The Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday morning that the franchise would be moving away from Leslie Frazier as the team’s head coach. As soon as Frazier was officially fired, potential coaching candidates to replace him surfaced. Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar is reporting that the Vikings are rumored to be looking towards a college coach, “perhaps to assist in future drafts.”
Farrar currently has Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as possible targets for the Vikings.
Sumlin’s name continually pops up as an NCAA coach who could make the leap to the NFL, despite recently signing a lucrative contract extension with the Aggies.
Another college coach to keep an eye on is David Shaw. He seems to be on the shortlist of nearly every opening in the country, college or NFL. The Washington Redskins have reportedly already inquired through a third party.
Whether or not one of these candidates will be gracing the Vikings’ sideline next season remains to be seen, but they are coaches you should keep an eye on as the NFL offseason coaching carousel spins along.