I've made my coaching list, checked it more than twice and revised it several times.
Please note that my list of preferred coaching candidates for Tennessee's football program is subject to further revision. For example, I dropped one coach from the list after watching his team lose Saturday.
Also, please note that being dropped from my list doesn't mean you can't be included again later.
My list doesn't include Jon Gruden of "Monday Night Football" or Bob Stoops of Oklahoma Sooner fame. But you already know where I stand on the biggest and best rumors of the coaching search.
If you can't get those guys, I recommend the following;
1. Bobby Petrino: I think I've already made this clear: I don't care about his scandalous exit from Arkansas.
Not only has he won, he has won in the SEC. In four seasons, he turned the Razorbacks from losers into a No. 5-ranked team.
Ask any defensive coordinator in the conference what coaches they would least like to match wits with on game day, and Petrino would be on their short list.
2. Jim Mora Jr.: As a rule, I would like to see more of a track record as a college head coach, but he also has been an NFL head coach. Moreover, I'm dazzled by the transformation he has made in just one year at UCLA.
He hasn't just won in his first season with the Bruins. His first recruiting class was a huge upgrade over anything predecessors Rick Neuheisel or Karl Dorrell delivered.
So what if he has been at UCLA only one season. Football isn't the priority there that it is at Tennessee.
Translation: UT could win a bidding war.
3. Art Briles: A longtime successful Texas high school coach, he already has rebuilt two college programs: first at Houston, then at Baylor.
As a high school coach, he developed one quarterback after another for colleges. In college, he has turned out pros Kevin Kolb and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
4. Tommy Tuberville: You could argue that his best days are behind him. But did you see him slap that headset off a Texas Tech assistant in the heat of battle?
That tells me he hasn't lost his competitive fire.
He improved Ole Miss while it was under NCAA sanctions and he fielded an unbeaten team at Auburn. He also has improved Texas Tech's recruiting.
5. James Franklin: I'm breaking one of my own rules here by ignoring his lack of head-coaching experience. Two years isn't long enough to prove you can sustain a program.
But he has an overall winning record after two seasons at Vanderbilt. And his team just won its eighth game this season.
That's unheard of at Vanderbilt.
I don't know what's more surprising: How well he has recruited or how hard and confidently his team is playing.
6. Mike Gundy: He has averaged more than nine victories a year in his past five seasons at Oklahoma State. That's heady stuff for a program that goes about its business in Oklahoma's huge shadow.
The possibility of triggering an "over 40" type rant at a media conference would be a bonus.
7. Gary Patterson: He has done a great job at TCU, where his team frequently looks better coached than the competition.
But until this season, his success had come in the Mountain West Conference.
8. Rich Rodriguez: Never mind that he didn't succeed at Michigan. There's a reason Alabama tried to hire this guy when it didn't think it could land Nick Saban.
He's a great offensive coach as he proved during his success at West Virginia — and as he has proved again in his first season at Arizona.
9. Larry Fedora: His first North Carolina team is 8-4. His last Southern Mississippi team was 12-2.
Like Mora, he's in his first season at his current school. And like Mora, his current school doesn't care about football the way UT does.
10. Pat Fitzgerald: He has had only two losing seasons in seven years at Northwestern. The former Northwestern linebacker still looks young and fit enough that you could suit him up and sneak him onto the field when shorthanded.