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Tony Basilio says he has seen the list and it is very impressive. Who other than Gruden and Butch Davis would be considered "impressive"? Smart, Strong, Cutcliff, Tubs, are all decent choices, but not what I would consider impressive. If not Gruden or Davis, we are likely going to be very disappointed.
Some out of the box guys...
Stoops- Oklahoma ain't happy w/ him
Golden- situation was worse in Miami then here
Fisher- Doesn't get along w/ higher ups @ FSU
Way out in Left Field
Carroll- Maybe he wants back in college
Chip Kelly- Maybe we could pay more then Oregon (unlikely)
Bill O'Brien- Doesn't want to spend anymore time in that hell hole.
I don't believe Basilio either but these could be "high profile" guys he was talking about if in fact it were true
Basilio also said people should stop feeding the rumor mill while still claiming he's seen a list. He seems to be incapable of following his own advice.
Homerun: Gruden, Peterson
Good to Great: Mullen, Strong, Tubbs
Golden-Miami was not worse than here. Plus they have a built in recruiting advantage.
Chip Kelly-Pilot/Flying J vs. Nike? No contest
For the guys who wanted a homerun hire like Gruden I agree a homerun hire is necessary or you set back our rebuild three years at least.
Butch Davis isn't remotely in the "impressive" category, IMO, but even if he were, we simply cannot hire a guy in that much NCAA trouble, when we're not completely off the poop list ourselves. When you've had any big issues with the NCAA at all in any revenue producing sport in the last decade, you don't hire coaches with past NCAA issues (other than immediately and honestly reported secondary violations) at all, period.
Just the way it is. JMO, but I don't consider a single candidade who is remotely possible to be in the same category with Gruden. I've said it for weeks: barring a complete collapse down the stretch, if we don't have Gruden in the bag, we keep Dooley.
However, rather than any of the "alternates" mentioned, I'd rather have Jack Del Rio. Lovie is successful right now, and in any event, isn't a fiery guy. Strong wasn't smart enough to know the rule on the muff/touchback the other night. Peterson is reportedly a scientologist, and while most people on this forum probably don't care about that, most of the bigwigs would. Plus, the NCAA is sniffing around Boise St. right now, too.
Maybe it's just the fans, but I'm ready for a yeller and screamer who demands perfection. Hugs aren't working with this generation. Apparently, scaring them half to death does: See, for e.g., Muschamp, Saban, Kelly the curser, and on Saturday, UGA's DC. I'm convinced Saban's team thinks he'll personally have them flogged if they screw up. Maybe a psycho is what we need.
"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
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