We'll just have to keep waiting.
In the world of coaching searches, today's stories are old by the time they hit your doorstep (that is, for the old-timers who still read the actual paper).
So, here's the story I wrote that is in today's paper: Click here.
And here's the story written this morning by Dawg Nation: Click here.
Butch is the one we know for sure wants this job, and wants it badly, which I think is a good thing.
Also, I know that Greg Schiano flew in to Miami on Saturday night and interviewed some time afterward.
NJ.com had this in an updated story yesterday: "The former Scarlet Knights coach who abruptly left the program in 2012 to take over as head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers is considered one of three favorite choices for the Rutgers job, along with former Miami coach Al Golden and current Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck,according to NJ Advance Media reports."
This is from a NJ.com story posted today:
"The top candidates for the opening appear to be former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, former Miami coach Al Golden, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck and Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal. There's a lot of moving pieces involved because those coaches have also been linked to other vacancies.
Hobbs said he wants to make a hire as quickly as possible, so perhaps Tuesday will bring more clarity to Rutgers' coaching search."
This was from NorthJersey.com story last night:
"There’s a good chance that whoever is the next Rutgers football coach won’t need an orientation period.
That’s because three of the leading candidates have been on past RU staffs, and a fourth, former Miami and Temple coach Al Golden, is a Jersey Shore native who has recruited throughout the state.
Greg Schiano is the most recognizable candidate to Rutgers fans. The Wyckoff native, 49, was 68-67 as the Scarlet Knights head coach, including a 56-33 record in his last seven seasons. He left for the NFL in 2012, but lasted only two seasons (11-21) as Tampa Bay’s coach. He’s been a TV analyst the last two years, but friends say he’s itching to return to coaching."
I'm sure you all noticed the names Al Golden and Mario Cristobal. Remember, Cristobal is still coaching now at Alabama, which has an enormous game to play Saturday.
Schiano coached at Rutgers from 2001 through 2011, compiling a 68-67 overall record and 28-48 record in the Big East Conference.
He had an 11-21 record in the NFL as the Tampa Bay coach in 2012 and 2013.
At UM he was Butch's defensive coordinator in 1999 (9-4) and 2000 (11-1).
In 2000, his defense allowed 15.5 points a game (fifth in nation) and was 34th nationally in total defense, allowing 333.5 points a game. His rush defense was 26th nationally, allowing 112.8 rushing yards a game. Safety Ed Reed (oh, what a gem) was third nationally with eight picks.
As for Mark Richt, if for some reason he doesn't really consider Miami the right fit, I don't think it's because of the Hurricanes football program. Miami has a lot of talent, and Brad Kaaya is any coach's dream, but especially for an offensive mind like Richt. As recently as yesterday Richt indicated he covets coaching quarterbacks and calling plays -- and longs to return to that scenario. I think it would be because maybe this isn't the place he'd like to live and settle down for now. And if it's true, that's OK. He's a decent man and straight-shooter. Maybe he will take some time off. Or maybe he goes to South Carolina. (Some say he doesn't want to return to the SEC, and who can blame him?)
As the coaching carousel turns...
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