MMBH Canned at Michigan
Yeah, it’s official. Michigan Man Brady Hoke (MMBH) is out the door at the University of Michigan, and the Carcajous will be looking for a coach as well as an athletic director. Hoke’s deal included a $3 million buyout, so I don’t feel too sorry for him. Based on his total compensation over four years amounting to $17.34 million. ESPN calculated his cost to the Wolverines as $559,354 per win.
Rumors, which are almost never accurate, place wishful thinking candidates Michigan Man Les Miles and Michigan Man Jim Harbaugh at the top of the wishful thinking wish list. Les Miles has a pretty good deal at LSU and Harbaugh is a pro coach who pisses people off wherever he goes. Methinks the Carcajous would be better off seeking the best football coach, instead of another Michigan Man, who seem to come with compromises. (Of course, we know that the last time they hired a coach, they had a severe bad taste in the mouth from non-Michigan Man Rich Rodriquez, who was recently named Pac-12 coach of the year for his great work at Arizona.)
So, speculation will swirl, as it were, although a dearth of high-profile candidates is going to lead some to speculate more toward up-and-comers than existing head coaches.
Who Will Replace Pellini and Muschamp?
The pool of prospective candidates for Michigan will be taxed by the searches for a couple of other high profile head coaching positions: Nebraska and Florida. Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss is now out of the mix, having signed a three year contract extension. The Gators seem to be hitting Jim McElwain, head coach of the Colorado State Rams, very hard, to the exclusion of other candidates.
Greg Schiano, former Rutgers coach who didn’t make it in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs, is a name that frequently surfaces in coaching merry-go-round conversations. Schiano has been sitting on the sidelines for a year, and might be ready to get back into it.
Dan Mullen, head coach at Mississippi State, surfaces in these discussions, primarily because northerners think, “Whoda hell wants to be in Mississippi?) However, the Nebraska job would be an upgrade as far as money is concerned, so whoda hell would want to stay in Mississippi for $3 million when Nebraska is offering $5 million to the right guy. Mullen is riding the crest of his career achievements at Starkville right now. Chances are, he can’t improve much beyond what he’s done up to now in Mississippi.
Jerry Kill has been mentioned for Nebraska, which would be an upgrade for him, but his health issues might knock him out of the running. Besides, the Gophers have treated him well and have revered him. Will the allure of bigger bucks dangled in front of Kill prove irresistable?
This list is just a scratch of the surface, including only guys with head coaching experience. There are certainly up-and-comers who could excel in any of these jobs, but it will take an astute, non-political search to find them. It’s going to be an interesting coaching merry-go-round, fersure!