CFB News: Coaching Candidates Who Could Replace Michigan Wolverines Brady Hoke
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With the Michigan Wolverines experiencing their third straight mediocre season under head coach Brady Hoke, the writing is on the wall that they’re going to make a change. Michigan has always been one of the top college football programs in the country, but hasn’t experienced much success since Lloyd Carr. Well, if Hoke can’t get the job done, the Wolverines will find somebody who can.
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Here are the top Michigan Wolverines head coach replacements for Brady Hoke.
Les Miles - Les Miles played for Michigan back in the 70s and was born in Ohio, so he’s a midwest guy at heart. Miles coaching career also started at Michigan as a graduate assistant in the early 80s. Like we saw with Urban Meyer, coaches find the most pleasure when they’re able to coach their home school. Yes, Miles has had great success with LSU and doesn’t need to go out of his way to recruit. However, the Big Ten is a little easier than the SEC West and turning your alma mater around would provide the best joy. While Miles seems comfortable with the Tigers, Michigan would probably be the one school he would strongly consider leaving the Bayou for.
Jim Harbaugh - Another Michigan guy is Jim Harbaugh, who played quarterback for the Wolverines in the 80s. The timing for this possible job really couldn’t be any better, as Michigan is likely looking for a new head coach and Harbaugh’s time seems to be running out with the San Francisco 49ers. Rumors are flying around that the 49ers find it difficult to play for Harbaugh and it’s causing some friction in the lockerroom. Of course, Harbaugh had success in college way before his NFL days, as he helped turn Stanford into a national power. Like Les Miles, Jim Harbaugh is one of the first names the Michigan Wolverines have to call.
Dan Mullen - Like I said in the Florida article, Dan Mullen has done just about everything he can do for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. It’s tough to recruit in Mississippi when you’re competing against LSU, Alabama and the rest of the pack. Michigan can pay Mullen more and recruiting would be a littler easier. Also, Mullen knows just about everything there is to know about Ohio State’s Urban Meyer considering he worked under him at Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Utah and Florida as an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. If the Michigan Wolverines want to find a coach who can beat Ohio State and flip the tables a bit, Mullen would be a perfect hire to get the rivalry back on their side.
Cam Cameron - Crazy enough, Cam Cameron hasn’t spent much time as a head coach besides his short time with the Indiana Hoosiers and the Miami Dolphins. We know Cameron is a brilliant offensive coordinator, but he could have his most success as the head coach of Michigan. Cameron got his coaching start as a graduate assistant with Michigan in the 80s and spent time as a quarterbacks/wide receivers coach, mentoring guys such as Jim Harbaugh, Elvis Grbac and some guy named Desmond Howard. Cameron is a bright offensive mind who could bring great success and help turn around some dreadful offensive numbers. This could be a storybook ending for Michigan, as Cam Cameron gets to finish what he helped started a few decades ago.
Tommy Tuberville - Tommy Tuberville may not be the most attractive name in the world, but he does have 14 winning seasons in his first 18 years of coaching. Keep in mind Tuberville coached some mediocre teams in his day, including a Cincinnati squad that he’s currently 12-7 within a year and a half. Tuberville has had a long line of success as a college football coach and has mentored some of his assistants who have become head coaches, including Bobby Petrino, Will Muschamp and Paul Rhodes. Tommy Tuberville is eager to coach a top program once again and he could be an effective hire if the Wolverines strike out on a bigger name.