguru …

    I’m basing that on his last couple of years as defensive coordinator with Denver. They’re about middle of the pack so far this season (with their two defensive stars injured), but finished in the top five last year. Since John Fox is a big defensive guy, he probably has some influence on that, just as Saban does at Bama. But you still have to give the DC credit.

    For all the criticism he gets, Del Rio has done some stand-up things on and off the field, so I have a bit of a soft spot for him. But I wouldn’t hire him as a head coach in the NFL or the NCAA.

  35. myplace2013 says: Sep 29, 2013 3:38 PM

    Any chance Steve Spurrier would leave the other USC? He’s won national championships, still shows great enthusiasm for the game, keeps a smaller program in a tough conference in the mix every year, and is a great recruiter.

  36. John Taylor says: Sep 29, 2013 3:39 PM

    To me the most obvious choice for an offensive-minded relatively young coach would be Mike Gundy…

    Hmmm. Gundy did reportedly strongly consider the openings at both Arkansas and Tennessee this past December. There are also rumblings that he and the OSU AD are not exactly on the same regarding several issues.

    HC experience + style of offense + factors at his current job = helluva job, halbert53. This might be the best off-the-current-radar option tossed out there yet. Excellent, excellent line of thinking.

  37. seanb20124 says: Sep 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    UVA’s Mike London could be available, I am sure he would listen

  38. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 29, 2013 4:31 PM

    Al Golden

  39. halbert53 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    Oklahoma State is a great program but historically plays second fiddle to OU. Several assistant coaches have gone on to be head coach (Jeff Bower, Larry Fedora, Todd Monken) at Southern Miss. Les Miles left Oklahoma State as head coach to go to head coach at a premier school LSU. Gundy has built on what Miles did at OSU and has taken the program up several levels. He was wise not to take a job at Arkansas or Tennessee. USC, on the other hand, is a flagship program that can sustain excellence over the long haul with a few bumps in the road with a bad hire to replace top tier coaches.

  40. dcroz says: Sep 29, 2013 7:21 PM

    Another out-of-the-box possibility is Mark Richt. If Georgia does not win out and finally take the national championship this season with all the talent it has, then I’d have to say Richt has done all he can in Athens. He’s got a high-powered offense, plus he’s the anti-Kiffin in his demeanor, something USC really needs right now.

  41. beanocook says: Sep 29, 2013 7:31 PM

    Another exNFL HC eaten alive in college football. Go back to the NFL Lane, join your pops.

  42. scbaby2013 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:20 PM

    Whomever is hired will have a clean slate after these unfair sanctions are over. See Penn state and Ohio state slap on the wrist sanctions

  43. thesmedman says: Sep 29, 2013 8:49 PM

    Here is a class man and coach: Lovie Smith.

    An out of the box choice. Solid coach. Might not have the salesmanship skills for that job but a solid coach and man.

  44. woebegong says: Sep 29, 2013 8:51 PM

    Coach Richt will be at UGA until he retires. He is paid over 3 million a year here and he has had a lot of success, and enjoys the south.
    Talent wise, UGA has a lot of good athletes but the defense is starting 8 new guys this year, 3 of which are true freshmen. It will take a couple of more games for the secondary to get it together completely. Hopefully, the really loaded offense can continue to carry the load. The schedule is a lot more favorable from now on for UGA, after having played 3 top ten teams in 4 weeks.

  45. thesmedman says: Sep 29, 2013 9:08 PM

    Bill O’Brien.

  46. sportsguy3434 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:53 PM

    There will be so many names thrown out for this job. I don’t think Mark Richt will leave UGA unless he gets tired of winning 10 games a year and competing for the SEC east most years and still being on the hot seat. If Texas changes coaches they should go after Miles and Richt. Don’t know they could get either, but they are solid established regional choices.

  47. mwcarolina says: Sep 29, 2013 11:39 PM

    ok, let me first eliminate Jon Gruden and Jeff Fisher. why would Fisher leaves St. Louis for?? one, this is his 2nd year and two, if they dont play well again, he can draft his own QB this year (if he feels that’s the issue). i cant see Gruden leaving a good ESPN job for a college coaching job. i think he’s waiting for the right job. if Carolina starts struggling again, i could see him being the Panther coach. Del Rio makes alot of sense if he wants to be a college coach. Steve Sarkisian is a guy i think USC should go after the most (if he wants the job). Sarkisian can coach well, as for who they hire, i dont know. it depends on who wants the job.

  48. Deb says: Sep 30, 2013 12:13 AM

    beanocook says:

    Another exNFL HC eaten alive in college football. Go back to the NFL Lane, join your pops.
    —————————————————
    Even if his “pops” were willing to forgive Junior for firing him, Little Lanie is an offensive guy and his dad is a defensive guru. So there’s no place for Junior on his dad’s defensive staff with the Cowboys. And for all Jerrah’s faults, I wouldn’t think even he’d hire that squirt as a position coach with his offense. But you never know …

  49. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    How is Art Briles name no ton that list….

    He has built juggernaughts of offenses that can keep pace with Oregon all day. It’s doubtful he would take it but no more so than Gruden or Fisher.

  50. pappyyppap says: Oct 4, 2013 12:44 PM

    Maybe I fell asleep at the wheel but when did Pat Fitzgerald ever get offered by ND or Michigan???????

    “Pat Fitzgerald, head coach Northwestern: Has turned the perennial doormat into a relevant program. Has roots there (Chicago native) and has turned down offers from the likes of Notre Dame and Michigan. A long shot that Haden could lure him west.”

  51. Woody Bass says: Oct 6, 2013 7:37 PM

    James Franklin?!?!?!?!?!?

    (Eyeroll)

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