With David Cutcliffe all but gone from Duke, who in their right minds would want to take over that program?
While he has built a respectable program in Durham, making Duke Football a consistent winner will take a lot of hard work. It isn't a job for the faint of heart. So who may be able to step in and get the job done?
Disclaimer: Please note none of these are candidates and many, if not most, may not be interested.
Middleton has been a longtime Cutcliffe assistant and has experience in the pros as well. He certainly would be an attractive hire for Duke, and not just because he would be the school's first African-American Coach.
Middleton already knows the program, already knows the recruits and could head off any defections due to the coaching change.
He is a heady knowledgable football guy who has the right kind of intensity to lead a program.
Duke AD Kevin White would be wise to try and keep Middleton if he doesn't have luck keeping Cutcliffe.
Stockstill is currently the head coach at Middle Tennessee State. If Tennessee comes poaching a coach from North Carolina, why can't a North Carolina School return the favor?
Stockstill has led a successful program at MTSU and Duke might be a stepping stone for him to get a more high profile job if he desires.
The only problem is how would he view the move. If he doesn't see it as a lateral move or better, then forget it.
Chow is a long time offensive coordinator and while he has had plenty of chances to be head coach, he has always passed.
He was formally the OC at NC State under Chuck Amato. I'm not sure what his feelings about North Carolina are, but Duke might offer him a chance to put his stamp on a building program rather than one that already has a foothold in the college football world.
But then again some guys are just coordinators and don't want to have to deal with the heavy lifting of being head coach.
I love a coach who wears a tie on game day. Just speaks Old School.
And given that Duke used to be a real football power back in the day, it might be interesting to bring in a guy who took a once pathetic Temple program back from the brink.
But like Stockstill, how would he view the Duke job? At best it is a lateral move for him given what he has started at Temple.
He may not be interested in starting from scratch with the Blue Devils. But one might argue he has more chance at conference success at Duke than at Temple.
How can this guy not be at least mentioned here? Obviously he is a little off his rocker regardless of what went down with Craig James' kid at Texas Tech.
But he is a smart guy. He has a law degree and Duke has a law school. How perfect is that?
He has a great offensive mind and the players Cutcliffe has assembled would probably fair well in that system.
Problem is, will AD Kevin White or the Duke Board of Trustees want a potential loose cannon? It would be an intriguing hire, but it may not be in the best interest of Duke.
Leach might find the challenge appealing to him. He is cocky and confident, not unlike a former Duke coach, Steve Spurrier.
However, if Leach came in and kept things clean then he'd surely be off to a more high profile job in a short time and Duke would be back to square one...again.
Duke is not an easy sell, and the Blue Devils were fortunate to land a guy the caliber of Cutcliffe.
But his apparent and abrupt departure still proves Duke is a second-class player on the national picture despite the success of the basketball team.
Whoever steps in will need to understand that and embrace it as Cutcliffe appeared to do. They will need to understand how difficult it is to win at Duke but be convinced that they can do it because it can be done.
Will Duke ever be a national power, no. But can they earn national respect and become a good job, yes. So who wants the challenge?