Might mean nothing, but Golden's brother started following a bunch of PSU related stuff on twitter.
I don't think Shalala would ignore Butch Davis' troubles at North Carolina. Schiano would restore toughness, which is badly needed. He's not ideal with the media, or as a spokesman for a university in general.
Chudzinski probably makes the most sense from a football and PR standpoint. I want someone who will maintain the pro style heritage.
A largely untapped category is former pro head coaches who had some success in the job but lost favor and were let go. For decades I've believed those guys should try the college ranks but not many do so. Pete Carroll and Jim Mora. Jr. are examples of ones who have succeeded. It was a major mistake for Steve Mariucci not to seek a college job, IMO. He has the perfect personality for it. I'm not sure who would fit right now. I can think of Ken Whisenhunt but everything points to him getting another pro job, perhaps with the Lions.
I'd like to think Donna can look past that and remember the clean reputation he had at the University of Miami. He dealt with worse NCAA scrutiny than Al Golden could even dream of. "Why the University of Miami should drop football." He completely rebuilt Miami's reputation during our darkest days. Academics was taken seriously for perhaps the first time under Butch. The guy is a class act with integrity. Exactly what Shalala seems to want in a coach, and unlike the last few coaches we've had who also fit that mantra, the guy is a great coach. Easily the best talent evaluator I've ever seen and probably the best recruiter too.
He's already said recently he would be interested if the Miami job opened up, and has said in the past that leaving Miami was one of the worst decisions he ever made. So obviously if Miami came calling he'd love to come back. And he'd likely be here for a long time offering stability we haven't seen much in Miami. At his age, and having battled cancer, he has no desire to job hop. This would likely be his last stop in the same way I feel it's Jim Larranaga's last stop for the basketball program.
If Shalala has any interest at all in having a successful football team, Butch Davis needs to be the first phone call made.
As for the Miami job. The names I've head are Chud, Mario Cristobal, Curtis Johnson, and Schiano
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I'll bet anything that the Canes can be back national WAY before Penn State..and I think Miami will average for awhile,just Penn State stinks to high heaven.
Golden is staying!
"I am NOT:1. having or showing a merry, lively mood | 2. bright or showy | 3. given to or abounding in social or other pleasures"
At this point, I've already moved on to Chud. (fingers crossed)