Syracuse football head coaching hot board 2.0

The latest hot board for the Syracuse football head coach position includes some moving up and down the board, some off of the board and a new name to monitor.

Scott Frost | Oregon offensive coordinator | Age 40 

Scott Frost

Why he fits: If you want high octane offense, Oregon is the place to go. Frost has been in that system for some time and is one of the nation's hottest assistants. Athletic Director Mark Coyle interviewed him for the Boise State job, so he is clearly on Coyle's radar. Frost does not have the recruiting ties in the Northeast or in the South that other candidates have, but his name and system should correct that somewhat quickly. He can sell prospects on playing in an Oregon style offense on the fast track of the Carrier Dome. Frost has no head coaching experience, but many feel he is ready to make that transition.

Ed Orgeron | LSU defensive line coach | Age 54 

Ed Orgeron

Why he fits: Orgeron was not successful during his run as the Ole Miss head coach, but he sure recruited well. Then, as interim head coach at USC, he went 6-2 down the stretch of the season. Players wanted him as the permanent replacement. Orgeron is a players' coach who has always been able to recruit. He coached at Syracuse from 1995-97 as the defensive line coach, so he has a connection to the program. He has ties to the Northeast and in the South. Orgeron is a name that would receive national recognition, would galvanize the fan base and would be strong on the recruiting front. He also comes with significant head coaching experience, something that may be important for new AD Mark Coyle.

Mike Sanford | Notre Dame offensive coordinator | Age 33 

Mike Sanford

Why he fits: Sanford is a rising star in the coaching world. He is young, energetic and is considered a creative offensive mind. His father is a long time head coach, so it is in his blood. He has also been a recruiting coordinator when he was at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw. In addition, he was the offensive coordinator for Boise State during the 2014 season that was capped with a Fiesta Bowl win. That was AD Mark Coyle's last football season at Boise. There is a connection there and Sanford is highly thought of by Coyle because of that. His experience as a recruiting coordinator while helping to build up a program would also serve him well at Syracuse.

Mark Hudspeth | Louisiana-Lafayette Head Coach | Age 47 

Mark Hudspeth

Why he fits: Hudspeth has extensive head coaching experience at division two North Alabama and FBS Louisiana-Lafayette. He has compiled a combined 97-43 record, turning both programs around. North Alabama was 4-7 in year one, then hit double digit wins in five of the six seasons. At Louisiana-Lafayette, he had three straight nine win seasons until this year where he sits at 4-6. He also was an assistant at Mississippi State under current head coach Dan Mullen. He has recruiting ties to the east coast, specifically in the south. Hudspeth is considered a solid offensive mind.

Lincoln Riley | Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator | Age 32

Lincoln Riley

Why he fits: Riley has had a lot of success as an offensive coordinator at both East Carolina and Oklahoma this season. He has guided the Sooners to one of the top offenses in college football after a very productive five year stint with the Pirates. Because of his time with East Carolina, he has experience recruiting in the east. Riley is considered a young, innovative offensive mind. That should create some buzz among the fan base. In 2014, the Oklahoma offense ranked 24th in the country. In 2015, with Riley running the show, the Sooners' offense was ranked 6th nationally entering week 12. They improved by 10 points and 80 yards per game.

P.J. Fleck | Western Michigan head coach | Age 34 

P.J. Fleck

Why he fits: Fleck is a young, energetic coach who will absolutely win the introductory press conference. But beyond that, he is a good football mind and a rising star in the coaching world. Fleck has a reputation as an innovative offensive mind and a move to the power five ranks is a matter of when not if. His Broncos team is averaging nearly 37 points per game and over 485 yards of total offense per game in 2015. That type of offensive prowess would not only serve him well on the turf in the Carrier Dome, but excite the fan base and help improve attendance assuming it translates. Fleck also has recruited well in the Midwest, and his youthful personality would be something recruits could relate to.

Matt Rhule | Temple head coach | Age 40 

Mark Rhule

Why he fits: Rhule has done a great job turning Temple around and building them into a program that was and deserved to be ranked. They took Notre Dame down to the wire and nearly pulled a big upset. The Owls are a disciplined, physical football team, and that starts with Rhule. When Rhule took over, Temple was coming off of a 4-7 season. He was offensive coordinator under Al Golden there, but left for a season to go to the NFL. The Temple program struggled without Golden and Rhule. He built them back, which is something he will ahve to do at Syracuse, though there is talent to work with. Rhule also has significant Northeast recruiting ties, specifically in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.

Greg Schiano | TV analyst | Age 49 

Greg Schiano

Why he fits: Schiano is a name that causes angst among most Syracuse football fans. But he actually would be a good hire for a number of reasons. Schiano has significant head coaching experience and has turned around a program with less historical tradition than Syracuse from his time at Rutgers. That also means significant Northeast recruiting ties, specifically in New Jersey and New York. From his time at Miami as well as Rutgers, he has also recruited Florida well. Not to mention, Schiano still has name recognition. It would create a buzz. His hire actually makes a lot of sense in a number of ways. Most Syracuse fans would sign up for a new coach with recruiting ties to the key areas they recruit, winning head coaching experience and experience building up a program. That's what Greg Schiano brings to the table.

Dino Babers | Bowling Green head coach | Age 54 

 Dino Babers

Why he fits: Babers has done a fantastic job at Bowling Green, and has them sitting at 8-2 this year. They have two wins over Big Ten teams in Purdue and Maryland. While neither are great this season, it is always impressive when a non power five school can beat multiple power five teams in a single season. It took Babers a while to get his first head coaching gig, but he has coached in the East, South, Midwest and West Coast. Babers has a 35-15 head coaching record overall. The Falcons are averaging over 45 points and 580 yards of offense per game. Those are some gaudy numbers.


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