Louisville made its pitch to Jeff Brohm and the former assistant coach, QB, ‘First Family of Louisville Football” turned down his hometown team. Fans are not happy.
Time and again successful coaches come to Louisville and leave the program for ‘bigger jobs’ while fans are focused on the ‘Collision Course….. the only variable is time’.
But the program carries on. It went from Missouri Valley to Independent to Conference USA to the Big East to nearly being left in purgatory and finding a home in the ACC. It used to play on a baseball field and it built its own stadium and expanded it TWICE.
But the overall problem now is: If the UofL Football program can’t get Jeff Brohm to accept its head coaching position…… who can it get?
Out of the gate, it seems as if Vince Tyra will focus on Appalachian State ‘s Scott Satterfield . Satterfield is 50-24 as head coach at Appalachian State and has nothing less than 9 wins over the past 4 seasons there. He is a former QB of Appalachian State and has spent the majority of his coaching career in Boone, NC.
Ryan Day filled in admirably at Ohio State for a suspended Urban Meyer. Day has NFL experience and has called offense at a high level with Ohio State, Boston College and Temple. Day is 39 years old and figures to be a hot name around the country.
Brent Venables has hounded Louisville for the past 5 years at Clemson. He has the defensive side of the ball locked down and is a proven recruiter. He has a quirky personality and no one knows if he’d like to be a head coach. Currently Venables is the highest paid assistant coach in the country and they love him at Clemson. So it would be interesting to see if Brent would leave that position to be a head coach anywhere. He’s also spent a considerable amount of time at Oklahoma & Kansas State and isn’t someone who bounces from job to job. It’s worth calling Brent, but he recently said that he would be unwilling to leave Clemson until his son graduated from the school (he is a freshman).
Matt Campbell at Iowa State is FUN. His style is exciting, and they love him in Ames. But his buyout may be a little cost prohibitive for UofL who is already paying Bobby Petrino $14M on the way out the door. He’s dug Iowa State out of a huge crater and had a great deal of success at Toledo. Campbell is one of the country’s brightest young head coaches, he has to be on the list.
Mike Norvell is a young coach who is currently having success at Memphis. Memphis runs an exciting brand under Novell and the AAC is sort of a proven track from Group of 5 head coaches to have success in the Power 5. Norvell was at Tulsa, Pitt, and Arizona State previously and has shown the ability to manage a roster with a lot of turnover.
Mike Leach has a low buy out and had an agreement to be the head coach at Tennessee after the Greg Schiano disaster last season. It stands to reason that Leach is likely going somewhere this off-season as he has his team at #13 with a grad transfer QB and was attempting to land a more relevant job at the end of 2016.
Luke Fickell interim’d at Ohio State and currently is the head coach at Cincinnati. Fickell is currently 10-2 at UC and CAN RECRUIT THIS AREA. Not as proven as some of the others, but a hot name right now.
Brent Pry is the current defensive coordinator at Penn State. I’ve admired his defense for quite some time. Penn State finished the regular season at #12 in the nation, and the Penn State defense has been solid throughout his tenure and was also very effective at Vanderbilt as well. Pry could provide some toughness back into the program which is sorely needed and is one of the best non-head coach candidates I could think of.
Dave Aranda is LSU’s Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Aranda has recruited nationally and has a brand of toughness. He’s also highly paid at LSU and has been on the rise for some time.
Lane Kiffin has been all around college football and is the current head coach of Florida Atlantic. He’s been the HC of Tennessee, the Oakland Raiders, and USC. Many people in coaching circles claim that Kiffin learned a lot from his time at Alabama as Offensive Coordinator under Nick Saban. Kiffin can recruit, has a name, gets attention, but always ends his tenure in spectacular fashion.
Chip Long is the young offensive coordinator at Notre Dame (35 years old). He may still be a bit green, but the ND offense is revived under Long. Long also was a GA here at UofL nearly a decade ago. He’s moving up the ladder quickly and it will be a matter of time before Chip lands a HC position. He’s been with Louisville, Arkansas, Illinois, Arizona State, Memphis, and now Notre Dame.
Dino Babers has brought Syracuse from obscurity to a current #20 ranking. Babers is known for digging programs out of the basement having doing so at Eastern Illinois (2-9 prior to arrival to 12-2 two seasons later), Bowling Green (18-9 in two seasons), and Syracuse. Babers is 57 years old.
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