In reply to: If by 'viable' you mean upper echelon - posted by ugoirish
There is a shitload of money to be made in the SEC. Even if he wants to eventually leave Miss St, his view of upward mobility may be to bounce around within the conference the way that Saban, Petrino, and Spurrier have done in the past.
I think he'd satisfy the "highly competitive in one of the top conferences" piece. He probably wouldn't be my first choice but he'd be a definite upgrade over Kelly.
He's a flavor-of-the-month guy. He has lost more SEC games than he's won.
Top SEC coaches are untouchable. No other jobs can offer the same combination of money and availability of talent.