Monday leading into Tuesday morning was a rather quiet day for the Yellow Jackets in the middle of their coaching search but it appears one candidate may have already received an offer.
Whisenhunt offered the job?
We’re not sure how much we believe this report but according to former Falcons tight end and Brian Finneran reported on Tuesday that Georgia Tech has formally offered the head coaching job to Ken Whisenhunt and that the current offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers has 48 hours to decide.
Satterfield officially off the board:
Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield is officially off the board as he agreed on Monday afternoon to become the next head coach at Louisville. Sattefield was a hot name on coaching boards throughout the country and Louisville hit a home run in being able to reel in Satterfield. Surely it’s not the Jeff Brohm hire that the Cardinals wanted at seasons end but Satterfield is a pretty good consolation prize for Louisville.
Where do Jackets go if Whisenhunt turns down the job?
If Ken Whisenhunt turns down the job, we expect the Yellow Jackets to take a look at two coaches before others. Those two coaches would be Clemson’s offensive coordinator Tony Elliot and Temple’s head coach Geoff Collins. As we reported yesterday, Football Scoop reported that Whisenhunt, Elliott, and Collins were the three names they heard in connection to the job. It only sounds reasonable that those would be the two coaches that the Tech administration would turn to in the event Whisenhunt turned down the offer.
Clemson’s Tony Elliot would be a great choice however, he’s had past opportunities to take head coaching jobs and has chosen not to. The Tech job has a lot of potential and could be the one to pull Elliot away from Clemson but would the Jackets be willing to wait for Elliot to be committed to Tech full-time only after Clemson’s playoff end comes to an end?
If not, Geoff Collins makes sense as he’s at least shown some potential as a head coach during his time at Temple. He hasn’t won at the level of Matt Rhule did with the Owls but Collins’s Owls have shown the ability to develop over the course of the season and finished strong this year. An additional candidate to watch that we believe would be a great candidate is Troy’s Neal Brown.
Either way, if Finneran’s report is true, we’ll have a better idea of the Yellow Jackets coaching search by Thursday or Friday at the latest.