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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Hottest coaching candidates from Big 12?

By David Ubben

Colleague Travis Haney looked around the landscape at the hottest coaching candidates in college football and a whole lot had current or recent ties to the Big 12.

This time next year, who could be on the move? Haney first looked at new Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who spent the past three seasons under Tommy Tuberville in Lubbock, Texas. Haney likes Brown's chances to shake up the SEC some more with the spread offense and could be a candidate for a head-coaching job in the league this time next year.

That seems a little fast for my taste, but I could definitely see him taking a new gig at a lower level this time next year.

The scariest name on the list for Big 12ers? Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. He's shown the willingness to listen to opportunities, and with the possibility of the Texas job coming open this time next year, look for him and Gary Patterson to be a the top of the theoretical Longhorns wish list.

Gundy, who employs agent Jimmy Sexton, does seem like a good fit at Texas, but could he ever leave OSU? The true test may be coming soon.

Haney also says look out for up-and-comers Todd Monken and Bryan Harsin, who left their posts as Big 12 offensive coordinators to take head-coaching jobs at Southern Miss and Arkansas State, respectively. I agree with Haney in that it'd be unusual to see either leave those jobs after one year, but don't be surprised if you see either become a Big 12 head coach soon.