The coaching carousel is already spinning. And USA Today columnist Dan Wolken has pegged some intersting candidates for the potential openings at Arkansas and Tennessee and the opening at Ole Miss.
He’s broken the potential candidates down to three categories: Dream hire(think Nick Saban to Alabama), Sensible hire(Dan Mullen to Mississippi State), and entertainment hire(Ed Orgeron at LSU).
For Tennessee, the three candidates were Jon Gruden, Chad Morris and Lane Kiffin. Gruden is the obvious dream hire, due his connection to the school and the Super Bowl he won back in 2002-03. Morris, SMU’s current coach, has done a great job turning around the AAC program and has developed a reputation as a great offensive mind and strong recruiter. Kiffin is the entertainment hire, given how his first stint in Knoxville went.
As the Arkansas, who is still coached by Bret Bielema, Wolken went with Mike Gundy, Mike Norvell and Dana Holgerson. Gundy, the dream hire, has turned Oklahoma State into a consistent power and knows the region well. Norvell, the sensible hire, has continued what Justin Fuente started at Memphis and is positioning himself for a Power 5 job. Holgerson, the current coach at West Virginia and the entertainment hire, is known for his high scoring offense and chugging Red Bulls on the sideline.
And lastly there’s Ole Miss, who has Matt Luke as the interim. Wolken lists the dream hire as Paul Johnson, the sensible hire as UAB’s Bill Clark and the entertainment hire as Les Miles. Johnson and Clark both have experince in building programs from nothing, while just about every one would love to see Les Miles in the SEC again.