With Urban Meyer somewhat shocking the college football world and stepping down at Florida, there are going to be some side effects spilling onto the University of Miami’s coaching search.
I say somewhat because Meyer stepped down a year ago, for about a day, before returning to one of college football’s premiere jobs.
One thing is for certain: Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is officially smiling ear to ear as his Seminoles look to regain control of the state of Florida against two teams without a leader.
Meyer’s move is going to affect Miami with at least one major candidate and his name is Dan Mullen, current head coach at Mississippi State. He was Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Florida during their multiple championship runs and has been mentioned as Florida’s top choice.
Below are the names being thrown out there for the Miami job via various news and radio outlets.
Dan Mullen, MSU
With Meyer out at Florida, everyone and their mother thinks Mullen will be his successor. Florida is a superior job to Miami and Mullen has Florida ties. Forget about it.
Randy Edsall, UConn
He’s won at least eight games each of the last four seasons coaching in the Big East with a program that is about as appealing as brussell sprouts. He has a ton of experience and would stick around for the long haul. Looks to be the favorite at this point.
Kevin Sumlin, Houston
He has a 23-16 record at Houston in his three-year tenure, including a 5-7 record this year after losing a couple of quarterbacks to injury. He was basically playing half of his season with a Spencer Whipple (Cr: Zebo) type at quarterback. He’s known as an offensive guru who does a good job at developing QBs. He also has ties to UM Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt from their days at Oklahoma but only has three years of head coaching experience.
Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
Former Auburn head coach is believed to be very interested in Miami. He isn’t the exciting hire everyone is shooting for but would certainly do a good job. He has 15 years of head coaching experience. To me, his calm temperament isn’t much different than Randy Shannon and that’s a problem; they need a fiery leader.
Bo Pelini, Nebraska
The Miami Herald reported Pelini was recently granted permission to speak with UM. He has a 30-11 record with the Cornhuskers, including back-to-back ten win seasons. He’s a defensive mind with lots of NFL coaching experience as well.
Al Golden, Temple
Golden has turned an abysmal Temple program into a winner after going 9-4 last year and 8-4 this season. Many believe he will wait out Joe Paterno for the Penn State job, but that won’t be until 2020, right?
Mike Leach, Fat Tuesday’s (Key West, FL)
The former Texas Tech coach is chomping at this job and is not shy about showing his desire to be UM’s next coach. He is ripping through the South Florida sports-radio waves like a Great White from Jaws. But is this administration going to give him the time of day after his shaky, controversial exit from Tech? Likely not.