Well, we're back. It's the final round of the coach-in for the next RU coach. Previously we paired Michigan's John Baxter against Ball State's Pete Lembo and then Ryan Carty from New Hampshire versus Fordham's Joe Moorhead.
Here's today's preliminary round, our last prelim. We look south - yes, a somewhat odd place for Rutgers to find a coach - and put forth a head coach and an OC.
Play-in No. 3
Matt Canada, NC State, Offensive Coordinator
His name pops up as a bright offensive football mind ready for the top spot. He graduated from Indiana in '93 and is a lifer in football. He was the OC at Wisconsin (Montee Ball) and Northern Illinois when they each won conference titles. He was also the OC at his alma mater for three years. He was being sought by Tennessee as their OC but received an extension at NC State.
Source: NC State offensive coordinator Matt Canada agrees to a 3-year contract. Interest from a major power prompted the deal.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) January 30, 2015
For more on Canada, check here
Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern, Head Coach
Georgia Southern: 1989, 1999 and 2000 1-AA National Champions. Two of those under Paul Johnson, who went on to Navy and then Georgia Tech. They hire well. And they moved to FBS under Fritz. Fritz was HC at Sam Houston State. He coached the SHSU to back-to-back national title game appearances in 2011 and 2012 in only three years of being head coach at Sam Houston State. And he was HC at Central Missouri before that. As a head coach, Fritz is 152-67(6-2 in 2015), 7-3 in NCAA Playoffs. He was the Sun Belt Coah of the year last season. He is a grad of Piuttsburg State in Kansas and most of his career has been in the southern Midwest or south. His guaranteed money is $1.4 million.
For more on Fritz, check here.
Up next: It's the pre-quarterfinal matchups (that's the round of 16 for those of you not involved with wrestling)