COACHING SEARCH: Randy Fichtner

If the name Randy Fichtner sounds familiar, it's because he was the coach most credited for the success of the University of Memphis' offense from 2003-2006.

If the name Randy Fichtner sounds familiar, it's because he was the coach most credited for the success of the University of Memphis' offense from 2003-2006.

Fichtner, before leaving for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, served as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers during their glory years — when DeAngelo Williams was roaming the sidelines and Danny Wimprine was breaking school passing records.

He's now a serious candidate for the Memphis head job.

He worked wonders with the Steelers' wide receiving corps and is now working with the quarterbacks. His NFL experience has helped put him at the forefront of Memphis' list.

Why Fichtner would be a good hire: He knows the Memphis football program; he lived it. He knows the shortcomings and, with the right amount of support, knows what it will take to rebuild it. His familiarity with Memphis should also help him recruit.

Why it wouldn't work: He's got no head coaching experience, and the transition from NFL-to-college isn't always smooth for coaches. He hasn't worked in college in five years, and Memphis is a lot different now than it was then.


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