The Dawg House
  Two more head coaches in college football have lost their jobs since my last blog. I'll start with the story that I guarantee almost no one has heard. UL-Monroe officials announced that head coach Charlie Weatherbie would not return for his 8th season as Warhawks head coach. Weatherbie, who also spent time as Utah State and Navy's head coach, was 31-51 in his time at UL-Monroe. His overall record as head coach is an abysmal 76-115.

  Now on to the major head coaching change that happened this week. It was announced yesterday that Mangino would resign as Kansas head coach after a 5-7 season full of controversy. While the Jayhawks lost 7 in a row to end the season, Mangino's coaching style can into question. Former and current players questioned Coach Mangino's way of trying to motivate players. One former player, Jocques Crawford, who transferred to Tennessee Tech this summer, said Mangino "stereotyped" players who were from the inner city, saying things like "'You're not back home with the homies in the hood". It really is a shame to see that Mangino ruined his chance to keep this Kansas program in a state it had never been before. However, he didn't respect those around him enough, and it ended up with him resigning. Don't worry, he won't be hurting financially. Well, as long as he lays off the Big Macs. Now here's my list of candidates for each of these coaching positions.


Ed Orgeron, Tennessee Defensive Line Coach -
I think that Orgeron still wants to prove himself as a head coach after his forgettable tenure as Ole Miss head coach (10-25 in three seasons). A position in a non-BCS school, like at UL-Monroe, would probably be the best fit. He could recruit at UL-Monroe with his ties to the state and his ties to many successful national football programs (Miami Hurricanes in the 90s and USC in the early 2000s.) Although UL-Monroe is really nobody's dream job, it could pan out to help Ed Orgeron get another big head coaching job.

Gary Crowton, LSU OC - Crowton has experience as a head coach, going 47-36 in stints at Louisiana Tech and BYU. LSU only failed to put up less than 15 points only once this season, in a 3-13 loss to Florida. It's obvious that Crowton is a good coach; the main issue here is if Crowton would take a job offer from UL-Monroe seriously. For any college in the Sun Belt, it really is difficult to lure top assistants from major colleges to come and try to rebuild their programs.

Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Quality Control coach - Here's really the main reason Pederson made this list: he is a UL-Monroe alum. An NFL/WLAF player from 1993-2004, Pederson became a high school football coach at Calvary Baptist Academy, where he went 41-10 as head coach. It is common for non-BCS schools to go after alumni as coaches, as shown by Memphis hiring former running back Larry Porter and Western Kentucky hiring former quarterback Willie Taggart. From what I've read on Pederson, it wouldn't be crazy to for UL-Monroe to take a page out of Memphis and Western Kentucky's book and go after this guy from their school.


Brent Venables, Oklahoma DC
- Venables has arguably been the hottest assistant coach over the past few years due to the Sooners' frequent success. Venables has helped lead Oklahoma to 116 wins and six Big 12 conference titles during his tenure as defensive coordinator. Venables, only 39, has the resume to easily get the job. Also the fact that the last Oklahoma assistant that Kansas hired helped lead the Jayhawks to an Orange Bowl win. Hopefully the next coach's tenure will end on a much higher note than that former Sooner assistant's did.

Nolan Cromwell, Texas A&M OC - I would believe that most people would wonder why any Aggie assistant should be considered for a head coaching job at this point in time. However, Nolan Cromwell has many facts pointing to his favor for the Kansas job. Cromwell's Aggies for the most part have put up a monstrous number of points, showing that something is working. Cromwell is also a former Kansas player, playing quarterback from 1974-77 before moving to defensive back for the Rams in the NFL.  Cromwell, now 54, is at the age where head coaching jobs start appearing less and less. Although Cromwell probably won't be a the top of any list, I still think Kansas should at least consider him for the job.

Kevin Sumlin, Houston HC - Sumlin is yet another former Bob Stoops assistant who has found success at the head coaching ranks. In two seasons at Houston, Sumlin's Cougars have went 18-7 and are poised to win another C-USA title, their second since 2006. Sumlin is still young enough to coach for another twenty years, and I see him as the type of coach that could stay in one place and keep them contending both in conference and nationally during his tenure.

Kirby Smart, Alabama DC - It's really no secret that Kansas will most likely be looking at candidates who have ties to the Big 12, but Smart is a coach who should not be ignored. Although he's still young (just 34), Bama's defense under Smart's leadership has been the main reason for their 24-2 record since 2008. If an SEC head coaching job becomes open this year, It should be same to assume that Kirby Smart would be one of the top candidates for the job, so if Kansas wants Kirby Smart, they better act fast.


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