October 3, 2013
Coaching Search Hot Board
With the dismissal of Paul Pasqualoni from the UConn football program, the search will begin for a new leader of the program. Now it's up to athletic director Warde Manuel to pick the man who will be tasked with getting the football program back on track.
ESPN Analyst, former coach of the Cleveland Browns
WHY MANGINI: Golden turned Temple into a consistent winner, which some people thought was an impossible task. With next-to-zero fan support, poor facilities, and no on-campus stadium, Golden brought Temple to a bowl game in his 4th season. It was Temple's 1st bowl appearance in 20 years. Golden spent three years on the BC staff under TOB, so he has history with the program. Many people expect harsh sanctions to come down on Miami within the next few months coming out of Evan Shapiro's sanctions last year. Does Golden want to put up with reduced scholarships and other penalties at a school that doesn't accept excuses?
WHY NOT GOLDEN: Even with sanctions probably coming, Miami is still Miami. Golden is the head of a sleeping giant program and his desire to bring Miami back to its golden years might be too strong.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: There's no doubt about Golden being a winner and we think he could come in and have great success at Boston College. It is tough to find a candidate that is a better fit than Golden.
Offensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
WHY ROMAN: When it comes to pro-style offenses there aren't many coaches that run it with more success than Roman does. At both Stanford and San Francisco, Roman's offenses have annually been tops in the league in scoring, rushing, and time of possession Roman is known for using sophisticated blocking schemes and has a vast knowledge of the running game which are huge challenges for opposing coaches to prepare for. The fact that Roman has a sophisticated blocking attack could work well at BC, and it's probably one of the few colleges that he could actually implement it at. As for as coaches are measured, Roman is extremely entertaining when speaking to the media. He comes off as a very likeable and funny guy and isn't afraid to talk X's and O's either. That aspect of him is a huge bonus for BC, as the school really needs a coach that the media actually wants to interview. From all indications Roman is well liked by players and a coach that they love playing for.
WHY NOT ROMAN: There are some that have argued that Roman has been lucky to work alongside Jim Harbaugh and question how much of his success is due to that. That is a tough factor to measure, but it is one of negatives on him.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: There are many under the belief that for BC to have the optimal amount of success as a program it needs to run a pro-style offense with a dominating offensive line, strong running back, and a smart quarterback who is an accurate passer. Roman might be the best candidate available that could flourish with that style.
Pete Carmichael Jr.
Offensive Coordinator, New Orleans Saints
WHY CARMICHAEL: Carmichael is a Massachusetts native and has been a member of the Saints staff since 2006, where he has worked with one of the best offensive minds in all of football, Sean Payton. In 2009, Carmichael was promoted to offensive coordinator when then OC, Doug Marrone, was hired to coach at Syracuse. With Payton suspended this season Carmichael has been in charge of the New Orleans offense and they haven't missed a beat. The Saints have remained a top 5 offense in terms of scoring, passing, and total offense. Carmichael has ties to BC, as he is a 1993 graduate of the school. Of course his father, Pete Carmichael Sr., was a longtime assistant at the Heights as well. Carmichael meets with the media each week as the OC and can hold his own in press conferences. Although his answers are fairly straight forward and usually coach speak he doesn't come off as an unlikeable guy.
WHY NOT CARMICHAEL: If Carmichael sticks out the season and helps lead the Saints to a miraculous playoff run there's no telling how hot of a candidate he could become for a NFL coaching job, so there might be hesitation on his end. The concern from a BC perspective is that Carmichael has not spent any time coaching at the BCS level, so his experience with recruiting is limited. He would need to bring in a strong recruiting staff.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: In this day and age of college football many people feel that the head coach should come from the offensive side of the ball rather than the defensive side of the ball and Carmichael fits the bill. The fact that Carmichael's family resides in MA hints that he could be the rare combination of a hot coaching prospect that would want to stay at BC long term.
Defensive Coordinator/ Assistant Head Coach, University of Notre Dame
WHY DIACO: (Updated 12/4) As reported by EA on 12/2, Diaco has interviewed for the job and appears to be one of the lead candidates. Diaco has formed Notre Dame into the number one scoring defense in the country. This isn't the first year that the 'Irish defense has been good though. Last year, Diaco led the 24th ranked scoring defense in the country as ND held 12-of-13 opponents below their season scoring average.
WHY NOT DIACO: It's tough finding a lot bad about Diaco. The one thing you can find is that some inside the industry will tell you that he is a bit of a hothead and difficult to get along with. It should be noted that Brian Kelly took him along from Central Michigan, to Cincinnati, to Notre Dame though.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: If you are looking for a defensive minded coach then Diaco might be the best candidate on the board. Does BC want to go with a defensive coach again though?
Defensive Coordinator, Michigan State
WHY NARDUZZI: Narduzzi is currently the most highly respected coach that Brad Bates worked with from his time at Miami of Ohio. Narduzzi was the DC at Miami for one season before becoming the Cincinnati DC and eventually the Michigan State DC. This season despite being 5-6, MSU has a stout defense ranking 7th nationally in total defense and 10th in scoring defense. Last season the Spartans finished 3rd nationally in total defense and 5th in scoring defense, so it's not like this season was a fluke.
WHY NOT NARDUZZI: Some naysayers point to the fact that Narduzzi's defenses were awful when he first arrived at MSU. If you take a closer look though, Narduzzi's defense gradually improved each year he was in East Lansing. Getting better from year-to-year is definitely something BC fans aren't used to lately. From Narduzzi's point of view, he might have some better offers than BC.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: Narudzzi is another coach with local ties who would welcome the opportunity to come home. Narudzzi was born in New Haven, CT and coached and played at URI. The question would be whether or not BC wants another defensive minded coach.
Head Coach, Cincinnati
WHY JONES: We are hearing that Jones is one of the top 2 or 3 targets that BC has. Jones has turned the Bearcats into a contender every year in the Big East.
WHY NOT JONES: (UPDATED 12/4) Jones appears ready to decide between Purdue, Colorado, or Cincinnati on Tuesday.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: Jones seems like the front runner in the Purdue job, and even the Colorado job.
Head Coach, Kent State
WHY HAZELL: Hazell is winning at Kent State which many people thought was impossible. Strapped with one of the lowest operating budgets in the country Hazell has lead Kent State to an amazing one loss season this year after going 5-7 last year. Before arriving at Kent, Hazell coached at Ohio State for 6 years where he was a wide receivers coach and also the assistant head coach. In terms of recruiting, Hazell has done it all. He has worked at places where it is difficult to recruit like Army, Western Michigan, and of course Kent State. He has also had success recruiting at the highest of level like at Ohio State, where he was the main recruiter for a number of five star recruits.
WHY NOT HAZELL: Most likely the BC administration will frown on the fact that Hazell was the assistant head coach at Ohio State during the time that the scandal happened there. Hazell wasn't directly named as being part of it, but the fact that he was Jim Tressel's first lieutenant might not rub people the right way at the Heights.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: Hazell has coached at all types of programs in his career and has had success recruiting on the biggest stages and also the smallest of stages. Now he has added an improbable double digit win season at Kent State on his resume. Is Hazell a future star in the making or someone who caught lightning in a bottle at Kent State? At the very least Hazell appears to be a coach who could turn around BC's recruiting in a hurry.
Offensive Coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WHY SULLIVAN: Sullivan is in his first year as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator. Sullivan has helped transform the Tampa offense from one of the worst in the NFL to one of the best. The Buccaneers have a top 10 rushing offense (last year #30), and a top 15 passing offense (last year #16). Prior to Tampa, Sullivan spent 8 years coaching under Tom Coughlin with the New York Giants.
WHY NOT SULLIVAN: Like Greg Roman, one thing that might make hiring Sullivan difficult is that he's in the thick of the NFL playoff hunt with the Buccaneers. Either he would have to quit in-season or the Eagles would have to wait until January for their head coach. Also, it has been 10+ years since Sullivan has been in the college game, so that is a little bit of a concern on the recruiting trail.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: There's no doubt that Brad Bates will ask for input from some of the most successful people in BC's history. The fact that Coughlin took Sullivan from Jacksonville to New York with him implies that he thinks highly of the coach and would surely give him a seal of approval.
Head Coach, Ball State
WHY LEMBO: Lembo has won wherever he has been and that's saying a lot considering he coached at Leigh, Elon, and Ball State. In 12 years as a head coach, Lembo has compiled a 94-45 record. Lembo is known as an offensive mastermind and is known for having very creative offenses. Ball State is 2nd in the MAC in scoring offense and total offense this year.
WHY NOT LEMBO: Some critics have pointed to the fact that at Leigh and Elon the programs went downhill the longer Lembo was there. Also, he has no experience recruiting at the FBS level.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: While Lembo's programs have statistically lost steam in the win-loss column while he has been there it's important to note that "losing steam" was going from 11-1 to 8-3 and 9-3 to 6-5. Also, it is incredibly tough to keep FCS schools on the winning track for multiple years, which Lembo did 5 years in a row at Leigh and 4 in a row at Elon.
Head Coach, Old Dominion
WHY WILDER: If you are looking for a coach who rebuilds programs, Wilder could be your guy. The former Maine OC took over a non-existent football program at Old Dominion, and in its 3rd year of existence went to the FCS playoffs. Wilder is an offensive specialist, and this year his team ranks 1st in total offense, and 2nd in scoring and passing offense. Wilder runs a West Virginia/Houston style spread offense that annually ranks as a top 20 offense in the country. In terms of "off the field" characteristics, Wilder is a home run. The coach is very visible in the community and is known to work tirelessly to promote the ODU program. Wilder is an engaging speaker and someone that could communicate to both fans, media and recruits. Also, Wilder is a Maine native so taking the job at BC would be a homecoming for him.
WHY NOT WILDER: Wilder has never coached at the FBS level, so Bates would be taking a leap of faith that Wilder could make the jump in recruiting ACC-level talent. According to people who are familiar with him on and off the field this wouldn't be a problem because he brings so much excitement around with him, but his lack of FBS experience still has to be taken into account.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS:
Wilder is an extremely interesting candidate and would instantly add excitement to the program. By the way, Old Dominion is sponsored by Under Armor, so that relationship is already there.
Running Backs Coach, Miami Dolphins
WHY TURNER: Turner is a BC guy and a New England guy through and through. In the 80's Turner played fullback at the Heights under Jack Bicknell. After a brief stint playing in Europe, Turner made coaching stops at Braintree High, Northeastern, and Harvard among others before landing on the BC staff in 2007. Turner resigned after one year at the Heights because of creative differences with Coach Jags. Some people say that the BC offensive line has never been the same since Turner left.
WHY NOT TURNER:
In Turner's almost 20 years of coaching experience he has almost always been an offensive line coach and has never been an offensive coordinator, nevermind a head coach.
EA'S QUICK ANALYSIS: It seems like Turner's lack of head coaching and coordinator experience could hurt him in his competition for the BC job. Still, we have heard from more than one person Turner is a legitimate candidate.
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