Head Coach candidates and rumors

I’ll update this post as much as possible moving forward with the latest info available. 

Potential candidates?

Disclaimer: I have no inside info tied to these guys, just names I’ve come across while doing some recon and that I’d like.

My top list (will be changing as we progress and new data comes out):
Mike Houston – I don’t think he’s in the mix at this point, feel for sure we’re going to go top-level assistant/coordinator route – Houston certainly appears to be a serious contender at this time. — update, Pete Thamel fanning the flames here….  Yeah, not happening. 
Josh Gattis – Still believe Gattis is in contention
Tony Elliott – I get the feeling Elliott isn’t in the mix


Mike Houston – JMU HC – approx $700k/yr with all incentives. $500k buyout.
Josh Gattis – Bama Co-OC/WR Coach – $525k/yr
Tony Elliott – Clemson Co-OC/RB – $850k/yr
Ryan Day – Ohio State OC/QB Coach *added* – $1m/yr
Jeff Scott – Clemson Co-OC/WR – $850k/yr 
Pep Hamilton – Mich AHC/Passing Game Coordinator – $1.15m/yr
Tee Martin – USC OC/WR Coach *removed*
Curt Cignetti – Elon HC – $170k/yr (unconfirmed)
Sterlin Gilbert – USF OC/QB Coach – $100k/yr
Sonny Cumbie – TCU Co-OC/QB Coach – my guess is he’s going to get the Texas Tech gig if it opens – $700k/yr
Shane Beamer – OKLA AHC for Offense, TE & H-Backs – $435k/yr
Hugh Freeze – Arizona Hotshots (AAL) – unlimited pass to all Golden Corral’s
Eli Drinkwitz – NCSU OC/QB Coach – $450k/yr


Josh Gattis – Bruce Feldman, Barton Simmons, Chris Vannini, SB Nation
Kevin Steele (Auburn, $1.2m/yr) – Bruce Feldman, Chris Vannini
Jay Bateman (Army, $310k+/yr) – Bruce Feldman, SB Nation, Chris Vannini
Brady Hoke (Carolina Panthers, $???) – JC Shurbutt, SB Nation
Bobby Bentley (South Carolina, $400k/yr) – JC Shurbutt
Jedd Fisch (LA Rams, $???) – Bruce Feldman, David Scott
Tony Elliott (Clemson) – David Scott, Chris Vannini, SB Nation
Mike Houston (JMU) – David Scott, Chris Vannini
Pete Kwiatkowski (U. of Washington, $875k/yr) – David Scott
Will Healy (Austin Peay, $200k/yr and growing) – David Scott, Chris Vannini
Mike Minter (Campbell, $???) – David Scott, Chris Vannini
Shane Montgomery (Charlotte OC, $175k/yr) – David Scott
Glenn Spencer (Charlotte DC, $185k/yr) – David Scott
Jeff Scott – Dan Wolken 
Travaris Robinson (South Carolina DC, $1.2m/yr) – SB Nation

Rumors and tweets about our vacancy

Go to 44 min mark where the mailbag starts, short Charlotte/Jay Bateman reference
$$$ | References Jedd Fisch and that he may also get a lot of interest from Charlotte.  

One thought on “Head Coach candidates and rumors

  1. One person that is being left off of your list which should be at the very top is, Maurice Drayton. He is a big part of the reason, Mike Houston had any measure of success while he was coaching at The Citadel. Maurice Drayton has been involved in recruiting and coaching every player that made it to the next level in Citadel Athletics dating back to the late 90’s spanning through 2015.
    Not only is he a world class person and surely would be an ambassador to ushering in a winning program in Charlotte, he cares about young men and has helped shaped many players into great men and leaders. Speaking from the experience of having played for Maurice Drayton and having had the pleasure of watching him grow personally and professionally, this is a man of the highest integrity and furthermore someone who has a high level of interest in returning to college football, especially in the Carolinas.

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