It’s been a few, albeit pivotal, weeks since the first volume was posted. Let’s check and see how things have progressed.
(Once again, at this time I don’t think the order these names reflect any kind of preference from any side)
1. Mike Norvell, Head Coach of the Memphis Tigers
Norvell’s Tigers are sitting at 3-1 overall. The Tigers best win came at home versus a ranked UCLA squad 48-45. The Tigers fell flat in a big game over the weekend against Scott Frost and UCF 40-13. Norvell is still going to get serious consideration from Ole Miss and other schools during the season. I would like to mention, however, that some doubts are creeping into the minds of fans about the Tigers’ defense. Memphis is allowing 36.3 ppg right now and can’t seem to figure things out on that side of the ball.
Do you believe that Norvell’s defensive struggles has more to do with a flawed system or a fault rather than something else. Ole Miss fans are already painfully aware of the defensive struggles over the last 16 games.
2. Neal Brown, Head Coach of the Troy Trojans
Troy toppled the LSU Tigers over the weekend in Baton Rouge, LA at night. It was a program defining win for Brown’s Trojans. Even more impressive, Troy beat LSU on the line of scrimmage. The Trojans rushed for 206 yards on 46 carries and three touchdowns. I’ve been impressed with Brown’s personality. He’s got an edge to him and the Trojans have reflected that. Troy is now 3-1 and could potentially finish 11-1 based upon some projections. If that’s the case, I expect Neal Brown to have no shortage of potential suitors.
3. Frank Wilson, Head Coach of the UTSA Roadrunners
Wilson’s team enjoyed a bye week over the weekend, however, they remain 3-0 as they look to get back on the field this weekend. The Roadrunners defeated Baylor this season and have looked impressive. Wilson is widely regarded as an elite recruiter by any metric. The Roadrunners use a pro-style, multiple offense and have implemented a balanced attack offensively. The impact of Wilson’s recruiting will be felt by whichever university is able to lure him away this fall.
4. Scott Frost, Head Coach of the UCF Knights
Frost is arguably the hottest name available. He’s coached both sides of the ball, which is rare. Frost was the offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks in 2013-2015. He also served as the defensive coordinator for Northern Iowa in 2008. Frost is still young, only 42 years old, and will have no shortage of potential suitors this season. Frost rallied the Knights from 0-12 the year before his arrival to 6-7 last season. This season the Knights are 3-0 and look like a team capable of winning the rest of their games this season.
It’s my opinion that Frost will have enough suitors that Ole Miss would need to basically overpay in order to have a chance. A lot of analysts believe that Frost is destined to coach the Nebraska Cornhuskers next season. Frost was the starting quarterback for the Huskers’ 1997 national championship team.
Others Receiving Consideration: Matt Luke (Interim-HC of Ole Miss Rebels), Jeremy Pruitt (Defensive Coordinator of Alabama Crimson Tide), and Mike Leach (Head Coach of Washington State Cougars).
Stay tuned as the season progresses and more jobs (perhaps the Tennessee Volunteers) come available.