Anyone and Everyone is going to be speculating on the coaches who IU will pursue. As I mentioned yesterday Brady Hoke is the obvious name, but because he’s the obvious name, he’ll have a lot of suitors. Mike Leach gets brought up nearly as often in a wistful way. But if you believe Bob Kravitz, and really who doesn’t, Mike Leach isn’t coming.
Kravitz also goes through a list of small school coaching candidates who have had winning records, a serious well thought out list of possible candidates which shows the hours of research in identifying strengths and weaknesses.
This list is different, this is a list of coaches who have had success, but are not being listed in any of the sites I’ve seen. Most likely none of these candidates are being given any consideration, but we might as well throw open a wide net.
Age: 66(Born September 4th so he’ll be 67 next year)
Current Employer: Ohio University
Division 1 Record: 97-54(58-19 at Nebraska, 39-35 at Ohio)
Coaching History: Holy Name HS (Head Coach, 1966-67)
Lincoln Southeast HS (Head Coach, 1968-78)
Nebraska (Freshman Coach, 1979-82)
Nebraska (Running Backs Coach, 1983-97)
Nebraska (Head Coach, 1998-2003)
Current Salary: According to this article, Solich’s base salary was $330,000 in 2009.
Mike’s Take: I’m somewhat surprised he hasn’t gotten more attention in recent years as he turned around a Bobcat program which had been historically awful. He’s made OU relevant at the very least. One huge issue would be his age. At 67 by the beginning of next year, he’s certainly not someone I’d count on for 10 years of coaching if all goes well but he could perhaps shepard in a new era of competence before handing over to an up and coming assistant.
Mike’s Take: Lost in the “scandal” over resume padding that led to O’Leary losing a job with Notre Dame before he even coached a game is the fact that he’s been pretty successful. First with Georgia Tech, and now with Central Florida, he’s taken over two underperforming programs and turned them into fairly consistent winners. His major drawbacks include his age, and some recruiting violations which have UCF on probation for the next two years. Obviously IU has finally cleaned up its athletic Department and would have to swallow hard before bringing another coach with recruiting violations aboard.
Current Employer: Southern Methodist University
Division 1 Record: 92-62(76-41 at Hawaii, 16-21 at SMU)
Current Salary: $1,206,368
Coaching History: Hawaii (Quarterbacks, 1983)
Houston Gamblers (Wide Receivers, 1984)
Denver Gold (Offensive Coordinator, 1985)
Ottawa Roughriders (Offensive Coordinator, 1986)
Houston Oilers (Quarterbacks, 1987-1988)
Detroit Lions (Quarterbacks/Receivers, 1989-1990)
Atlanta Falcons (Offensive coordinator, 1991-1993; Head Coach, 1994-1996)
San Diego Chargers (Quarterbacks Coach, 1998)
Hawaii (Head Coach, 1999-2007)
Mike’s Take: Well, it would be fun to throw a run and shoot out there wouldn’t it? Given the fact that the conference landscape is changing, and the spread offense is really the base for a lot of teams, this isn’t as off the wall as it once seemed. Jones took over an SMU program which had been awful since restarting the program following the death penalty to the program, and has turned out two winning seasons. Jones is being paid fairly well by SMU, and it may be difficult to convince him to come take the reigns on another rebuilding job.
Current Employer: Miami(OH)
Division 1 Record: 9-13
Coaching History: LSU (Running Backs, 1995-2002)
Texas (Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coach, 2003-2004)
Notre Dame (Offensive Coordinator, 2005-2008)
Mike’s Take: If the first three are bad fits because they’re too old, too accomplished, or too comfortable to take on a project as large as IU’s rebuilding, Michael Haywood is the exact opposite. He hasn’t proven nearly enough yet, but he will receive some inquiries from higher level schools after he turned around a floundering RedHawk program in just two years. Miami had had three consecutive losing seasons under Shane Montgomery(who succeeded Terry Hoeppner) and was 2-10 in 2008. Under Haywood, the Redhawks went 1-11 last year, but rebounded to go 8-4 this year and win the MAC East title.