The names thrown out that seem the most likely so far to me are:
Charlie Strong: Defensive mind with a good season as HC at Louisville and Florida recruiting ties. I would be surprised if he isn't the first call.
Al Golden: Did an amazing job rebuilding Temple from a team kicked out of the BigEast to a 9 win bowl team. Hasn't won much at NCAA Sanction plagued Miami though. Overall career record will scare many fans. I think he could be good, but after swinging and missing with one longshot HC can we afford another?
Gary Patterson: Was apparently interested way back during Coachin' Search 1, but Hamilton insulted him. Would a new regime respark his interest? how does TCU being a big boy now change his mind? has he already signed a secret deal with Arkansas?
Jon Gruden: I say 5% chance. Would 100 crazy crackpots on VN actually have credible sources that know about secret negotiations that seemingly started in early October? Sure maybe the governor is a VN poster but I doubt it.
Butch Jones: Has done pretty well at Cincinnati, wouldn't be a home run hire but not terrible either
Other Crazy names:
Peterson: not leaving Boise except maybe for USC once the santions are over and Lane is fired
Mora: West coast guy, think he stays at UCLA.
Shaw: would be a down grade for him at this point
Taggart: Has the makings of a good coach, but too soon for this job at this time.
Cutcliffe: Time to quit living in the past, plus I think he likes the low pressure at Duke.
Dykes: If he coached anywhere else I think he might get a look, but not Louisiana Tech.
Edited by Matt, 18 November 2012 - 09:41 PM.