Dan Mullen (Mississippi State Coach)
Mullen has built Mississippi State into the #1 team in the country. He is thought of as one of the top young coaches (42) and top offensive minds in the country.
Mullen hails from Pennsylvania, has coached in the Midwest (he was a grad assistant at Notre Dame from 1999-2000 and the quarterbacks coach at Bowling Green from 2001-2002), but he has no ties to Michigan whatsoever. He’s also a spread guy, so his hire would likely call for a roster overhaul similar to that which Rich Rodriguez had to execute during his tenure in Ann Arbor.
His name is being mentioned purely because of recent success. There’s nothing at all linking him to Ann Arbor. That begs the question, have fans, former players, and the administration in Ann Arbor evolved enough to embrace a coach with no Maize & Blue ties and a diametrically opposed offensive philosophy in a way it never did Rodriguez? That is a huge unknown. Would he recruit as well outside of the SEC? Mullen’s name would become more intriguing if Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne emerged as a serious candidate for the same post at Michigan since Byrne hired Mullen at Mississippi State.
Teryl Austin (Detroit Lions DC)
In his first season as a NFL defensive coordinator Austin has the Detroit Lions #1 in scoring defense, #3 in rush defense, and #6 in total defense... major upgrades in each category. He served as Michigan’s secondary coach from 1999-2002 and is regarded as an outstanding recruiter.
Austin has been a coordinator for a grand total of 1.5 seasons (one full season at Florida in 2010 and now ½ a season in Detroit). He has never been a head coach.
His Michigan ties paired with the Lions early success have given his name some buzz, but would the Maize & Blue bass really target a coach with no head coaching experience?
Harold Goodwin (Arizona Cardinals OC)
Goodwin is a former Michigan offensive lineman (1992-1995) and graduate assistant (1995-1997). He took the helm as the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator last season and helped spur a major turnaround from the #32 unit in the NFL to #12 unit in the NFL.
He has coordinated now for a grand total of 1.5 seasons. He has never been a head coach.
His Michigan ties paired with his early success with the Cardinals have given his name some buzz, but the same question applies to Goodwin that applied to Austin. Would the Maize & Blue bass really target a coach with no head coaching experience?
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