Mizzou coaching search: where do we go from here

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Missouri Tiger football fans have been urged to breathe in and breathe out, as time passes without having a new head coach named.  It took 11 days from the end of the 2000 season for Gary Pinkel to get hired, and we’re not even a week out yet at present. But with other schools quickly starting and ending their searches, the faithful are getting antsy.

Our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that as of Wednesday, no one has been offered the job. The Kansas City Star reports that the interview phase is over. Let’s try our best to sort through the list of candidates who we believe have been interviewed and see who fits and who might not.

  • Barry Odom (MU Defensive Coordinator): He’s the only suspected candidate who has no college head coaching experience. Various sources in Memphis believe the head coaching search there is about to move on from Odom, the former defensive coordinator for a season before coming back to MU this past season. This could all end pretty quickly if Mack Rhoades thinks Odom is his guy and doesn’t want to lose him. Players on the Mizzou defense have lobbied for him to get the job, and you have to wonder, if he is, why they haven’t done it yet, especially with recruits left hanging in the wind.
  • Sonny Dykes (California) When this whole process began and we floated a few outside the box candidates, I nearly included Dykes on the list. He has a below .500 career record as a head coach, but his knowledge of the SEC recruiting footprint from his tenure at Louisiana Tech and his offensive background are plusses. He’s the only candidate currently at a Power 5 conference program.
  • Mike Bobo (Colorado State): He only has one year as a head coach under his belt, but his ties as a former QB and offensive coordinator at Georgia would be attractive to a Mizzou program that wants to keep on making recruiting inroads in places like Atlanta.
  • Troy Calhoun (Air Force): It’s hard to see how someone who runs the triple option and has been recruiting a much different style of student-athlete would be a fit at an SEC program.
  • Matt Wells (Utah State): A relative unknown in these parts, his only experience in a program like the size of Missouri’s was as an assistant at Louisville. He’d be the young up-and-comer, but as others have pointed out, is he ready for life in the SEC?
  • Matt Campbell (Toledo): Has already left to take the head coaching job at Iowa State.
  • Matt Rhule (Temple): Unclear if he ever really interviewed, but has given indications he’s staying in Philly.

There have been rumblings of other candidates, but not enough chatter to believe they’ve actually interviewed. Put Bowling Green’s Dino Babers and North Carolina’s Larry Fedora in that group. Incidentally, those two coaches are the only ones tied to the search who still have games to play this weekend. The longer this search goes on, the more you have to think these two are really in play, or that the true target  is someone who hasn’t been leaked yet. Otherwise, you’d have to think Missouri would already have a head coach in place.


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