UPDATE (Sunday, 9:00 p.m.): The Miami Herald reports Rex Ryan could also be a head coach candidate for the Miami Dolphins.
Another job that would make sense for former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is open.
But here’s a new wrinkle: If Schiano is going to be a serious candidate for it, he might have to beat out … former Jets coach Rex Ryan?
Mark Richt stunned the college football world Sunday when he announced his abrupt retirement after three seasons at his alma mater and days after an embarrassing blowout loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. The surprise move means a coveted Power 5 job with a national profile located in fertile recruiting grounds is now vacant, and with no obvious move to be made.
Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz would be the obvious answer … if he hadn’t just taken the head coaching job at Temple. Miami native Mario Cristobal would make sense too, but he is starting to get things going as Oregon’s head coach. Former Miami coach Butch Davis is down the road at Florida International, but does he have too much baggage? The same goes for Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin.
Which brings us to Schiano, who many expect to leave Ohio State after the Rose Bowl following three seasons as defensive coordinator. Schiano was an assistant at Miami, he interviewed for the job three years ago before Richt was hired and he has always recruited the state of Florida well. It’s not clear if he will be a candidate again – his stock has clearly diminished in the wake of the Tennessee fiasco and the Buckeyes’ woeful defensive performance this season under his watch. But this spot makes more sense for Schiano than some of the other recent job openings that have sparked speculation.
Oh, and about Rex: There are Miami alumni pushing for the brash former Jets and Bills coach, according to The Miami Herald’s well-connected columnist Barry Jackson. Jackson adds that if Miami were to contact Ryan, he would likely be interested in the job.
Ryan has not coached in college since he was Kansas State’s defensive coordinator in 1999. But it’s hard to see him getting another NFL head coaching opportunity anytime soon, so this might be a move that makes sense for him if he wants to be a head coach again. Ryan has been working for ESPN the past two seasons after being fired by the Bills in 2016, and he would certainly have the personality for college football. Whether or not he would be able to recruit is another story. But it would certainly be interesting.