The the college football coaching carousel is beginning to move into full motion, rumors are beginning to swirl and top coaching candidates are being linked to the top job openings around the nation.
Some of the most popular job openings come from the nation’s powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
The Auburn Tigers were among the high-profile teams that decided on a coaching change and that will leave the Tigers searching for a new man in charge to replacement Gene Chizik. A handful of names are beginning to get linked to the Auburn opening.
Auburn’s list of coaching candidates is headlined Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen. Petersen is expected to be the Tigers top target.
According to al.com, TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson is a “new name” that has emerged on the Auburn list of candidates.
Along with Peterson and Patterson, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn, Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Jimbo Fisher from Florida State are also on the list. Fisher is a very unlikely candidate and you can almost 100% certainly scratch him off the list of candidates after he expressed his happiness with Florida State.
The Tigers could not go wrong with any of the candidates that is on their short list, but they will need to do a good job convincing the candidates that Auburn can turn it around quickly and be competitive in the SEC once again.