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According to several reports, Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt already has his list.

The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that Miami has spoken with Mullen, Connecticut coach Randy Edsall and Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville about its open job.

The Herald said Hocutt also plans to speak with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. The Cornhuskers, though, denied the report. Athletic director Tom Osborne told the Lincoln Journal Star he has not given Pelini permission to speak to Miami about the job, and Pelini said he didn’t seek permission to interview for another job.

Other candidates possibly in Miami’s cross-hairs include Temple coach Al Golden and Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.

No matter who Florida and Miami get, the more important question will be what happens after they take the jobs. The programs had mixed results in ‘78, with Miami landing Howard Schnellenberger and Florida getting Charley Pell. Schnellenberger led Miami to the 1983 national title and built the foundation for the program’s success. Pell, meanwhile, was fired in 1984 after the NCAA cited the program with 107 major rules infractions.

Now, the Gators want someone who can continue what Meyer has started, and the Canes need someone who can get them back in the national title picture.

“It’s just a harder job than it used to be,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “It’s always been about winning, but there’s a lot more that goes into it these days. Urban did a tremendous job coaching in Florida, and I think Randy did a tremendous job coaching in Miami, so I’m surprised by both of them.”