The first 24 hours of the coaching search has been full of ups and downs. Here is a look at where things stand with the candidates:
Mark Richt | Georgia Head Coach | Age 55
Why he fits: There are plenty of rumors flying around surrounding Richt's status at Georgia. Although many fans are askig for a chance at Athens, Richt has had plenty of success with the Bulldogs. He has only had one losing season with Georgia, while recording nine ten-win seasons. He is pretty expensive, making four million dollars a year, however, he brings plenty of head coaching experience in a tough conference. He has also been able to put together some of the best recruting classes in the country. According to sources, UVA is very interested in the Georiga Head Coach.
UPDATE 11/30 9 AM: This was trending upwards Sunday morning, and is now trending downwards Monday. There is no doubt UVA is interested, but there are more reports that indicate Richt is not planning to coach anywhere else. This is one is going to be one to watch as there is no doubt he is one of Virginia's top candidates if he chooses to coach again.
UPDATE 11/30 10:35 AM: During his press conference today at UGA, he says he is open to coaching opportunities. According to Doug Samuels from FootballScoop.com, he told media members that he would listen to "anyone who has interest in me in any area or arena." I will change the arrows as soon as I hear anything from UVA.
UPDATE 11/30: 8:30 PM: After his press conference, UVA trended upwards again for Richt, who is open to coaching at another school. On his radio show, Richt says he has heard from five schools already.
UPDATE 12/1 10:30 AM: There has been a lot of talk in regards to Mark Richt and Maryland the last 24 hours, here is what the guys over at Terrapin Times have to say, "I have him [Richt] on the perophery. I have Locksley, Durkin and Reich as the top 3 here."
UPDATE: 12/1 1:00PM: Reports have started to circulate that Miami is talking with him today.
UPDATE 12/1 6PM: ESPN is reporting that he will interview at UVA, according to our source they are trying to work out a day.
UPDATE 12/2: We have confirmed a Newsplex report that Richt is in Charlottesville for an interview. He is with family. He still remains the number one guy and 'Hoos are confident. However, so are the Canes, like I mean VERY confident. So although you hear a lot of noise that Miami was just a courtesy interview, please be wary of those comments.
Jeff Brohm | Western Kentucky Head Coach | Age 44
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.
UPDATE: 8:30 PM: According to a source close to the situation, Brohm is focusing on his title game and has turned down opportunities to interview until after the game. However, from that same source, Brohm is interested in the Virginia job, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cavs get involved.
UPDATE 10:30 AM: If Richt does not happen I can see UVA move on Brohm. He isn't talking to anyone at the moment, as mentioned above, however, his name is gaining some momentum around UVA.
Mike Sanford Jr. | Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator | Age 33
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.
UPDATE :11/30 9 am: Many people I have talked to have said that Sanford is high on their list and could be their guy. According to a source close to Sanford, UVA has not made direct contact, however.
UPDATE: 12/1 10:30 AM: After talking to a few people around Notre Dame, I am moving Sanford a few spots down. Although the noise among the UVA circles remains strong, it doesn't appear Sanford will budge. According to Recruiting Analyst Anna Hickey, he told 2016 quarterback commitment Ian Book of El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge , "he has clarified that he's staying with Notre Dame," Book said. "He said he's definitely not going anywhere. He's really happy at Notre Dame and said he doesn't have any interest in leaving." It's not to say he won't listen to the Cavs, but many believe he will stay with the Irish and use this a way to get his foot in the door when the time does come to move to head coach.
Greg Schiano | TV Analyst | Age 49
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 is interested in the job.
Update: 11/30 9 a.m.: Plenty to update on Schiano. As HooNation reported on Sunday, Schiano is one coach that had shown interest in the UVA job. Now it seems the Cavs are interested as well, however, they are not the only team interested. Rutgers is very confident they have founds its guy, and the former Scarlet Knights coach has also interviewd for the Miami job. I think the Canes are the ones to watch right now for Schiano.
Update 11/30 8:30 PM: Miami is expected to make a decision by Weds. Schiano is on the shortlist.
Update 12/1 10:30 AM: What Miami does will dicrate what happens here. Most people I've talked to down in South Florida are preparing for Butch Davis to be named the new head coach, however, Schiano has gained some traction with the job. There is no doubt if Schiano is not named the head coach at Miami, Virginia would be a school he would want to listen to.
Matt Rhule |Temple Head Coach | Age 40
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.
UPDATE 11/30 9 a.m: According to several reports, Rhule has interviewed for the job in Missouri. However, it is not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination.
UPDATE 12/1: Rhule has withdrawn his name from the Missouri job
Matt Wells |Utah State Head Coach | Age 42
Why he fits: He is an offensive minded coach with a good resume. Wells has taken Utah State to two bowls as head coach and has recorded a 25-15 overall record. He is certainly one UVA has shown interest in.
Mack Brown | TV Analyst | Age 64
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.
UPDATE 11/30 8PM: Brown was never a favorite for the job, but with others trending higher, his stock will continue to go down. Brown will always be interested in Virginia's opening, however, the Cavs have yet to express the same interest. Plenty of other things need to fall through before he is the favorite.
Dan Mullen | Mississippi Head Coach | Age 43
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.
So here are a few names to keep an eye on since we have heard these mentioned before.
As we mentioned a couple of weeks back, Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatolo is seeing some interest from UVA. But he isn't the only one that could make their way onto our hot board soon, Oklahoma Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is another one to watch. Both of them are luke warm right now/cold. But they could pick up steam if some of these other candidates take jobs elsewhere.
UPDATE: Another honroable mention to add on Tuesday, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun. Like Brohm he is preparing for a game this weekend and does not want to talk about his future until after that is over.
UPDATE: I'm also adding Al Golden's Name on here- a little buzz on Weds.