Things to consider as UConn searches for a new coach: Warde Manuel’s connection to Michigan; the need for a young, energetic coach; and the need for an offensive mind.
Here’s a list of potential candidates:
Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette — If Manuel opts for a young, up-and-coming small school coach, this could be the guy. Hudspeth, 44, was highly successful at North Alabama before taking the Louisiana-Lafayette job, where he went 9-4 in each of his first two seasons.
Cam Cameron, LSU—Might be a stretch, but perhaps Cameron, the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins and current offensive coordinator at LSU, wants to become the head guy again. Also important to know: Cameron was on the Michigan staff as a quarterbacks/wide receivers coach during Manuel’s playing days. The UConn job could serve as a springboard for Cameron, 52, to land a high-major gig within a few years.
Calvin Magee, Arizona — A former offensive coordinator at Michigan, the 50-year-old Magee currently serves the associate head coach for Rich Rodriguez. He’s a former NFL player and a 1996 graduate of South Florida, so he presumably has strong ties in an important state. But he’s a student of the spread option attack, which may not be ideal in Storrs.
Rob Ambrose, Towson — Ex-UConn players would love this. Ambrose, the Huskies offensive coordinator from 2005-08, has assembled a legitimate FCS contender in Towson. Of course, the Tigers’ 33-18 win over UConn in the opener was the beginning of the end for Pasqualoni.
Turner Gill, Liberty — Manuel’s big hire at Buffalo paid major dividends. It seems unlikely, but maybe he’ll go to Gill once again.
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State — I didn’t come up with this one myself. CBSSports.com writer Bruce Feldman tweeted that Narduzzi, the Spartans’ 47-year-old defensive coordinator, should be atop Manuel’s list.
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — It’s looking like Schiano will be out of a job by January. Problem is, the Huskies probably can’t wait that long to tab their next coach (also, Schiano underachieved at Rutgers. Great recruits, never won anything).
Brett Favre, Somewhere in Mississippi — This list needed at least one outrageous suggestion. So there ya go.