It sounds like things are on hold until after Saturday’s games. We apparently have a shortlist of ~5-6 candidates (including Applewhite and Orlando) that will be interviewed. If I had to put money down, Ferttita, Khator and Yurachek will all be part of the interview process. My guess is we will know by Tuesday of next week who are coach is.
They will then have a week before the recruiting dead period to firm up commits and start assembling their staff. I think we have a good shot of keeping Applewhite as OC if he is not hired as HC, that is if the new HC wants him. The opposite is true for Orlando. If CTO doesn’t get the job, I think he moves on for a year or two at Austin before someone hires him as a HC.
If Miles is the candidate, at age 63, how much longer would he want to coach? Wonder what the possibility would be of keeping CTO as #2HC with the intention of becoming HC in 2-3 years. I recall it didn’t work for Mack Brown/Muschamp. Sure would like to keep Orlando. Not sure just more money would work.
According to Dennis Dodd, Sarkesian is in rehab for substance abuse, and wouldn’t be hired by anyone but Saban. Article is largely unfavorable to Sarkesian, noting that as head coach, he never won more than 7 games in a year.