RDM runs through his take on the candidates for the open UMass football head coach position.
Now I start on the “plan b” guys.
Ideally I’d like to see someone with FBS coaching experience (Mike Leach). If that is no possible, I’d prefer a coordinator from a BCS school who also has prior FCS head coaching experience (Mark Whipple, Don Brown). The third best option in my opinion would be a high level offensive coordinator from a BCS conference (Neal Brown).
Way down on my list are the rest of the candidate categories. The two two main categories of candidates left would be a FCS head coach or a non-BCS coordinator. These seem like the less exciting, but unfortunately just as highly likely scenario.
Sean McDonnell is the current head coach at the University of New Hampshire. It is his 13th season in Durham. It’s been quite a long stint for a somewhat successful coach. McDonnell was 88-58 heading into this season. He won just one conference title in 2005.
While McDonnell has stayed at UNH, a former offensive coordinator from UNH has moved on to tremendous success. Coach Chip Kelley is the current head coach at Oregon, after serving as OC in Eugene an Durham previously.
As far as the desire to take an opening at UMass; I would have to assume that someone in McDonnell’s situation would want a shot at the FBS level. Though it might be worth mentioning that McDonnell has a son currently attending UNH.
Lastly, some Sean McDonnell links: