Posted by Tom Fornelli
So now that it's official and we know for a fact that Randy Shannon has been fired by Miami, I suppose it's about time we got to speculating about who is going to replace him in Coral Gables. Though the program hasn't been what it used to be, Miami is still the type of job that plenty of coaches wouldn't mind trying on for size.
After all, Florida is still a hotbed of football talent, and it's not like the ACC isn't there for the taking. So who are some of the names likely to come up in the coming weeks or months? Miami has said it will begin a national search, so just about anybody is in play.
Let's look at some of the likely suspects.
Mark Richt -- It sounded like Mark Richt would be in danger of losing his job earlier this season, but things have since calmed down at Georgia. Still, that doesn't mean he wouldn't consider leaving the grind of the SEC for the sunny beaches of Miami. After all, he liked the school so much he did decide to go to college there.
Dan Mullen -- Another SEC coach that the 'Canes may want to consider poaching. Unlike Richt, he's at an SEC school that is considered more of a stepping stone than a destination. Plus, if Mullen can do the job he's done in Starkville with a perennial bottom-feeder in the SEC, imagine what he could do at Miami.
Mike Leach -- As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a coaching vacancy anywhere that I don't think Mike Leach should be considered for. College football needs it's Pirate King, and with Miami so close to the beach, Leach will finally have a place to keep his pirate ship.
Gus Malzahn -- There won't be many schools looking for a head coach who won't give Malzahn consideration. He's been successful everywhere he's been, especially with what he has done with Cam Newton and Auburn this year. He's an offensive innovator that will get a shot somewhere, so why not Miami?
Mario Cristobal -- A bit of a darkhorse candidate here. Cristobal is currently the head coach at FIU, who just won the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday. He also happens to be a former offensive lineman for the Hurricanes.
Tommy Tuberville -- I'm sure Miami could get him if it asked, but really, why would it?
Howard Schnellenberger -- Come on, Donna Shalala. You know you want to.
Ron Prince -- A big name coach would be nice, but a power towel would be better.
These are just some of the names that are likely to come up, obviously, there will probably be many more floated around before Miami finally does settle on it's new head coach. That's what happens anytime a big-time program begins a coaching search.