Miami Football Should Forget Jon Gruden: Six Other Great Fits for Coaching Gig

Danny DolphinAnalyst IDecember 2, 2010

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during play against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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I wouldn’t count Jon Gruden-to-Miami completely out, but it’s looking more and more like it is not going to happen.

I find it hard to believe that talks fell apart when the subject of salaries for assistants came up. According to the Miami Herald, it never even got to that point.

There was a TON of misinformation swirling out there for a good 48 hours. I’m not trying to trick you, just giving you the lowdown.

Also, if a potential coach publicly says he’s not interested, that doesn’t mean a lick; he could be simply saving face if he doesn’t get offered the job or if he ends up staying with his current school.

Don’t believe everything you read (unless it comes from here of course).

Let’s take a look at some other strong fits. Remember, this is pure speculation.


Randy Edsall

Current gig: Head Coach at UConn (1999-present)

Accolades: A big-time overachiever. Edsall took UConn from Division I-AA to Division I-A in 1998. With a limited budget and unappealing program, he still turned them into a winner.

They are on the cusp of winning their first ever Big East Championship this year if they can win at South Florida this weekend.

A good fit becauss: He knows how to build a program and has a ton of experience in doing so. He would be one of the best fits long-term.


Dan Mullen

Current gig: Head Coach at Mississippi State (2009-present)

Accolades: He was the offensive coordinator for the Gators’ two National Championship winners.

He left before Tebow’s final season and at that point on, the Florida offense has struggled.

He has turned an SEC bottom-feeder into a winner. This year, they’re 8-4 and lost to Auburn by three points and Arkansas by a touchdown in overtime.

A good fit because: He has extensive recruiting experience in the state of Florida and would be great for Miami’s wealth of talent on offense.


Mike Leach

Current gig: Football Announcer

Accolades: Former Head Coach at Texas Tech. He led the Red Raiders to a 84-43 record over ten years. He might be the most qualified name on this list, but he has some baggage.

There was major controversy in his dismissal from Texas Tech after alleged inappropriate treatment of a player. He is known to be quite a character, and could be the type of fiery personality this program needs.

A good fit because: He is one of the best offensive minds available. Will Miami overlook his troubled past?

Jim Harbaugh

Current gig: Head Coach at Stanford (2007-2010)

Accolades: Harbaugh has led a once struggling Stanford program to a 28-21 record, including an 11-1 record this season.

He has shown the ability to develop quarterbacks and has done an outstanding job with current Cardinal Andrew Luck, who should be the top pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

He did interview for the Jets head coaching vacancy a couple years back and might want to get back into the league sometime soon.

A good fit because: He is a quarterback guru and could do wonders for a kid like Stephen Morris.


Mark Richt

Current gig: Head Coach at Georgia (2001-2010)

Accolades: The former UM quarterback has led the Bulldogs to a 96-33 record over the last ten years.

His tenure in Athens includes two SEC Championships and five top-ten finishes in the AP Poll.

A good fit because: He has big-time experience in the nation’s top conference and an outstanding resume.

It would take a really nice chunk of change to get him to leave Georgia.


Tommy Tuberville

Current gig: Head Coach at Texas Tech (2010-present)

Accolades: Former Head Coach at Auburn.

A great coach with a great resume (85-40 at Auburn with one SEC Championship and five Top-15 finishes from 1999-2008).

He’s more of a “player’s coach” and is a little too reserved for my tastes.

A good fit because: He’s a winner and a safe pick.


Nick Saban: Just kidding.