When the college football season comes to an end in early 2016, it will signal the beginning a frantic search for a number of high-profile schools looking for their next head coach. Among those looking for a new head man this offseason will be the University of Miami, who fired embattled coach Al Golden just one day after a 58-0 drubbing at the hands of No. 1 ranked Clemson, the worst loss in the school’s history.
The job is sure to be one of the hottest coaching destinations this offseason, which is why speculation is already running rampant on who will take over the legendary Miami coaching job.
Former NFL and college football head coach and current Fox Sports analyst Dave Wannstedt joined Gio and Jones on Wednesday morning to discuss the head coaching vacancy and a few big name coaches he says are already interesting in the position. But first, the guys had to ask if Wannstedt, who coached at University of Miami back in the 80s, was potentially interested in the gig himself.
“No, no, you know, I love Miami obviously I still live in South Florida but personally, no,” Wannstedt said. “But I do have two or three friends that are after the job and are very interested in the job. It’ll be very interesting to see what they (Miami) do, they want to make a decision fairly quick. It’s a good job, you know, it’s not a job like Florida because it’s a pro town. You got to understand the Dolphins are going to be on the front page of the paper. It’s one of those cities, no different than Pittsburgh, and the best thing about it is you can get all the players you need. You don’t really ever have to get on an airplane – you can drive and get all the players you need.”
“I know Greg Schiano would be very interested in it, obviously the Rutgers coach and Tampa coach, he would be very interested in it. I know Mario Cristobal, who played there and really did a nice job at FIU, I was surprised they let him go, I know he has some interest in the job. So we’ll see what happens there.”
Speaking of head coaching vacancies, one rumor is that the LSU job might be vacant sooner rather than later and the long time coach Les Miles might be on his way out, a move Wannstedt disagrees strongly with.
“I don’t get it. They want to get rid of Les Miles, who are you going to hire?,” Wannstedt asked. “Everybody wants to hire the young guru who comes in with his baseball cap on backwards and his two-day-old shave, that’s where it’s gone. But the Les Miles’ and the Mark Richt’s (Georgia), I’d love for my son to go to Georgia and play for Mark Richt. I don’t get it. I wouldn’t make a change at Georgia or LSU, I don’t get it. The worst thing to happen to LSU is that Alabama is winning so much (…) that that’s the bar they get measured by. I’d give him another year.”
Wannstedt also touched on the latest college football playoff rankings and said he doesn’t agree with the latest ones put out by the committee.
“No, I don’t. I agree with the first two, I like Clemson and Alabama but I would have Iowa No. 3 and Michigan State No. 4, and then I’d do Oklahoma No. 5 and Notre Dame No. 6,” Wannstedt said. “Michigan State, I think they’re being slighted because think about it, they beat Michigan on the road, they beat Ohio State on the road, they beat a very good Oregon team. The only game that Michigan State lost was on a controversial call at the end of the game against Nebraska. So really when you start looking at resumes and start comparing the Notre Dame’s and Oklahoma’s to Michigan State’s, I like Michigan State better.”