Syracuse Football Head Coach Hot Board 5.0

The latest hot board for the Syracuse football head coach position

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 36-16 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 was originally rumored to be after the UCF job. However, he publicly stated that was not the case. A few days later, Scott Frost took that position. Babers was then linked to the Maryland opening, but they hired DJ Durkin (defensive coordinator at Michigan). The only other school linked to Babers now is Syracuse. As we've seen in the past, that is still far from a sure thing. Our sources indicate an interview/meeting is expected to happen over the weekend. How things go from there will be interesting to monitor. If Syracuse wants Babers, they should try to get him locked down quickly once he interviews.

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. He seems to be on Syracuse's radar, and there have been some behind the scenes conversations from what we hear. If things fall through with Babers, or the interview does not go well, they could try to set something up that is more formal.

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.

The Latest:This is still an off the cuff, outside the box option. But it seems Wheatley would have interest if Syracuse made a push. If Coyle wants to make a splash, Wheatley is a name that would create some buzz. True, he does not have any head coaching or coordinator experience, but he can recruit in the Northeast and has coached at Syracuse in the past. He knows the landscape and how the Orange fits into it. This would be a risky move, but how many other options would have they have if they miss on the optiosn above?

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: Hudspeth seems to be a backup plan at best. He has had NCAA issues in the past, so that makes him an option that may be less appealing. Despite that, he has had success at ULL, so is someone to potentially monitor if this continues to drag.

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.

The Latest: Orgeron is still an emergency candidate it seems. But there are people that really like him as an option. Don't think it'll happen, but Syracuse may be forced to pursue Ed if things really fall apart.

Jeff Tedford | Unemployed | Age 54

 Jeff Tedford

Why he fits: Tedford has extensive head coaching experience as the head man at Cal for about a decade. He was two-time PAC-10 coach of the year. He holds a career 82-57 record as a head coach. He quit his job as a head coach in the CFL in order to enter his name into the college coaching carousel. His name was mentioned as a potential candidate at Boise State when Coyle was conducting the search there to replace Chris Petersen. 

The Latest: There is nothing to suggest Syracuse is actually interested in this option, but if things do fall apart with Babers and other candidates are not interested, they could do worse than a coach with this much experience and success. This is the man that coached Aaron Rodgers in college. The downside is, all of his ties are to the West Coast. A staff with Eastern ties would be important for recruiting.

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