Why not Terry Bowden? He'd love to get back to the SEC and is a great Coach. He has won everywhere he's been, can recruit and is the only coach I've ever seen successfully argue with officials and have a call reversed - because he knew the rules better than the officials.
Before we sign off for the night, we wanted to bring you some of the news and rumors surrounding the head coaching job at Ole Miss. We’ll start with the fan favorites.
Though Mike Leach and Gus Malzahn are likely at the top of most Rebel fans’ wish lists, we don’t believe either man will wind up in Oxford. We’ve crossed Leach off the list because we don’t believe Ole Miss will even consider him for the job. And we don’t believe Malzahn will have more interest in Ole Miss than he did Vanderbilt and Maryland last offseason. Many people believe he’s ticketed for North Carolina anyway.
So where might UM turn?
* Mike Herndon of The Mobile Press-Register believes Archie Manning’s search committee should act boldly. In his view Leach or Charlie Strong or Malzahn or Kirby Smart should be on the Rebel list.
* Art Briles of Baylor is starting to get some mentions in connection with the Ole Miss job. Mac Engel of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that BU should toss Briles a raise in order to keep him in Waco.
* Doug Segrest of The Birmingham News believes Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians could wind up in the Ole Miss mix as well. Arians has previously served as an assistant in the SEC and he was Peyton Manning’s quarterback coach during his rookie year in Indianapolis… thus the connection to Archie.
* Meanwhile, Louisiana-Lafeyette’s Mark Hudspeth says he’s “not been contacted” by UM officials and that he’s happy with the Ragin’ Cajuns. Hudspeth is a Magnolia State native and a former assistant to Dan Mullen at Mississippi State.
* Hudspeth and fellow Sun Belt coach Hugh Freeze both have their programs — UL and Arkansas State, respectively — headed to bowl games this season. Freeze is a former Ole Miss assistant under Ed Orgeron.
Among the names our sources continue to mention in connection with the Ole Miss job are: Briles from Baylor, Freeze from Arkansas State, Hudspeth from Louisiana-Lafayette, Sonny Dykes from Louisiana Tech, Larry Fedora from Southern Miss, and assistants Malzahn (Auburn), Smart (Alabama), and Manny Diaz (Texas by way of Mississippi State).