The kind of coach we need

Would have three characteristics.

One he would have built winning programs elsewhere
Two,he would be a man for whom a contract was his word and not one looking to abandon at the first sign of a new job
Three he would know good assistants to hire.

My choice would be Mark Richt who has built up several good programs.

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He just retired from the school he graduated from he aint coming to UH.

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He stepped down. That is not the same as retiring.

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#2 is impossible to quantify.

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I have always like Mark Richt.

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Time will tell about Richts retirement. The cynical part of me wonders if there is something big that will break (not in a good way) regarding Miami football.

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I would just like to have an HC who has earned his stripes (knows what it takes to build a good program and has experience doing that in multiple circumstances/challenged), teaches his team to play tough football (hard nosed, disciplined, controlled aggression, deals well with adversity), who is flexible enough to deal with the changing landscape of college football (defense wins championships but offense needs to be innovative, creative, exciting, etc), is a winner, and wants to stay. I can dream…

Neal Brown from Troy would be the best choice.

I am shocked no one has has scooped up Brown. I heard his team next year will be even better.

I do like Brown, but he seems content at Troy for the time being. Trojans are fortunate.

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WVU fans hoping they get Brown but think he may go to Miami if they don’t pull a circus stunt.

Content enough to turn down a substantial raise and coach one of the top programs in the best G5 conference that is the conference of choice for top P5 programs to hire coaches away from?

It seems so. I heard/read somewhere that he felt he owed something to Troy and was not really considering other opportunities for another year or two. Who really knows though? If the offer is good enough…

Richt isn’t coming here. He likely is “retired” for now so that he can go watch his son (who’s at Clemson) play. Similar to the Bob Stoops retirement.

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And it was almost certainly a planned deal, given how quickly they moved on Diaz.

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Content enough to turn down a program that starts with a tough year and will fire you after the second. Firing Applewhite may or may not have been the right thing to do right now, but there are costs and chief among them are that coaches are not likely to leave a stable head coaching situation for our school. So Littrell is definitely out, Brown is probably out, and even Anderson (who I think would take it under different circumstances) is far from certain.

If it’s not Holgorsen, it’ll likely be someone who is not a head coach right now.

I don’t think that is accurate.

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The coach can request a huge buyout to ensure he has enough time to accomplish his goals. If UH had to pay Applewhite a $10 million buyout I doubt we’d be having this discussion.