If a small private school in Waco, Texas, with hardly any winning tradition can become one of the nation’s best programs, a small private school in Coral Gables, Fla.—sitting in the richest football recruiting territory on the planet with five national titles since 1983—can compete for championships.
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by SI Staff And not necessarily national championships. Let’s start with the ACC Coastal, which Miami could win next year if its administration wakes up and realizes the program needs different leadership. Rich Rodriguez makes $2.5 million per year—more if you count an oil and gas investment vehicle that kicks in if he stays until 2022—and is frustrated with the way the Pac-12 treats his team. He might listen.
Or what about North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, who has been trying to recruit and coach through a scandal he had nothing to do with but also can’t escape? Under other circumstances, he might already have the better job. But now? He might listen.
What about Justin Fuente at Memphis? He may have coached his way into a better job at this point, but anyone who can navigate the recruiting cesspool in Memphis could handle the equally unique South Florida ecosystem.
How about Tom Herman at Houston? Miami athletic director Blake James needs to at least gauge his interest. It’s Herman’s first season as a head coach, but his handling of the Ohio State quarterback situation as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator last year looks more masterful in light of what’s happened so far this season in Columbus.
Or what about Bowling Green’s Dino Babers, who could load up his version of the Art Briles-Baylor offense with South Florida talent?