UVA Football Coaching Hot Board

For the latest news, rumors and discussion, the HooNation.com hot board will help you stay current with the Cavaliers search for a new head coach. Find out which candidates are trending and which aren't.

Virginia football is hitting the refresh button after Mark Richt's decision to head to Miami. HooNation gives you a quick look at the candidates, but if you want a more detailed look, check out our premium hot board HERE. It has an update on each of the candidates PLUS a couple of new wild card entries.. 

Jeff Brohm | Western Kentucky Head Coach | Age 44

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Short Bio:Another head coach with an offensive background, Brohm started off his career coaching quarterbacks at Louisville in 2003. He served as the offensive coordinator at Louisville in 2008 and at UAB in 2012. In 2013 he took a job at the offensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Western Kentucky, joining Bobby Petrino once again. He was then promoted to head coach after Petrino left for Louisville the following year. 

Why he fits: Brohm plays an up tempo offense and the 'Hoos definitely need some life on that side of that ball. He also understands how to turn around a team, taking his squad bowling in just one and half seasons. 

Matt Rhule |Temple Head Coach | Age 40

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Short Bio: Matt Rhule became the Temple head coach in December 2012. Prior to that he was the offensive line coach at the New York Giants, and he served as the offensive coordinator at Temple under Al Golden from 2008-2010. He also coached the defensive line at the Owls in 2006. 

Why he fits: Rhule will certainly be a popular pick this off season for college programs. The Temple head coach did a great job turning around the program. In his first season the Owls finished 2-10, but fast forward 2 years later and Temple took top-ten team Notre Dame to the wire and is ranked in the top 30. Rhule has shown he can build back a program and has experience coaching quarterbacks and  the offense, which is where the Cavs have struggled in recent years. He has also recruited the East very well, and in recent years the 'Hoos have seen success in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  

Greg Schiano | TV Analyst | Age 49

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Short Bio: Greg Schiano coached Rutgers for ten years from 2001-2011 and then coached one year in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Why he fits: Not a name popular among fans but Schiano does bring plenty of coaching experience, and he is very interested in the opening. During his time as the Scarlet Knights head coach, he was able to turn around the program -going 49-28 in his final six seasons. Unlike many of the other coaches on this list his background isn't offense. Schiano served as Miami's defensive coordinator and is known to be disciplinarian and tough. He has many recruiting ties in the Northeast and in Florida, where no doubt has some of the best talent nationally. He has shown interest in the job. 

Mack Brown | TV Analyst | Age 64

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Short Bio:Mack Brown has turned in his whistle for a microphone recently, however, he is a veteran play caller. Brown not only coached North Carolina for nine years from 1988-1997, he is best known for leading Texas to a national championship during his 15 year tenure. 

Why he fits: The veteran on this list, Brown knows a thing or two about winning. The former Texas head coach finished his career going 158-48 in 16 seasons, winning a national championship and two Big 12 titles. His age, however, is a negative, but according to sources, Brown will be in the plans if they wanted to season a coordinator to take over in a few years. 

Troy Calhoun |Air Force Head Coach | Age 49

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Short Bio:Calhoun is currently the head coach at the Air Force Academy, where he has held that position since 2007. He also coached three years in the NFL, one year in the Houston Texans as an offensive coordinator and two at the Denver Broncos as a defensive assistant.   

Why he fits: Calhoun has had tremendous success and has coached in the NFL. Downside is his offensive style is the triple option. Would the current players on the UVA roster fit that would? How long will it take to make it his team? 

Mike Sanford Jr. | Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator | Age 33

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Short Bio: 2015 is Mike Sanford Jr.'s first year as the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, however, before his move to South Bend, he was the offensive coordinator at Boise State, where he helped the Broncos finish with a 12-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl win. 

Why he fits: A rising star that brings energy and a creative mind. Sanford is a proven recruiter, who understands how to recruit with academics in mind. He not only recruited for Notre Dame, but was the recruiting coordinator at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw. He brought a new fresh look to the Irish offensive this season, and he has seen both sides on how to build a program. It is also no secret that Sanford has a Virginia connection.  His father, Mike Sanford Sr., coached the quarterbacks at VMI, the younger Sanford was actually born in Lexington, Virginia. 

Dan Mullen | Mississippi Head Coach | Age 43

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Short Bio: Mullen has been the head coach at Mississippi State since 2009. However before that, he was an offensive coordinator at Florida and the quarterbacks coach for Utah (during the Utes undefeated 2004 season). Mullen coached Alex Smith, who went on to become the number 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. 

Why he fits: Although Mullen has shown significant interest in the the job at Virginia, it remains to be seen if the Cavs will show interest (until now they have not). Mullen has a very good offensive resume. Not only did he coach Smith, as mentioned earlier, he also coached Chris Leake and Heisman winner Tim Tebow to two national championships at the Swamp. His offense is effective and consistent. He has also been able to recruit well for every school he has coached at-which includes a talent filled Mississippi while competing with other SEC powers. This is a long shot for the Wahoos, but his name has been connected with the team. 



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