The Hawaii Warriors are in need of a new head coach now that Norm Chow has been let go and this latest opening means that there are currently 10 openings at the FBS level. Hawaii is not a bad job at all as it has been to a Sugar Bowl and won 10 games in 2010, so there is history of being able to win on the islands.
Finding the right coach will be tough due to the programing winning just 10 games in Chow's tenure, plus include the intense competition there will be for a new head coach with so many openings.
So, while we wait to find out what planes to track, and throw darts with names on them, we will rank the current openings.
1. USC: Dismissed Steve Sarkisian. Clay Helton interim.
No brainer the Trojans are at the top, even with the year they have had they are still in contention for the Pac-12 South, and have a top-five win under their belt beating Utah. Plus, just the history and allure of USC is a big deal.
2. Miami (FL): Dismissed Al Golden. Larry Scott interim.
Miami has been a mess ever since Larry Coker left, and that was really Butch Davis' team that won the national title. They are in freaking Miami and have the name and location to bring whatever talent they want, yet they are struggling.
3. South Carolina: Steve Spurrier resigned. Shawn Elliott interim.
They are in the SEC which means top talent will want to go there but Steve Spurrier was unable to get them to the top of the mountain and he is an all-timer of a head coach. He has a great foundation with talent and shown you can win in Columbia, but it will take an energetic coach to put them over the top.
4. Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer to retire after the season.
Beamer has been there forever and Virginia Tech is a school that was not known for a winning football program, and Beamer changed that with his style of play, specifically on defense. With the long tradition at Blacksburg, it will be hard for the next coach to screw this thing up.
5. Maryland: Dismissed Randy Edsall. Mike Locksley interim.
They have been to an Orange Bowl and there is no excuse for Maryland to not contend for a big bowl a few times a decade given their local on the East Coast. The move to the Big Ten is an uphill battle and the next coach will have a long ways to go to build this program up to compete with Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and the rest of the conference.
6. UCF: George O'Leary retired. Danny Barrett interim.
They are sitting in Orlando and even with the left over recruits should be a better program than what it is. They have had ups and downs with O'Leary and now with the American being a more complete conference this is a job that will require some sort of rebuild. Again, they have excess talent in the state but they need to coach up those players and try to keep them at the third or fourths school in the state instead of leaving.
7. Minnesota: Jerry Kill retired. Tracy Claeys interim.
Jerry Kill had finally gotten things going there in the Twin Cities and making the Gophers a team to reckon with from his work ethic and coaches he has been a part of for years. This is a tough job and the next coach can only hope to follow in what Kill was doing to keep the winning ways up.
8. Illinois: Dismissed Tim Beckman. Bill Cubit interim.
This is a basketball school and I was close to putting Hawaii above it. The only reason is that Hawaii has been so bad over the past years, plus the Illini are in the Big Ten so they should be able to grab some talent. This is probably one of the top 10 toughest jobs in the country.
9. Hawaii: Norm Chow dismissed. Chris Naeole interim.
The Warriors have not won 10 games since 2010 and wen to the Sugar Bowl in 2007, and they were contenders in the old WAC. Chow won just 10 games in three-plus years and there is talk of dropping the program, but that was not all that serious. Perhaps bringing back a pass happy attack that June Jones ran is the best way to get the Warriors competitive in the Mountain West.
10. North Texas: Dismissed Dan McCarney. Mike Canales interim.
They moved up to Conference USA after winning multiple Sun Belt titles but the jump has not been easy. There is a ton of talent in Texas but the Mean Green are probably the last pick of FBS schools in the state for recruits who want to stay home.