Memphis Coaching Search Central

An updated list of coaching candidates to fill the opening at the University of Memphis.

Randy Fichtner
Current Position:
Quarterbacks coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
Overall record:
No head coaching experience
Notable:
Fichtner's name has surfaced, as he is one of "Memphis' own." Was responsible for the offense during DeAngelo Williams' time. His teams set school records in terms of yardage and scoring. Also responsible for development of Steelers' receivers Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.
Positives:
He knows Memphis well. If he chooses to coach here again, it will be his third time with the university. He knows the situation. He wants the job.
Negatives:
No head coaching experience, which could be a big factor in Memphis' search. It is unlikely the committee would go that route again.
12/6/2011: Fichtner is certainly among the top candidates for Memphis at this point.

Terry Bowden
Current Position:
North Alabama head coach
Overall record:
46-17-1
Notable:
Has turned several programs around. Took over Auburn program mired in sanctions and led it to undefeated season in his first year.
Positives:
Solid family name. Wants the job. Proven winner. Good coaching experience. Exceptional public speaker.
Negatives:
Bowden does bring baggage, as he resigned at Auburn after recruiting woes among several other reasons.
12/6/2011: As of Tuesday night, Bowden is still in the mix for the Memphis job.

Mark Mangino
Current Position:
Unemployed
Overall record:
50-48
Notable:
Turned around Kansas program. Took it from Big 12 cellar-dweller to legitimate contender, including a 12-1 season in which the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl.
Positives:
Proven at any level. His no-nonsense approach could be beneficial to Memphis football. Can win.
Negatives:
He has an abrasive personality which could turn off some fans. Resigned from Kansas after he was allegedly involved in verbal and physical abuse of players. Has baggage.

Dan Hawkins
Current Position:
Unemployed
Overall record:
112-61-1
Notable:
Was 53-11 at Boise State before heading to Boulder to coach the Buffaloes. Won four-straight WAC titles (2002 – 2005). Largely responsible for what Boise State is today.
Positives:
An offensive mind who's looking to score points. Successful at the non-BCS level. Understands what it takes to build a program from scratch.
Negatives:
May not understand the dynamics of recruiting in the South, as his jobs have always been on the West Coast.

Jim Leavitt
Current Position:
Linebackers coach, San Fransisco 49ers.
Overall record:
95-57
Notable:
Like Hawkins with Boise State, Leavitt built the program at South Florida. He was largely responsible for taking the Bulls from Division I-AA to the BCS' Big East in a span of 10 years.
Positives:
Leavitt is a program-builder, plain and simple. It's what he does. He could take Memphis in its state right now and turn it into a winner.
Negatives:
Has some baggage, as he was fired from South Florida for allegedly being too physical with one of his players.

Mike Stoops
Current Position:
Unemployed
Overall record:
No head coaching experience
Notable:
Turned around program at Arizona. Wants the Memphis job. Also worked wonders for Oklahoma's defense as defensive coordinator.
Positives:
He knows how to work with less, as he did just that at Arizona. He still managed to win four times against Top 10 teams. He's fiery and energetic and could sell the Memphis program.
Negatives:
He was fired for losing, which is never good.

Jim McElwain
Current Position:
Offensive coordinator, Alabama
Overall record:
No head coaching experience
Notable:
Has been around in terms of coaching. Proven offensive coordinator. Helped lead Crimson Tide to national championship in 2010. Coached pros like Greg McElroy and Mark Ingram.
Positives:
His Fresno State offense in 2007 was among the most potent in college football. He's won a national title. He has tremendous experience.
Negatives:
No FBS head coaching experience. He won't have big offensive linemen to run behind at Memphis. Will he understand how to recruit at the C-USA level?

Candidates no longer on Memphis' list: Hugh Freeze, Mark Hudspeth, John L. Smith, Garrick McGee.

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