Alright, this may not be the most ethical thing to do given that Mark Mangino has not yet been fired at the
So, here are who we consider to be the leading candidates, in order, for what will soon be an open job at KU.
- Kevin Sumlin, Houston: Sumlin has Big 12 experience, directed
- Larry Fedora, Southern Mississippi: In 1988, Glen Mason was hired at
- Skip Holtz,
- Nolan Cromwell, Texas A&M: The Ransom Rambler would make older KU alumni happy—for many of us, Cromwell remains perhaps the greatest multi-sport athlete ever at
- Randy Edsall,
- Gus Malzahn,
- Turner Gill,
Is this it? Of course not—there are certainly names we don’t know or haven’t mentioned here. Would I like to go after Gary Patterson at TCU? You bet—but the administration there is moving swiftly to re-do his contract. Would a guy like Phillip Fulmer want to get back into the game? Maybe—we know he’d be paid well at
Whoever the pick, the criteria have to be as follows:
- Recapture and sustain momentum which seemed to be building in 2007-2008.
- Recruit, recruit, recruit—and do a better job of attracting more four-star talent to
- Rebuild Jayhawk Nation support in the football program, including restoring faith in the vision of the Gridiron Club. (In other words, get alums to open/re-open their pocket books for contributions.)
- Not allow
- Equal Mangino’s record against
In addition, and this is very important, the new coach must hire a proven, good defensive coordinator. The majority of the names on the list above have made their bones on the offensive side of the ball. In order to sustain excellence, a stout defense is needed to thwart the spread offenses which have become de rigueur in the college game.
Who’ll be the new coach at