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Strategy for hiring our next coach?

Am I jumping the gun a little bit with this post?  Not really.  I don't care if you are Steve Kragthorpe's grandma, there can't be too many people that think he'll be the coach at UofL next year.  So, I am asking you, the CC community, what should be the strategy for hiring our next coach?  Not, who per se the coach should be, but what should his profile look like. 

I love UofL as much as anyone, but lets face it, its a good head coaching job but UofL isn't considered a "traditional football power", whatever that is.  Given that, we are not going to hire Urban Meyer away from Florida, our next head coach will have a few flaws on experience or performance record.  So, who do we want out of these candidates:

 

The unproven up-and-comer

Solid guy with a decent track record

Fall from glory

Coach with connections

Read the details and pros/cons after the jump...

Am I jumping the gun a little bit with this post?  Not really.  I don't care if you are Steve Kragthorpe's grandma, there can't be too many people that think he'll be the coach at UofL next year.  So, I am asking you, the CC community, what should be the strategy for hiring our next coach?  Not, who per se the coach should be, but what should his profile look like. 

I love UofL as much as anyone, but lets face it, its a good head coaching job but UofL isn't considered a "traditional football power", whatever that is.  Given that, we are not going to hire Urban Meyer away from Florida, our next head coach will have a few flaws on experience or performance record.  So, who do we want out of these candidates:

The unproven up-and-comer:

Maybe a coordinator who hasn't had a head coaching job or has been head coach at only a very small school. 

Pros: May be a good bargain on a capable coach and he'll be young enough to not retire any time soon.  Bobby Petrino might fit this profile - great record as OC, but no head coaching experience. 

Cons:  Very high risk and only short-term reward.  Either he'll be a total bust or he'll do great and be a flight risk to move on to a Big Ten / SEC school or to the NFL. (Yeah, Bobby definitely fits this profile)

Solid guy with a decent track record:

Successful headcoach at a nice C-USA/MAC//WAC school

Pros: Good track record against decent competition should give us some confidence that he'll be ready to step up to the Big East.  Lots of great examples of great coaches that started at some MAC school...Brian Kelly at Cincy comes to mind.  Also, this guys is probably older...still risk of moving on to the Big Ten / SEC (like John L), but not likely to go to the NFL

Cons: Think this is a low risk pick?  Our current coach probably fits here...also, Ron Cooper.  This guy probably isn't THAT great or else we're not going to lure him away...Chris Petersen isn't leaving Boise State for Louisville...maybe for Penn State or whatever. 

Fall from glory

Experienced head coach with lots of historical success, but a bad run lately

Pros:  Not likely to jump ship for a 'big name' program - would likely be his last job.  Proof that he can be successful at some level.  This could be a Tommy Tuberville or Charlie Weis this year.  Anybody fired from the NFL fits in here.  Maybe 1983 Schnellenberger fits in here (I don't think USFL was technically a "fall". bit he got dislodged from Miami  to go to the USFL and that is the point. - a coach that good has to have something move them away from their last situation )  He'll have lots of experience....

Cons: ....sucking.  This coach would have proven to the world that lately he can't win.  He'll be a recognizable name for recruiting but not sure that would matter all that much (Lou Holtz at South Carolina, Ty Willingham at Washington)

Coach with connections

A current assistant or coordinator with ties to UofL as a player or coach

Pros:  Could turn out like the up-and-comer, but more likely to stick around at UofL.  Would have great rapport with fans, alumni, boosters.  Could Jeff Brohm pan out for us?

Cons:  Likely to have little or no head coaching experience (unless there is somebody I am not thinking of).  Less likely to have as much upside as if we were to choose the best possible up-and-comer regardless of history with the school.  Fans will sour on anyone if the wins don't start coming.  If he is successful, I can't think of too many times where the historical connection has outweighed the money from the NFL (but far less likely to leave for a different BCS school)...actually, wait, Petrino fits in here...and he still left. 

So, what do we think?  I say we hire Nick Saban - guy seems like a winner. 

Phauz

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