College Football: Brady Hoke and 10 Coaches Who Could Use a Change of Scenery
With the college football season all but over, the coaching speculation has begun. While Jim Harbaugh has already made his decision to move the NFL, several college coaches remain tied to rumors, from Chris Petersen to Les Miles.
Some of these coaches will probably stay. They have comfortable jobs at big-name programs that they will continue to have success with.
Some coaches out there, though, really need a change of scenery.
So, in light of the end of the college football season and the beginning of the offseason, let's take a look at 10 college coaches who could use a change of scenery.
For those of you who don't know, Willie Taggart is the current head coach of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
In his first year as head coach of the Hilltoppers, Taggart took a team that didn't win a game in 2009 to winning two games in 2010.
It isn't much of an improvement, but it's something.
Taggart has a better reputation as a coach than this record would show. As an assistant coach at Stanford from 2007 to 2009, Taggart was essential in recruiting a lot of the talent that led to Stanford's 12-1 season this year, and worked closely with Heisman runner up Toby Gerhart.
Taggart is probably on the list for Stanford's head-coaching vacancy, and for good reason. He deserves a chance to spotlight his talent.
Brady Hoke has done wonders for the San Diego State football program, and it has gotten him a lot of national attention.
Hoke is currently on the short list for the head-coaching vacancy at Michigan, a job that he should certainly take.
The fact that Brady Hoke needs a change of scenery has nothing to do with his popularity in San Diego, but rather that he could use a bigger stage.
Richt is having a rough going of it.
He's a great coach and he does a good job of recruiting, but the level of competition that Georgia is facing is starting to put him in the hot seat.
Richt deserves the chance to be successful at another program. There are a couple of vacancies, so why not?
Yes, I know, Rich Rod has already been fired, so he's been forced to find a change of scenery, but he's worth mentioning.
Rodriguez has proven that he can find success as a head coach, and there will be some teams out there willing to give him a shot.
Perhaps if he can return to the Big East, he might find himself in the right environment.
The current offensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers has been sought after for a couple of new jobs this year, and he has apparently professed loyalty to the Auburn program.
Malzahn has done a great job of designing one of the greatest offenses in college this year, and some time as a head coach could very well benefit him.
In any case, he would benefit from a change to a team where he could have a larger role in things.
Paul Chryst may not need a change of scenery, but a change would be nice for him.
As the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, he has created a very successful offense centered on the power running game.
He would certainly benefit from the opportunity to display his talents as a coach on a bigger stage, which means not just at a higher-profile school but an expanded coaching role.
Greg Roman was one of the many coaches who stood on the sidelines with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford calling plays for the past few years.
As the assistant head coach, Roman has been surprisingly integral in the formation of the powerful Stanford offense, and he can be held at least partially responsible for the Cardinal's 12-1 season.
Should Stanford not give him the chance to be the new head coach, some other team very well could, because he is a surprisingly underrated guy.
Much like Rich Rodriguez, Ralph Friedgen has already been forced out in Maryland, so his search for greener pastures is already on.
I'm still surprised about Friedgen, who found a lot of success at Maryland but was let go despite an 8-4 record in 2010.
Friedgen is a good coach who has a history of turning teams around. He deserves a shot at a better team than the Terps.
Once again, Skip Holtz is the kind of coach who could use a change of scenery because of his talent as a head coach, not because he lacks anything.
Holtz has done great things for the University of South Florida football program, leading them to an impressive 8-5 record this year that culminated in a bowl victory.
With a couple of head coaching vacancies available, Holtz really should be on the short list for a few people.
Poor Mike Stoops.
At the beginning of the 2010 season, a lot of people were picking Arizona to be the dark-horse candidate to win the Pac-10.
Instead, Arizona had an underwhelming season that was partially a result of injury and partially a result of the fact that the Pac-10 has become a great conference all of a sudden.
With the emergence of Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State as dominant powers and the continued success of USC, Arizona is going to find themselves buried in the Pac-12 next year. Perhaps Stoops should start thinking about a new team, because it's going to take a big effort out of him to propel Arizona to a Pac-12 championship.