An athletic director at another university told me this morning around 10 candidates turned down the USC job before Mike Bohn accepted it.
Now, one thing I want to point out is that most well-known college football and basketball coaches usually have a national writer that they like to work with or people believe is “their guy.”
USC failed to express serious interest in candidates with deep and direct ties to Meyer, like former Florida AD Jeremy Foley and Washington State AD Patrick Chun. If Folt really wanted Meyer, she’d have engineered the AD search to get him.
Bohn and Meyer have some surface ties, as Meyer’s son plays baseball at Cincinnati and provides the strongest link. But if USC leaders wanted someone with deep ties to Meyer, they passed on multiple candidates. Those with knowledge of the search say it’s a clear sign Folt wants a different direction.
“If they wanted to go and get Urban Meyer, they’d need to hire someone he has a strong relationship with,” said an industry source. “He needs to believe in his AD. He’s been very close with all the athletic directors he’s worked with.”
Thamel believes Penn State coach James Franklin is the top candidate but also mentioned Bob Stoops, Kyle Whittingham (Utah), Matt Rhule (Baylor), P.J. Fleck (Minnesota), Matt Campbell ( Iowa State), Luke Fickell (Cincinnati) and Mike Norvell (Memphis).