Grading Each Candidate for the Texas A&M Football Job, from A to F
The question of who the next head man for Texas A&M football will be is one that has captured the minds of not only Aggie fans, but college football fans around the country. Now, it hasn’t always done so in a positive way—there are many who are obsessively tracking the search to excitedly deny at every opportunity that anyone would be interested in the job—but it’s still one of the biggest stories in the sport at this moment in time.
Even though there have been many names thrown out there for this job, there’s been no shortage of disagreement on how good of a fit each one is or is not in College Station, both between different camps of fans and between the media and the fanbase generally.
Depending on the outlet, you’ll get disparate coverage of this story. Josh Pate, for example, as a national guy has done a fair amount of talking about how highly this job is viewed by coaches, to no small backlash against his show and him personally, depending on which specific fanbase is brought up. Others have taken a much more condescending tack, all but patting Aggie fans on the head and saying to manage expectations for who the new coach will be. It shouldn’t be any secret that I would side with the former camp here; the latter’s reasoning is mostly flawed and sometimes outright prejudiced. This first line of reasoning, too, has been somewhat justified in some of the names that have been mentioned in connection with the job. Of course, not every name is a fit, but some pretty big time coaches have apparently reached out, as both Pate and Billy Liucci have mentioned several times.
So which names would be a home run? Which carry too much risk? Let’s go through and sort the coaches by letter grade, determining how well each one would fit as head coach of Texas A&M football.