Bonus Good Idea: Chris Klieman
The head man for Kansas State might be worth taking a look at for Texas A&M football. Klieman took over and sustained a powerhouse at North Dakota State, winning multiple titles, and has brought winning ways to Manhattan after taking the reins from a legend. He has a hard-nosed, no-nonsense style that would resonate with Aggie fans. The big question, as with DeBoer, is how the recruiting would go. Could Klieman scale that operation up to the heights required at a place like Texas A&M? Could he put a good enough staff around himself in that respect to where they can continue on that level? I would be wary of that proposition, personally. But when it comes to a pure ball coach, it’s hard to get better than Klieman. I would like this hire, but wouldn’t be able to help but feel there were better options out there.
Bonus Bad Idea: Dabo Swinney
Hiring Dabo would essentially be the exact same move you made six years ago with Jimbo. A sitting national championship head coach from the ACC who has fallen on tougher times, with many questioning how much of his success is due to generational talent(s) at quarterbacks. Meanwhile, the coach—while still recruiting at an elite level through all of this—is stubbornly refusing to change with regard to how his program’s offense is run. It’s not the exact same situation, but there are a lot of eerie parallels. I would dislike this hire a lot, as it feels like so much of a retread and a prioritization of name over substance that it would be hard to appreciate whatever upside there actually is. I wouldn’t trust that Swinney could get A&M over the hump and into championship contention.