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Bearcat Insider looks at the first seven names that could be considered to replace Tommy Tuberville at Cincinnati. This is just the start.

There are going to be lots of names batted around in the coming days as the University of Cincinnati looks to replace Tommy Tuberville as the Bearcats head coach. We start with seven names including a few many may not have even thought of before we get going with many of the others some will have on their dream list. This is just a start as we feel this job will be one that will have many looking to snag.

Kerry Coombs
Current Job: Ohio State - Cornerbacks Coach / Special Teams Coordinator
Age: 55

The coach many called “Mr. Cincinnati” during his time at Colerain High School and the University of Cincinnati would be a fan favorite with his enthusiasm and rah-rah coaching style.  There is no mistaking people know Coombs for his fiery pep talk speeches.  One of the best recruiters in college football, Coombs would bring a buzz to the program but may not have what the administration is looking for in their next head coach.

Harlon Barnett
Current Job: Michigan State - Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach
Age: 49

A Cincinnati native, Barnett spent his prep career at Princeton High School before going to Michigan State and the NFL.  Following his playing days, Barnett coached at Princeton before moving to the college level where he was a graduate assistant at LSU before Mark Dantonio tabbed him as his defensive backs coach at Cincinnati.  Barnett followed Dantonio to Michigan State and has been the Spartans associate head coach and defensive coordinator the past two seasons.  Barnett knows Cincinnati as he continued recruiting the Southwest Ohio at Michigan State.

Luke Fickell
Current Job: Ohio State - Defensive Coordinator
Age: 43

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Fickell is a name well known as one of the top young coaches waiting for his first head job.  However, Fickell and his family seem very happy staying at Ohio State and the Columbus area. 

Jim Tressel
Current Job: President Youngstown State University
Age: 63

The man known for his sweater vest and success at Ohio State will see his NCAA “show cause” tag removed at some point this month.  However, in a recent interview, Tressel said he’s happy right where he’s at in life.  But what would happen if Cincinnati picked up the phone and made the call?  Would the man who won four national championships at YSU and one at Ohio State have interest in taking a job he once turned down?

Bo Pelini
Current Job: Youngstown State – Head Coach
Age: 48

Another Ohio native (Youngstown) who understands the need to recruit the region.  During his time as head coach at Nebraska, Pelini would post a 67-27 record as the Huskers spent time in the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences.  So far his year, he’s guided Youngstown State to a 10-3 mark making the FCS playoffs where they’ll play Wofford next weekend. 

Chuck Martin
Current Job: Miami (Ohio) University – Head Coach
Age: 48

Martin took over a train wreck at Miami and saw the program turn things around this season after starting 0-6.  Martin guided the RedHawks to six consecutive wins to finish the season earning a first-place tie in the Mid-American Conference East Division.  With deep Midwest roots, Martin has worked the key recruiting areas needed to have success at Cincinnati.  Took over for Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State where his teams did not lose a regular season game from 2005-2009.  In the process, Martin had the Lakers program playing in the playoffs from 2004-2009 where they won two Division II National Championships (2005-2006).  Joined Kelly at Notre Dame (2010-2013) before being named head coach at Miami in 2014.

Chris Creighton
Current Job: Eastern Michigan – Head Coach
Age: 47

Creighton spent most of his career at smaller college posting winning records at each stop.  In 2013 he was named head coach at Eastern Michigan taking a program in a total mess.  After struggles the first two seasons, Creighton moved the bar as Eastern Michigan finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and Bahamas Bowl berth.  Many feel Creighton is a lot like former Bearcats head coach Mark Dantonio in what he requires from his players on and off the field.


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