Rutgers Coaching Hotboard 4.0

Scarlet Report presents its first coaching hotboard after Rutgers fired Kyle Flood without cause Sunday afternoon.

Name – Al Golden

Current Spot – Unemployed

Temperature – Hot

Past Experience – Miami head coach (2011-15), Temple head coach 2006-10

The Skinny – Golden could not get it done at Miami, so why look at the white dress shirt and red tie to lead a Big Ten football program? Golden was already successful in the area as Temple’s leader, and is a solid option in mending the broken New Jersey fences. Golden recruited New Jersey well at every stop, and the Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic graduate has better in-state relationships than most college coaches. Rutgers isn’t the most desirable coaching vacancy by any means, and competition for Golden is weaker than other candidates based on his Miami ouster. Golden's stock remains high but the length of the search is interesting when it comes to a coach that is out of work.

Name – Chris Ash

Current Spot – Ohio State defensive coordinator

Temperature – Hot

Past Experience – Arkansas Defensive Coordinator, Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator

The Skinny --  Ash coached against Rutgers in each of the last three seasons. He is a good recruiter. He gets the Big Ten and he has strong connections in the college football community. After Syracuse and Ash broke apart, Rutgers became the hottest name associated with him and there is already contact between the sides. Urban Meyer will give him a solid endorsement.

Name – Mario Cristobal

Current Spot – Alabama OL Coach

Temperature – Lukewarm

Past Experience – FIU Head Coach

The Skinny – Cristobal and Rutgers could not make it work in 2012 shortly after Schiano departed but 2015 is a different conversation and a new conference. Keep an eye on Cristobal. Cristobal to Miami no longer appears an option, so other regional schools will continue to explore this option after a solid stint so far at Alabama.

Name – Matt Rhule

Current Spot – Temple head coach

Temperature – Lukewarm

Past Experience – New York Giants assistant OL coach (2012), Temple assistant and OC (2006-11)

The Skinny – Rutgers would be crazy to not at least give Rhule a look. Rhule made Temple a recruiting competitor for Rutgers, and beat Flood for multiple New Jersey targets over his tenure. Rhule’s successes in 2015 go partially to his strong and deep senior class but he brings something that Rutgers would love in its own program – a head-coaching victory over Penn State. Rhule may is out as a candidate at Missouri and Rutgers makes sense as an interview for someone with Big Ten ties. With Rhule coaching Saturday in the AAC title game, his interaction with schools does not continue until Sunday. Rhule could easily stay at Temple another season.

Name – Jeff Brohm

Current Spot – Western Kentucky head coach

Temperature – Lukewarm

Past Experience – Western Kentucky offensive coordinator (2013), Louisville offensive assistant (2003-08)

The Skinny – The Louisville connection is interesting, and so is Brohm’s history as an offensive coach. Brohm worked Louisville during its apex under Bobby Petrino, but does not have extensive head-coaching experience. Brohm knows quarterbacks, and Western Kentucky continues the upward trajectory set by Willie Taggert and Bobby Petrino under his guidance. Brohm made a ton of noise at Virginia after Maryland went with DJ Durkin. A departure from Western Kentucky would have to be the right fit. Julie Hermann's departure at Rutgers makes it a slightly more likely pairing.

Name – P.J. Fleck

Current Spot – Western Michigan head coach

Temperature – Cold

Past Experience – Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR coach (2012), Rutgers wide receivers coach (2010-11)

The Skinny – Rutgers has to do its due diligence during the vetting process but Fleck is an obvious name during the interview process. Fleck is the hottest and youngest name in college football after consecutive strong seasons for the Broncos. Chop? Row the boat? Family? Good or bad, continuity and comfort for players comes with this hire. Fleck was on of Schiano’s best Rutgers recruiters, and is just as strong at Western Michigan. All quiet on the Rutgers and Fleck front. Fleck likely stays with Western Michigan for another year.

Name – Dino Babers

Current Spot – Bowling Green head coach

Temperature – Lukewarm

Past Experience – Eastern Illinois Head coach (2012-13), offensive assistant at Baylor, UCLA, Pittsburgh.

The Skinny – Look for an offensive-minded search by the powers that be. Babers is off to a good start at Bowling Green. Rutgers has to explore smaller-school options with so many coaching vacancies for the next up-and-comer. With UCF now filled, Babers becomes an interview candidate for Rutgers and many other regional vacancies. His focus early, however, is on the MAC title game. Syracuse is a hot name here.

Name – Greg Schiano

Current Spot – ESPN contributor

Temperature – Cool

Past Experience – Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach (2012-13), Rutgers head coach (2001-11)

The Skinny – It’s an obvious phone call between the two sides and one that brings strong opinions on a potential reunion. But would Schiano work alongside president Robert Barchi and dysfunction spread throughout the administration? Will Schiano even be available with so many other regional openings? Schiano and Virginia are an interesting match and the long-time Rutgers coach does not appear destined for a reunion in Piscataway unless there is a change.

Name – Ed Warriner

Current Spot – Ohio State Offensive Coordinator

Temperature – Cool

Past Experience – Notre Dame Offensive Line Coach (2010-11), Kansas Offensive Coordinator (2007-09)

The Skinny – reports that Rutgers expressed interest in Tom Herman's replacement at Ohio State. With the amount of interest from Rutgers in Big Ten assistants, it makes sense.

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