The short list of speculation

The List:

Here’s who the Herald is throwing around as the next coach at Western. Again, this is purely speculation.

Terry Bowden: Son of legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, Terry appears to maybe fit Western’s mold the best. He was at the helm of Auburn in the early part of the 90s before leaving amidst controversy that didn’t directly involve Bowden at Auburn. After nearly a decade away from the game, he is currently in his first season of a three-year contract as head coach at North Alabama in Florence, Ala. He would not only bring name recognition, but also big-time experience to Bowling Green.

Willie Taggart: Another logical choice. Taggart is currently an assistant at Stanford, and his playing days at Western left him as one of the most successful players in the program’s history. The only issue: should the Taggart experiment fail, would his relationship and reputation with Western be tarnished?

Randy Sanders: Sanders is currently the offensive coordinator at Kentucky. In terms of ties to the state, he’s about as good as it would get. He doesn’t bring a lot of name recognition, but he would bring a solid recruiting base within the commonwealth.

Gus Malzahn: Malzahn is currently the offensive coordinator at Auburn under Gene Chizik. Malzahn is 44 years old and has no head coaching experience at the college level. He has also had stops at Arkansas and Tulsa. Malzahn runs a “wildcat” style offense and is considered an innovator of the scheme. Malzahn probably wouldn’t get much of a raise in his salary by taking the head spot at Western, meaning Selig and co. would have to possibly shell out additional cash to get Malzahn on the Hill.

Trooper Taylor: Like Malzahn, Taylor is currently the assistant head coach at Auburn. The 39-year-old Taylor also has no head coaching experience.

Jim Chaney: Chaney is currently the offensive coordinator at Tennessee under first-year coach Lane Kiffin. Before coming to Tennessee, Chaney was an assistant coach for the St. Louis Rams. Chaney also coached Drew Brees during a eight-year stint at Purdue.

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