--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
In case you haven’t heard- the Louisville Cardinals fired head coach Bobby Petrino last week. The move opened a torrent of speculation about who the next football coach will be.
Last week, River City Cards gave our top five potential coaching candidates. While this list doesn’t include every name on the rumor mill, and is more than likely wrong; it gives a few takes.
Here’s an update on our top five:
5- Les Miles, out of the running
Miles would have been a stretch to hire in the first place. He had won a national championship, two SEC titles, and 3 SEC West championships.
A guy with that hardware would have taken a brinks truck to hire. And Kansas swept Miles off the board on Sunday. Miles even took a pay cut to coach the Jayhawks. He will make just $2.75 million per season; which is roughly $2 million less than he made at LSU.
4- Ryan Day, even stock
Day, the offensive coordinator of Ohio State; led the high-power Buckeyes offense to a 52-point attack in overtime on Saturday. It was against Maryland; a team that shouldn’t have taken the game to overtime.
The Buckeyes were forced to claw from behind, after being down 17-3 after the first quarter. Ohio State made up the deficit by scoring seven more points in the second and fourth quarters.
Ohio State’s defense is the one to blame for the grueling bout. While Maryland doesn’t have a terrible offense, and scores 30.8 points per game; Ohio State gives up just 24 points.
And much like the 49-20 loss to Purdue, the defense is mostly at fault. Day did his job.
3- Matt Campbell, stock down
The Iowa State head coach and the cyclones travelled to Austin on Saturday; and lost to Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns, 24-10.
While the defense did its job, the offense was non-existent. Texas doesn’t have the best defense in the league- the Longhorns surrender nearly 26 points per game and more than 42 percent of third-down tries to convert. The Cyclones had to settle for a field goal, and extra point.
If Iowa State was to win, it would have shot Campbell’s stock up significantly. Campbell does still have a signature win against then- No. 12 West Virginia; which should get him some looks from Louisville or other larger programs;
But the Texas loss may sway open jobs in other directions.
2- Mike Leach, even stock
Leach led the Washington State Cougars to a 69-28 rout of Arizona. The Cougars had 482 yards through the air, and only committed three penalties for the entire game.
Washington State is still No. 8 in the college football playoff rankings. They take on Washington in the Apple Cup on Friday. Washington is ranked 18th, and were in the college football playoff two years ago.
The only negative with Leach was off-the field. Leach tweeted a fake video of former President Barack Obama in June. The tweet cost the school roughly $1.6 million in gifts to the university.
Leach made a mistake, and that could have very minimum impact on his hire. If Jeff Brohm turns down the job; Leach may be the No. 2 selection.
1-Jeff Brohm, stock down?
ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich tweeted about Louisville again last week. He said that Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm will take over the head coaching job at Louisville; and will be announced as the head coach on November 26th.
Brohm shot down the rumors. He said they were completely false.
What Brohm said was to be expected. He still has one game left, and is focusing on beating Indiana to become bowl eligible.
Whether or not Dakich has information; anyone could predict Brohm heading to Louisville. Brohm is the top choice for head coach. The job will most likely be Jeff Brohm’s, unless he turns it down.
After Purdue’s season ends, Brohm’s message may change. Or he may opt to remain in West Lafayette.