Jake Dickert, Washington State
Another name I like for the Arizona football head coaching job is current Washington State head coach Jake Dickert. He's not a big name and is just 15-16 as the head coach for the Cougars, but that program is always going to be limited in terms of talent.
Dickert is a defensive mind and the Cougars had one of the better defensive units in the Pac-12 this past season. It might string for Wazzu fans but the future is better in Arizona right now than it is for the Cougars who are playing a bunch of Mountain West teams in 2024 because they don't have a league.
That's not a great place to be as a head coach. If Dickert was hired, the identity could change for Arizona, but he's proven he can build a program and Arizona would be an upgrade. It would be hard for him to say no.
Jeff Traylor, UTSA
Maybe my favorite head-coaching candidate on this list is Jeff Traylor. He's worked his way up as an assistant from the high school ranks to being an FBS head coach. Traylor is 39-14 as a head coach and has won two C-USA championships. He built UTSA from the get-go and has learned how to recruit really well in the state of Texas.
Those ties would probably allow Traylor to get a bunch of players from Texas to Arizona, especially since the Wildcats are joining the Big 12. Traylor is a proven winner and some Power-4 program is going to land him soon enough. Why not Arizona?