The Baylor Bears are currently a mess. As they prepare to turn the corner to 2017, they are starting to think hard about who their next head coach will be. SMU coach Chad Morris was the lead name for awhile, but both sides appear to have cooled on one another.
For the second time in a month, Sonny Dykes’s name comes up.
We were told Sunday by those close to the search that Baylor and Morris are moving on. Sources said the once-promising negotiations hit a snag along the way for two reasons: Morris’ desire for another in-state job driving the price tag - and, on Baylor’s end, it was a price and a coaching prospect that suddenly seemed less palatable after watching Navy score 10 offensive touchdowns on 10 possessions against the Mustangs. (Navy also had a pick 6 to get to 75 points.)
With Morris most likely out, the names we’re hearing most often are North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Cal’s Sonny Dykes.
Let’s look at the other two candidates.
Mike MacIntyre. I cannot see Colorado letting him go, and I can’t see Mac being interested in Baylor unless they really can put up the stacks to outbid the Buffs. But I expect Colorado to go all-in after the Pac-12 title game to keep MacIntyre on lockdown for awhile.
Larry Fedora. Fedora is a pretty good name for Baylor, but considering how well he performs at the ACC Coastal I’d be hard pressed to see why he’d leave to take on a lateral job at Baylor. The Bears have to stack up the money to get Fedora to Waco.
So that leaves Dykes. Despite the less than stellar record in the Pac-12, Dykes’s offense would probably find more of a home in Big 12 country. Dykes can say he runs a full-on high octane spread offense that produces NFL-ready quarterbacks and he has been tested quite well.