WATCH: FOX Sports' Joel Klatt doesn't think a big name will touch Ole Miss job
Les Miles? Lane Kiffin? Even Chad Morris?
Forget about them, FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt says.
Some big names have been thrown around for the Ole Miss head coaching vacancy following Hugh Freeze’s resignation, but don’t count Klatt as one who thinks the Rebels can sell a big-time name. Instead, Klatt suggests the Rebels should look at a “lower level” coach and make the hire.
The newest odds released Friday had SMU’s Chad Morris as the favorite, followed by former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. Seriously. Morris I could see as a major target, but no way Ole Miss looks at Dooley.
Although there will be some tough times ahead, Ole Miss needs a head coach who’s willing to take the time to build a program, because it’s going to be a slow rebuild. And while everyone will speculate over the next few months on who it should be, the Rebels likely don’t even have a target list together yet. The hire probably won’t happen for another four or five months.
Klatt says the only thing the Ole Miss job has going for it is the money it can offer. The Rebels have a passionate fan base, but outside of the money and the fans, it will be a tough sell, especially playing in the brutal SEC West.
“I’ve heard Lane Kiffin being thrown around,” Klatt said. “I’ve heard Chad Morris. I don’t think it’s that attractive of a job because of the history that we talked about in the last segment. I know Ole Miss fans are going to get really upset about this, but you’re in a division that’s borderline unwinnable with Alabama in there. It’s a program going back a quarter century that’s only succeeded with cheating. When Eli was with David Cutcliffe — that was a family relationship. That was extenuating circumstances.
“You could argue it’s really only points of turmoil that they’ve had success. So, I think it’s going to have to be a guy at a lower level like a Blake Anderson at Arkansas State or a Neal Brown from Troy. I don’t think a big name is going to touch this job. The only thing that this job has going for it, literally, is that they’re willing to pay.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 22, 2017