Who will replace Philip Montgomery at Tulsa? Brennan Marion, Justin Fuente are names to watch
After eight seasons and a 43-53 document, Philip Montgomery was fired by Tulsa on Sunday. It’s a stable job by the CAA, however there are a variety of monetary constraints with it, and we hear they’re solely getting tighter.
Montgomery led Tulsa to 4 bowl video games and have become the primary coach to document a number of wins over top-20 groups in the identical season (2020). He was the primary Tulsa coach to return two NFL first-round picks and led the Hurricanes to the 2020 AAC Championship Game. His greatest season was in 2016, when he led Tulsa to a document 10 -3 and a win within the Miami Beach Bowl.
TU has a number of new offensive choices with ties to the college who are anticipated to get a detailed look on this search.
Former Tulsa gamers
GJ Kinne, Head Coach of the Incarnate Word
The former Tulsa beginning QB might emerge as the favourite for this emptiness. The 33-year-old Texas native and 2010 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year has had a breakout season in his first 12 months as coach, main FCS Incarnate Word to a 10-1 document and a Southland Conference championship. Included in these 10 wins is a 55-41 victory over FBS opponent Nevada, and Kinne has led the Cardinals to the best nationwide rating in program historical past, the No. 4. Behind Kinne, the Cardinals threw for a program-record 52 touchdowns and set a staff season dashing document with 2,355 yards. His staff, ranked No. 5, performs No. 11 Furman within the FCS playoffs on Dec. 3.
Brennan Marion, Texas, passing sport coordinator/large receivers coach
A former faculty teammate of Kinne’s, Marion was a Tulsa standout as a receiver and has additionally risen via the teaching ranks. Marion helped Jordan Addison win the Biletnikoff Award because the nation’s prime receiver final 12 months whereas at Pitt earlier than transferring to Texas because the passing sport coordinator. The 35-year-old used his Go-Go offense to put up large numbers as an FCS offensive coordinator at Howard and William & Mary earlier than transferring to the FBS. Expect Marion to obtain robust consideration for the job.
Former FBS coaches
Four former FBS coaches with deep Oklahoma roots who we expect will even be within the sport are Arkansas DC Barry Odom, Purdue WR coach Garrick McGee, former Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente and OU analyst Matt Wells.
Barry Odom, Arkansas defensive coordinator
Odom, 46, was 25-25 in 5 seasons at Mizzou, his alma mater. Odom has been within the combine for a number of FBS teaching jobs over the previous few years and has come very shut.
Garrick McGee, Purdue large receivers coach
McGee, 49, grew up in Tulsa and performed QB at OU. He spent simply two seasons as the pinnacle coach at UAB, going 5-19, however he may very well be in line for one more look. As an OC at Louisville, he helped develop Lamar Jackson right into a Heisman Trophy winner, and at Arkansas he had a job in some explosive offenses. This fall, he helped Purdue win the Big Ten West and produced the league’s most efficient opener in Iowa switch Charlie Jones, who has a league-best 97 catches for 1,199 yards.
Justin Fuente, former Virginia Tech coach
The 46-year-old Fuente, a Tulsa native, deserves a variety of credit score for pumping life right into a dormant Memphis program, profitable 19 video games in his final two seasons. He obtained off to a very good begin rebuilding behind Hokies nice Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech, profitable 19 video games in his first two seasons there earlier than issues fell aside.
Matt Wells, Oklahoma offensive analyst
Wells, 49, did a fantastic job at Utah State, profitable 10 video games twice earlier than leaving for Texas Tech, the place he struggled to get many snaps earlier than being fired in his third season.
Mickey Joseph, former interim head coach at Nebraska
Joseph, who stabilized Nebraska’s program as interim coach, went 3-6 this season and is anticipated to be within the combine. Joseph, 54, has loads of juice as a recruiter and confirmed true management amid troublesome circumstances with the Cornhuskers. He additionally has ties to the athletic director from their time collectively earlier of their careers.
(Justin Fuente Photo: Reinhold Matay / USA Today)