Posted by Mike
First off, I am not advocating for any change at any university in the SEC and within the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky or South Carolina.
However, if I were a newly hired AD with no recent DUI offenses or embarrassing panty stories, I might make a list of the best college football coaches in the land, just in case.
My list would look like this:
Chris Peterson – Head Coach – Boise State – Has reportedly turned down numerous offers to move.
Kirby Smart – Defensive Coordinator – Alabama – Rumored to turn down a DC post at UGA unless the conditioning coach was replaced, and used a job offer at UGA as leverage with Alabama.
Will Muschamp – Defensive Coordinator – Texas – Turned down Tennessee and pushed for Derek Dooley to get the job. Has been named Head Coach in waiting at Texas. Whatever that means.
Gary Patterson – Head Coach – TCU – Not a great option at 54 years of age.
Dan Mullen – Head Coach – Mississippi State – Young, smart apprentice of Urban Meyer.
Brian VanGorder – Defensive Coordinator – Atlanta Falcons – He wants to be in the NFL and may be on a path to a head coaching slot in the senior league.
If money was no option my pick would be Peterson. Say what you will about Boise State's schedule, this guy has been a major reason that program is now on the map. Just imagine what he could do with a stable full of athletes.
Of course there is more to consider than who to hire. Any good AD would also consider who else might also be in the market for a new coach.
Programs likely to be shopping:
Penn State – Joe Pa is old and in his farewell tour. You know they are going to be shopping soon.
LSU – Les Miles – He may survive another disappointing season, but if they make a move in Baton Rouge next year, you'll have to bid against them in the free market.
Ole' Miss – Houston Nutt – Talk about a disaster! All this guy did was recruit Darren McFadden and chase skirts. Then he was anointed a genius. His days are numbered. Ole' Miss won't pay nearly what a top tier program might, but it is a simple supply and demand issue. If there are five D 1 programs looking for coaches, then demand is high.