|Scott Frost | Oregon offensive coordinator | Age 40|
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.
The Latest: Frost is the clear front runner. If he wants the job, it will be his. This could get done sooner rather than later assuming Frost accepts.
|Mike Sanford | Notre Dame offensive coordinator | Age 33|
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.
The Latest: If things fall apart with Frost, expect Syracuse to make a big push for Sanford. He is highly respected by Coyle, but could it be too late? There are several more positions open now with some linked to Sanford, including Virginia.
|Mark Hudspeth | Louisiana-Lafayette Head Coach | Age 47|
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.
The Latest: Nothing new on this front, but he is a legitimate fallback option. Keep an eye on him if Syracuse can't land Frost and Sanford is looking elsewhere.
|Dino Babers | Bowling Green head coach | Age 54|
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.
The Latest: Babers nearly came off the board over the weekend as he was linked to the Central Florida job. However, he says he has not accepted any other job and is focused on the MAC title game. Babers is an intriguing option with his offensive mind, and a power five offer may be enough to lure him away. That is, if he hasn't taken another job by the time Syracuse gets heavily involved.
|Ed Orgeron | LSU defensive line coach | Age 54|
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.
The Latest: Orgeron had some buzz early in the coaching search. But the longer this goes, the more he seems to be fading as far as a legitimate option. He is still on the list for now, but seems to be the emergency candidate.