Now that the Search Committee at Ole Miss has been formed and is ready to start evaluating candidates for the head coaching position at Ole Miss, it would be good to put forth some realistic names.
Ole Miss has traded off in the last decade between head coaches who were good game day coaches but could not recruit very well (David Cutcliffe, Houston Nutt) and coaches who could recruit but were horrible game day decision makers (Ed Orgeron).
Nobody knows this dilemma better then the Search Committee and members like the legendary Archie Manning. This time Ole Miss needs to get this right. Do they hire an established head coach or pick an up-and-coming coordinator assistant coach?
Most of this list are coordinators because frankly most of the head coaches who are available offer problems. Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez both come with baggage. Ralph Friedgen is near retirement age. Dan Hawkins did a great job with Boise State, but his tenure with Colorado was a disaster. And of course, Urban Meyer would cost Ole Miss way too much money—not to mention, if Meyer would decide to jump back into coaching, the odds are it would be with say, Ohio State.
So here is a realistic list of candidates for Ole Miss to ponder and consider.