Fascinating to watch the speculation, with all the ups and downs, in the search for a new University of Louisville football coach to replace Charlie Strong. The only person who really knows how the search is going is Tom Jurich, and he’s not saying anything until the deal is done.
In all probability, Jurich had made a choice before returning to Louisville over the week to address the team. About now, Jurich and Kevin Miller, his senior associate athletic director, are putting the finishing touches on the contract.
So many hot lists out there ranking the candidates. Here’s a short one of people who may have received a telephone call or a courtesy interview but won’t be getting the nod:
Bobby Petrino — The former UofL coach would be a PR disaster for Tom Jurich who has worked so hard to build an image of the program as first class in every respect. Rehiring Petrino after the way he has treated administrators, players and fans here and elsewhere would not be in the program’s best interests. The school’s image doesn’t need the hit that hiring Petrino would bring with it.
Rich Rodriguez — He hasn’t done all that well at Arizona even though he has had some top 15 recruiting classes. He left West Virginia under bad terms after leaving there for Michigan where lasted three seasons. He’s not an up and coming coach or even a proven consistent winner despite claiming a couple of BCS bowl wins.
Vance Bedford — While he’s a motivator and a fan favorite, the current UofL defensive coordinator lacks the air of gravitas that commands respect like his former boss. Going into the ACC, this program needs someone with a track record not on-the-job training.
Shawn Watson — Whether it was him, as the offensive coordinator, or Charlie Strong dictating the terms, the UofL offense was simply too boring this season, causing some die hard fans to fight drowsiness even during key games. Enough of that.