Seems like I have been around here before with coaching searches being the subject. Working on coach #4 since 08. No idea where this one will lead. Personally, I don't want to see another mid-major coach come in unless Louisville is considered a mid-major.
The top 2 on my list would be Charlie Strong and Bob Stoops. Although Kirby Smart may make a good head coach I don't really want to be the school that gives him that first job although I would not rule out Hart hiring him...Hart did say in his press conference that getting a coach with head coaching experience will be a critical thing on his list.
I believe Gruden is pretty far fetched. Even if he wants to come to college it may be hard to get him and a top notch staff. Probably looking at nearly $10 mil/year for Gruden and staff. Even if he is hired I am not sure how well he could recruit. He would definitely bring some excitement but would have to win, as would any coach, to keep excitement for more than a year or so.
Like I said, I have no idea where this will go I just don't want a coach from a mid-major again.