As the search for Texas A&M's new football coach heads into the back stretch, it appears three finalists have emerged.
Kevin Sumlin from Houston, Mark Richt from Georgia and Chris Petersen from Boise State appear to be the last men standing. All indications are that a final decision will be made soon.
Each of these three candidates has his strengths and weaknesses. All three could be be the coach to take A&M to the next level or could be failures on a monumental scale. This is the most important coaching hire that A&M has made in quite some time.
Bill Byrne cannot mess this up. He already gave Dennis Franchione and Mike Sherman lucrative extensions before firing them. Frankly, he is lucky that the A&M administration is letting him take part in this search. With his track record when it comes to football hires some would argue he should have been let go along with Sherman.
The Aggies need a home run hire to lead them into a new era in the Southeastern Conference. Let's take a look at the positives and negatives that each candidate brings to the table.