Head Coach Hot Board 4.1

The latest hot board for the Syracuse football head coach position

Chris Ash | Ohio State co-defensive coordinator | Age 41 

Chris Ash

Why he fits: Ash has extensive experience as a defensive coach in power five conferences including Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa State. He has been a part of successful programs and has always had a strong desire to be a head coach. At age 41, he is old enough to have some experience but young enough to still have that youthful energy and enthusiasm. Ohio State and Wisconsin both recruit the east coast well, so he should have those type of connections to the area. Has national championship pedigree from the 2014 season with the Buckeyes. Ash is also a Drake alum, just like Mark Coyle.

The Latest: Ash is the new name that has emerged and we are told could get an interview sooner rather than later. With Frost reportedly taking the job at UCF, he could become the leading candidate.

Phil Montgomery | Tulsa Head Coach | Age 43 

Phil Montgomery

Why he fits: Montgomery is the former Baylor offensive coordinator who has extensive experience with high powered offenses under coach Art Briles. He is also a former high school head coach and assistant at Houston. Montgomery took over a struggling Tulsa program that went 2-10 the year before his arrival. He took that team to a 6-6 record and bowl eligibility in 2015, so he has experience getting immediate results trying to turn around a program. Tulsa averaged nearly 36 points per game this season. At just 43 years old, Montgomery is also young and energetic. He will get a power five job at some point. It is a matter of when not if.

The Latest: Montgomery is a name being floated out there as a secondary possibility. No interviews have been scheduled as of yet, but given the Frost situation, he could be a name to watch. At a minimum, he is on Syracuse's radar. The concern is that his recruiting base is largely in Texas, an area Syracuse does not target often. 

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.

The Latest: Babers nearly came off the board over the weekend as he was linked to the Central Florida job. However, Frost has taken that position as it was reported Tuesday morning. That means Babers is still available, and he has interviewed for other jobs so is clearly open to a move.

Tyrone Wheatley | Michigan running backs coach | Age 43 

 Tyrone Wheatley

Why he fits: Wheatley still has name recognition, is a young coach with a lot of youthful enthusiasm that recruits relate to. Wheatley has cache as a college great, strong NFL player and someone who understands what it's like for young football players. He has recruited in the Northeast during multiple career stops. He coached at Syracuse under Doug Marrone and is familiar with the program, the area and the landscape of where the Orange currently stand. His ability to keep ties in New Jersey would be ideal from a recruiting standpoint. Wheatley has no experience as a coordinator or head coach, but the coordinators that were being looked at also had no head coaching experience. With Frost off the board, if Syracuse still wants to make a splash, Wheatley would be a great option.

The Latest: It remains to be seen if Syracuse has interest on this front, but it is something to watch.

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.

The Latest: Nothing new on this front, but he is a legitimate fallback option. Keep an eye on him if Syracuse can't land other options.

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.

The Latest: According to a report by Ryan Bass at CBS Sports, Frost is set to take the head coaching job at Central Florida. 

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