Coaching Candidates Part 4

Arizona is likely a month away from naming a new coach. It appears they are down to 10 candidates, but the names of those ten candidates have still not been released to the public. We continue our look at some of the most logical and rumored names for the job.

Stan Parrish
Quarterbacks Coach
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Alma Mater: Heidelberg College (‘67)

Resume: QB's coach with the Super Bowl champion Bucs...Offensive coordinator and QB's coach at Michigan…Head coach at Kansas State, Marshall and Wabash.
Pluses: Coached Brad Johnson to one of his best seasons…Coached future NFL QB's Brian Griese, Scott Dreisbach, Tom Brady and Ray Lucas in college. Was inducted into the Wabash Hall of Fame after his coaching stint at the small college.
Minuses: Did not have a successful coaching record at Kansas State...Not a big name candidate…Hasn't been a head coach since the mid-80's.
Chances: Slim. He may be Mel Kiper Jr.'s candidate, but Kiper may be the only supporter. Parrish is a very good QB coach, but if the Cats take an NFL position coach to be their head coach it will be Hunley.

Gary Patterson
Head Coach
Age: 42
Alma Mater: Kansas State ('81)

Resume: Head Coach at TCU...Assistant at TCU, New Mexico, Navy,
Pluses: Has maintained the success that former mentor Dennis Francione brought to TCU…Has led them to two bowl games in his first two seasons and already has the Horned Frogs bowl eligible this season…One of the bright, young coaching minds in college football.
Minuses: Is he living off the success of Francione's regime?…Never coached in a major conference...May not want to leave his successful TCU program.
Chances: Poor. Patterson has not been mentioned for the job. He is an intriguing candidate. Any thought that his success is really Francione's is starting to wane as he has TCU undefeated in his third season. If he wants the job he should be in the mix, but at this time his name is not being mentioned.

Bo Pelini
Defensive Coordinator
Age: 35
Alma Mater: Ohio State ('90)

Resume: First year defensive coordinator at Nebraska...Coached in the NFL with Green Bay, San Francisco and New England.
Pluses: Great defensive mind…Has coached under George Seifert and Pete Carroll…Nebraska's defense has been much improved this season.
Minuses:No ties to the west...Only his first season as a coordinator…May want to return to the NFL
Chances: Fair. Pelini looks to be one of the hot, young coordinators in college football. His lack of experience and ties to the west could keep him from being a top candidate for this job.

Mike Price
Currently unemployed

Age: 57

Resume: Former head coach at Washington State and Alabama...Took Washington State to two Rose Bowls…
Pluses: Made Washington State a national power in recent seasons...Coached in two Rose Bowls…Has recruited well to Pullman, Wash. which is not easy to do…Great ties to the west, the Pac-10 and Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood.
Minuses: Fired from Alabama for improprieties at a strip club…Had some very bad seasons at Washington State and was never a consistent winner there…Was on the chopping block several times, including three years ago.
Chances: Fair. His odds would be higher had UA President Peter Likens not publicly stated that he would not be a candidate. Despite Likens' statements, the UA search committee have hinted that he may still be in the picture. May have been the front runner three years ago had he not been coming off a 1-10 season. Don't be shocked to see Price in the picture.

Bob Pruett
Head Coach
Age: 60
Alma Mater: Marshall ('65)

Resume: Head coach at Marshall...Defensive coordinator at Florida and Tulane…Assistant coach at Mississippi, Wake Forest and Marshall.
Pluses: Has won over 85% of his games as head coach at Marshall…Won the 1996 Division I-AA national championship…Coached on the staff of the 1995 national runner-up Florida team.
Minuses: No ties to the west...Is a Marshall grad and may not want to leave.
Chances: Poor. Pruett is certainly one of the best coaches in America, but has shown little interest in other jobs. If interested, Pruett would warrant consideration, but his lack of ties to the west would certainly be a pause for concern.

Terry Samuel
Head Coach
New Mexico State
Age: 46
Alma Mater: Nebraska ('77)

Resume: Head coach at New Mexico State...Assistant coach at Nebraska, Western Michigan and Stanford
Pluses: Samuel has done a pretty good job at New Mexico State, perennially one of the worst football schools in D-I...He was a defensive assistant on two national championship teams at Nebraska …Great ties to the west...Great academic track record.
Minuses: Has a losing record at NMST…Has never built the Aggies into a consistent winner.
Chances: Poor. Samuel would be a very tough sell. Those who follow college football know that he has done a pretty good job at New Mexico State, but it would be difficult to convince the Wildcat faithful that the best hire would be a coach with an overall losing record.

Jeff Scurran
Head Coach
Pima Community College

Resume: Coach of Pima Community College…Started the program from the ground up...Vastly successful coach on the high school level.
Pluses:Turned around five losing programs and put them into playoff's by 2nd year…Coached Tucson's Sabino High to the 1990, '92 &'98 Arizona State Championship, and a top 20 USA Today ranking.
Minuses: Never coached at the four-year college level…Lacks a big "name".
Chances: Slim to none. There is no denying Scurran is an excellent football coach, but the school can't take a risk hiring a coach from the JC ranks.

All photos courtesy of their current teams except Mike Price whose photo is courtesy of Alabama

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