Well the U has let go of Larry Coker as head coach. I'm anxious to find out who will lead the football team for the next several years. I think whoever becomes the new general at the U will have a tremendous opportunity and may even compete for an ACC championship right away with 19 returning starters next season. Here is my list of potential coaches in preferential order:
1. Greg Schiano - head coach at the resurrected Rutgers University. Pros: He is the the former defensive coordinator at the U. Successful head coach, great recruiter, motivator, strong personality. My choice, hopefully he is drawn back down here. Cons: he is a hero in New Jersey. Coaching in the nations largest market with a great fan base. No reason to leave RU except to lead a team to the National Championship.
2. Rob Chudzinski - Tight Ends Coach for the San Diego Chargers. Pros: Chud is the former offensive coordinator for the 'Canes. He ran the offensive when the U was putting up massive numbers. Very successful as a coach in the NFL. I think that he would be a tremendous leader and face for the program. Could help lead an anemic offence. Cons: It's hard to bring a guy form the pros to the collegiate level and no head coaching experience.
3. Randy Shannon - Defensive Coordinator for UM. Pros: has a great report with players. He is hard nosed and has been the leader of the only upside from the program. Would bring a strong presence to the locker room; well know in the community. Very capable head coach. Cons: has never been a head coach; part of the previous regime.
4. Others - Barry Alvarez (former head coach, Wisconsin), Jim Grobe (head coach, Wake Forest), Gary Patterson (head coach, Texas Christian), Dennis Erickson (head coach, Idaho)