Two more interesting names added to the Mizzou coaching hat
Sexy, exciting offense or blitz-heavy, disruptive defense … could Mizzou be looking in opposite directions for its next head coach?
College football insider Bruce Feldman mentioned two new names as possibilities in the Tigers’ search on Monday inside a robust story speculating on more than 50 of the ‘most intriguing names in the coaching carousel‘ this season.
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley received buzz before this season as maestro behind quarterback Shane Carden’s Air Raid success at East Carolina last season and now has picked up more momentum in Norman. His quarterback, Baker Mayfield, will likely be a Heisman finalist and is putting up eye-popping numbers in Riley’s up-tempo scheme.
Should Mizzou go in that direction, it would make for a philosophical overhaul offensively, but Drew Lock appears to have enough upside to handle a switch. Riley is a Texas native and could recruit well in the Lonestar State for the Tigers.
Another name Feldman mentioned is Brent Venables, Clemson’s fiery defensive coordinator who is obsessed with pressure. Despite losing the majority of his starters off a defense ranked No. 1 in the country in 2015, Venables’ unit is ranked fifth overall and tops in the ACC this season.
Considering the talent pool the Tigers are working with defensively along with the return of Harold Brantley, you’d have to think Venables would be enticed by the personnel.