Back around 1990 or so, I listened to a presentation by Don Canham, at that time the recently retired U-M Athletic Director. Canham is the guy who hired Bo and whose marketing activities filled the Big House. Canham said that he used to keep a list of three coaches he would go after if he suddenly found he had a vacancy he had to fill. The only name he admitted to having on his list was Bobby Ross! At that time Ross had been a successful head coach at Maryland and was on his way to a national title at Georgia Tech. Anyway...if you were Bill Martin and followed Canham's advise, who would be on your list? Here's mine:
Brian Kelly, for all the obvious reasons
Kevin Sumlin at Houston, late an assistant at Oklahoma also with college coaching experience in the Big Ten
Paul Johnson, a success at Navy (!) and currently at Georgia Tech.