Here’s a list of possible candidates to succeed Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, who announced on Friday that he’s stepping down after this season. Missouri will enter a crowded field of major-college football programs in the market for new coaches. Among them: Illinois, South Carolina, Miami, Fla., Southern California, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
Barry Odom, Missouri defensive coordinator
Former Mizzou linebacker has shaped a terrific defense in his first year back on campus following three years on the Memphis staff. Odom previously served as the Tigers’ recruiting director.
Justin Fuente, Memphis
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One of the hottest names mentioned in the coaching carousel, Fuente has reshaped Memphis football. The Tigers are 8-1. The former Oklahoma quarterback was TCU’s offensive coordinator before moving to Memphis.
Tom Herman, Houston
Houston meets Memphis this weekend and neither coach may be on the same sideline next year. In his first year as a head coach, Herman is 9-0. Last year he was the offensive coordinator for Ohio State’s national title team. Mizzou athletic director Mack Rhoades hired Herman at Houston.
Andy Hill, Missouri associate head coach/quarterbacks
In his 20th season, Hill is the longest-tenured coach on the Mizzou staff. Only two coaches have had a longer tenure at Missouri than Hill. He’s a former Missouri wide receiver and coached that position until taking over quarterbacks two years ago.
Dino Babers, Bowling Green
Missouri went the Mid-American Conference route to land Gary Pinkel, could it go there again? Babers has won at Eastern Illinois and is winning at Bowling Green with a uptempo offense. He’s coached at Texas A&M and Baylor but not in the Southeastern Conference.
Mark Richt, Georgia
Richt has a job, but he could be on thin ice as the Bulldogs, favored to win the SEC East, will do no better than second. Richt and Pinkel are the longest-tenured SEC coaches, and Richt, who is 142-51 could continue that if he moves to Columbia.