Dan Wolken of USA Today wrote about hires that he thinks would be ideal for each school in need of a new coach. He mentioned Nebraska as a candidate as they did already fire their AD and have already replaced him. The head coach will likely follow suit now as he was a hire made by the last administration and hasn’t done enough to keep his job. So here’s who Wolken believes would be a “dream hire” for the school.
Dream hire: Justin Fuente
The Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry is sadly as extinct as the American mastodon, but one person who would still have an appreciation for what Cornhuskers football means is Fuente. A Tulsa native who played quarterback for the Sooners before transferring, he started for Oklahoma in 1996 against Nebraska, completing six of 15 passes with three interceptions in a 73-21 loss.
Turns out Fuente became a much better coach than than player. Though it will be difficult to pry him away from a very comfortable situation at Virginia Tech, where he’s 15-5 midway through his second season, Nebraska would be dumb not to at least inquire if he’s interested in getting back closer to home.
He also mentioned that Scott Frost of UCF would be the sensible hire. However, UCF has already taken some precautions from seeing Frost yanked away from them. The school is trying raise $1.5 million per year to increase Frost’s salary and keep him in Orlando rather than letting him go back to his alma mater as head coach.
Grabbing Fuente would be ideal though as he has proven he can take an okay ACC team and make them one of the better ones in the conference. He’s one of the hottest names in coaching right now and would immediately raise the profile of a struggling Cornhusker team.
[h/t The Spun]