Has anyone even mentioned Corwin Brown? I know he's never been a HC and I understand that Michigan wants to hire a HC but there must come a place on Brandon's list where a coordinator should be ranked higher than the next HC available. Brown can recruit the midwest, he was a good coordinator at ND, he's a "Michigan man", and he' a defensive coach!
Skipping Gus Malzahn, who I don't think Michigan is interested in because he reminds everyone of Rich Rod but without HC experience (offensive guru, spread option run scheme, and no midwest ties) I decided to look at some more coordinators that I think should be considered (not
Major Applewhite: Currently the assistant head coach at Texas. Was the OC for Alabama in 2007. He's only 32 and is beloved in Texas from his playing days (1998-2001). Could easily recruit Texas and Louisiana. However, he has no defensive ties and has no connection to Michigan.
Kirby Smart: The DC at Alabama since 2007. Defense constantly top 10 in rankings. He's just 35 and has played and coached around most of the south. However, he's connected to all the SEC cheap tricks with grayshirting.
Corwin Brown: The current patriots defensive coordinator (and boy has that secondary improved this year). Former Michigan player and ND defensive coordinator. He's just 40 and he'd be the only minority Head Coach in the Big 10. Was an amazing recruiter at ND and was previously a special teams coach from 2001 to 2003! Maybe he could also coach special teams?
Brian Schottenheimer: The 37 year old OC of the Jets. Has coached in college in 1999 (Syracuse) and USC (2000). Has been with the Jets since 2006. He's a future HC in the NFL it's just a question of when. However, he has zero defensive experience and he has no midwest ties.
Ron Rivera: The 49 year old DC coordinator of the #1 defense in the NFL. He was the first player with Mexican heritage to play in the NFL. He has midwestern ties from his playing career in Chicago (1984-1992), his coaching career in Chicago (97-98, 04-06) and coaching in Philly (99-03). He has switched from coaching a 4-3 Tampa Two at Chicago to a 3-4 in SD because of the personel, showing he can adapt to his players.
I don't get why Ron Rivera and Corwin Brown aren't ranked ahead of Peterson (every Boise coach has sucked since they left Boise) or Hoke (he might be good but has never proved it in a real conference) or Fitzgerald who 1) won't leave NW, 2) had the same Big 10 record as we did this year (3-5). Plus Brown and Rivera can both coach defenses!