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Pick Kansas football's next head coach from a 32-candidate bracket

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The internet loves a good coaching search. And KUsports.com is about that life.

As University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long narrows his field of football coaching candidates, KU fans will have the chance to do the same.

By scouring lists of potential coaches from various publications, our staff compiled a list of 32 nominees for your consideration. Plus, to add to the fun, we’ve seeded them and placed them all in a giant 2018 KU Football Coaching Search Bracket.

You can cast your votes anytime Wednesday for the first-round matchups in the bracket’s four regions — Riggins, Hadl, Sayers and Reesing.

Does the growing Les Miles to KU buzz make him the clear favorite?

Do Dave Doeren’s Kansas ties mean he’s the man for the job?

Could Seth Littrell be college football’s next big name be turning KU around?

Would Jeff Monken bringing the triple option to the Big 12 speed up a rebuild by slowing the game down?

Maybe you love one of the other candidates. It’s your call.

Here’s a look at who’s going head to head in the Round of 32.

RIGGINS REGION

FILE — Former LSU head coach Les Miles watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

FILE — Former LSU head coach Les Miles watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

• Les Miles - Former LSU and Oklahoma State coach head coach vs. Mike Locksley - Alabama offensive coordinator

• Greg Schiano - Ohio State defensive coordinator vs. Lance Leipold - Buffalo head coach

• Bret Bielema - Former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach vs. Chris Klieman - North Dakota State head coach

• Mike Norvell - Memphis head coach vs. Neal Brown - Troy head coach

HADL REGION

Army head coach Jeff Monken yells to officials during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tulane on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Army head coach Jeff Monken yells to officials during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tulane on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

• Jeff Monken - Army head coach vs. Butch Jones - Former Tennessee and Cincinnati head coach

• Mike MacIntyre - Colorado head coach vs. Jim McElwain - Former Florida and Colorado State head coach

• Todd Graham - Former Arizona State and Pitt head coach vs. Major Applewhite - Houston head coach

• Ed Warinner - Ohio State O-line coach vs. Willie Fritz - Tulane head coach

SAYERS REGION

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack are coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Syracuse entering Saturday's game against Florida State. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren reacts during the second half an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack are coming off consecutive losses to Clemson and Syracuse entering Saturday's game against Florida State. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

• Dave Doeren - North Carolina State head coach vs. Tim Beck - Texas offensive coordinator

• Scott Satterfield - Appalachian State head coach vs. Ken Niumatalolo - Navy head coach

• Bryan Harsin - Boise State head coach vs. Jeff Tedford - Fresno State head coach

• Chris Creighton - Eastern Michigan head coach vs. Matt Wells - Utah State head coach

REESING REGION

North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, center, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, center, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

• Seth Littrell - North Texas head coach vs. Frank Wilson - UT-San Antonio head coach

• Brian Bohannon - Kennesaw State head coach vs. Troy Calhoun - Air Force head coach

• Craig Bohl - Wyoming head coach vs. Jim Leavitt - Oregon defensive coordinator

• Dan Enos - Alabama quarterbacks coach and associate head coach vs. Jason Candle - Toledo head coach

— Voting for Round 2 begins Thursday, Round 3 is set for Friday, Monday will take us to the final four and Tuesday the bracket will be decided between the last two potential KU football coaches left standing.

Now’s your chance. Pick KU football’s next head coach at our bracket: 2018 KU Football Coaching Search Bracket.

Comments

Joe Ross 1 week, 6 days ago

To me it's a two-horse race. Les Miles and Dave Doeren. Les has the name recognition to make an immediate impact, and impact needs to happen NOW! I haven't followed his coaching well enough to know how he improves a team year over year, but if you can draw the right guys (and a name like his can) then that makes progress a whole lot easier. Doeren is a KU guy. He is a Kansan! Doeren had turned around NIU. He did it quickly. He's proven he can compete in a Power 5 conference. You know that if you could lure him away from the stability at NC State and the great situation he has there, his effort here would be off the charts.

To me, these are the guys we should focus on.

Andy Tweedy 1 week, 6 days ago

Man, I really would love Dave Doeren, but I seriously doubt it happens. Hope I'm wrong!

Dillon Davis 1 week, 6 days ago

If David Booth is in on this coaching search which it appears he is according to reports, then anything is possible. He can shell out the money to pay Doeren and his buyout from NC State.

Mike Bennett 1 week, 6 days ago

I'd be shocked if we get either Miles or Doeren. I can understand KU wanting them, but why would they want this dumpster fire? Miles has to look for another job to keep getting paid by LSU. It doesn't mean he has to accept. I just don't see Doeren leaving a program he built that is bowl eligible. That makes no sense. Coaches move so often that the "home" factor is not a big deal. 90% of the head coaches on the list that wouldn't take the KU job except maybe Fritz and Candle. Littrell isn't leaving North Texas. I'd spend my time on Warinner, Fritz, Candle and maybe Matt Wells.

Dillon Davis 1 week, 6 days ago

I'm sorry but you're not going to convince me that an offensive line coach with zero head coaching experience is the right man for this job. I don't care how many times he's been offensive coordinator either. Long said it in his presser, we need a proven head coach with experience.

Joe Ross 1 week, 6 days ago

RE:

"I'd be shocked if we get either Miles or Doeren. I can understand KU wanting them, but why would they want this dumpster fire?"

Answer:

Well for Miles, there are at least 3 motivations: 1. A return to a head coaching position in a Power 5 conference. 2. The respect (or the potential thereof) in turning around an historically awful program into a contender. 3. Money.

And let's add a fourth point. When you're a coach, you're a coach for life. Even without a home. Being out of the game has to be eating at him. And let's not forget his relationship with Long.

Matt Lindaman 1 week, 6 days ago

Fun list. Chris Klieman of North Dakota State was one of Terry Allen's assistants, then left coaching to join a new company that provided the technology for those first down lines on the tv screen.

Jim Stauffer 1 week, 6 days ago

Someone completely new to the scene who can bring the success achieved elsewhere to our program. Miles would bring credibility and combined with Hull could bring some serious talent from La. McIntyre is a solid coach. Many of these names are probably not realistic but the best young and up and comer is Seth Littrell. He has a staff that can come in and never miss a beat with this roster.

Kirk Garrett 1 week, 6 days ago

I would pick Littrell over Doeren or Miles. But I doubt he’s interested.

The option guys may make good options for us after all.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 week, 6 days ago

My first options would be Miles or Doeren. Miles could (possibly) turn things around the fastest. Doeren is proven and is a Kansas guy. He might stay for the long term.

Littrell or Fritz would be good options as well.

Jeff Kallmeyer 1 week, 6 days ago

How about Butch Jones? Pretty stellar coaching career until his final year at Tennessee.

Richard Duran 1 week, 5 days ago

Mike Locksly? Hell no. I live in Albuquerque, and if you thought what Weiss did to us was bad what Locksley did to UNM was even worse. Doeren or Jim Leonhard.

Dane Pratt 1 week, 5 days ago

Chris Klieman, Seth Littrell, Jim Leavitt are potential replacements for Snyder. They can only take one.

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