As I am continuing my look at coaching candidates, we are going to look at more names which may be known or unknown at this point. SMU has a long road ahead trying to find that best candidate to carry the Mustangs forward. But they can at least thank June Jones for bring the program back a respectable level. Maybe the next coach can get them to the next level and have them competing for a shot at a conference title.
Scott Frost is the next candidate I want to look at, he has been a name mentioned with many jobs and deservedly so, he has built a strong reputation in the college football ranks. While he may not have any direct ties to the Dallas area or SMU, he has been coached by some of the greatest names in coaching. Names like Bill Walsh, Tom Osborne, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Jon Gruden have coached Frost in his playing days. After his playing days were over, he started the trail up the coaching ladder at Nebraska and Kansas as a graduate assistant. He took his first official coaching job in 2007 at Northern Iowa where he was plucked from by Chip Kelly to coach at Oregon. Frost has been with the Oregon Ducks since the 2009 season and ever since he has gotten there, the Ducks offense has been a high-flying machine. He was promoted to Offensive coordinator in 2013 and Oregon has not missed a step with him in charge. He would bring an exciting style of play to the Hilltop if he were to take over as head coach. But he would also be the type of coach to bolt to a bigger job, but it would be worth the risk for SMU to hire someone like him.
One candidate who hasn’t gotten any publicity but could do some good here would be former Arkansas and Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt. He spent 9 years at Arkansas and would regularly recruit Texas to get talent into Arkansas. He had a way with getting quality talent and turning Arkansas into a team who could regularly compete in the Southeastern Conference. He won division titles twice in the SEC, and was a conference coach of the year three times. While he may not have won championships at Arkansas, he was able to keep them respectable. If Nutt came the SMU, he would be an established name and have a track record of winning. But at this point, nobody is even sure if he would jump back into coaching if offered. But he would be an interesting candidate to look at.
David Beaty would be another candidate who should get a hard look during the coaching search. He is a texas native and is very familiar to the Dallas area after graduating and even coaching at Garland highschool. He cut his teeth coaching at Naaman Forrest, North Dallas, Garland and Irving Macarthur high school before moving up to the College ranks at Rice. He has only had two coaching jobs outside of the state of Texas, and both opportunities were at Kansas. It is safe to say he has some quality connections in the state, and could really build the talent base locally. He has been at Texas A&M since 2012, and this could be a real shot for him to prove he is ready to coach the big time.
Stay tuned, there are still more names to come in part three of the SMU coaching candidates.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook