The college football coaching carousel is getting set to start up again, probably in a big way if the University of Texas is able to lure Nick Saban away from Alabama. If the Crimson Tide feels threatened, no program is immune from the poaching.
One sure bet is that Bobby Petrino, currently at Western Kentucky University, is surveying the landscape, anticipating a quick exit from Bowling Green. One year may not be penitence enough for Bobby, but some big name program won’t be able to restrain its ambitions. If winning is the ultimate objective, that offer could come from anywhere.
The University of Cincinnati, which seems to lose its head coach every other year, may be safe this time around. Or maybe not, with Tommy Tuberville possibly interested in returning to the Southeastern Conference. Too bad for Kentucky which hired someone else a year too early. He might have been a good fit in Lexington.
Charlie Strong’s name will appear on a couple of short lists but those are wish lists, not to be taken seriously. Strong is already one of the top 10 highest paid coaches in the country. His boss Tom Jurich has taken some other precautionary steps to encourage his coach’s continued loyalty, including keeping Clint Hurtt on staff and commissioning a feasibility study on stadium expansion.
Jurich himself rejected overtures from Texas for the athletic director’s post, which many would consider one of the top jobs in the country. Texas fans certainly think so. But there are too many bosses and second-guessers in Texas for anyone to ever satisfy many of them when it comes to football. We suspect Charlie Strong would make a similar decision if Texas were to start looking this way.