So while I wait for countdown clock to hit zero, I have set my football energies toward exploring possibilities for our December 2014 coaching search. You can see The List and The List, Part II by clicking the links. Unfortunately, those posts are already a bit outdated. Meanwhile, I have been doing a little bit of living vicariously through Wake Forest fans (they hit it out of the park with the Dave Clawson hire, I think)
With news breaking this weekend that Louisville's Charlie Strong (the guy I really wanted when UVA hired Mike London without giving anyone else an interview) had accepted the job at Texas, the Louisville job popped open. Now the Cardinals are embarking on their own coaching search, giving me another chance to live vicariously. The L'Ville job is not the same as the UVA job, but I sincerely believe the two are in the same ballpark. L'Ville is the more attractive post, but it's close, given the fact that both teams are in the ACC, both sit outside of the fertile recruiting territory of the Deep South / California, both have great financial backing behind the football programs, and both have similar facilities (actually, UVA's facilities might even be better, when you consider the new IPF and the size of Scott Stadium). Louisville obviously has more recent on-field success, but the football history is pretty similar between these two programs. Anyway, I don't think it's totally crazy to believe that some of L'Ville's candidates might end up being some of Virginia's candidates a year from now.
So here's some reading for you to tackle, knowing that there are true and obvious overlaps between what Louisville is doing now and what we're going to be doing in 11 months.
And finally, for those keeping track at home, here's the 2013 coaching carousel overview. It's not done spinning just yet, with more trickle-down positions popping open, potentially at Miami and/or Vanderbilt, among others.
327 more days, Hoofans...
One last thing:
I want to go ahead and put pen to paper on this. I have a short list of four guys that I'm most interested in as *realistic* possibilities for UVA in December 2014...