In light of the firing of Dave Wommack on Friday, we would like to take you through the candidates to become the next defensive coordinator on The Flats. Wommack's firing was something many had speculated about throughout the season. Personally, I thought CPJ was going to give Wommack one more year to straighten things out given all the injuries to the defense this season. Obviously though, I stand behind anything and everything Paul Johnson does so I approve of Wommack's firing.
Now as most of you may know already, there is only one definite candidate for the job and that is Al Groh. There have been a couple rumors tonight from footballcoachscoop.com, Mr. College Football's Twitter acount and Mark Bradley's column that we have reached or are very close to reaching a deal with Groh to become the new DC. However, we'll throw a couple of other names out there as well for your thoughts and discussion. Here we go.
Al Groh: We all know Al Groh pretty well from his time at UVA and if you're a Jets fan as their head coach.
Jon Tenuta: We all know him. Some of us hate him, some of us love him but he IS available and he could get a look. Personally I highly doubt it will happen considering CPJ could have hired him when he came in initially, but we'll give the Pros and Cons anyway.
Giff Smith: This could be a logical internal promotion, but I think the odds are better of us re-hiring Tenuta than promoting Giff to DC. He's too valuable as a recruiting coordinator to become our DC.
Jim Leavitt: A little far-fetched given his situation I know, but you never know.
Pros: Great defenses at Kansas State when he was there along with Bobby Stoops, knows how to get the most out of his players, high energy guy, we could stay a 4-3 scheme (which is the scheme all our players were recruited for), produced some good defensive lineman at South Florida (Selvie,etc).
Cons: controversial choice and might be too "hot" for us to hire him right now