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Dandy Dozen Candidates for Furman

By Robbie Ross
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12 candidates to consider for the coaching job at Furman.

Furman's Bruce Fowler resigned on Friday after serving as head coach of the Paladins since 2011. After being on the Furman Radio Network from 1996-2014, here is a list of candidates I feel should be considered for the opening; 

Top Targets
Jeff Farrington, North Greenville Head Coach -- Farrington served as an assistant at Furman from 2002-2010 and was the defensive coordinator his last year. He was part of Paladin teams that made the FCS playoffs four times, Farrington's defenses were highly-regarded. He advanced the national semifinals with Furman in 2005.

Clay Hendrix, Air Force Offensive Line Coach -- Hendrix was the offensive line coach in Greenville from 1988-2006, compiling a 147-73-1 record in the span. Hendrix helped Furman win six Southern Conference championships and the 1988 national title. He played on three league championship teams, including the 1985 national runner-up squad.

Kevin Higgins, Wake Forest Assistant Head Coach -- Formerly the head coach at The Citadel, Higgins was named SoCon Coach of the Year in 2012 after going 7-4. He previously went 34-4 his final three seasons at Lehigh and won at least a share of three Patriot League crowns. Furman Athletic Director Mike Buddie was the Associate Athletic Director at Wake Forest when Higgins was hired as the Assistant Head Coach for the Demon Deacons.  

Des Kitchings, North Carolina State Running Backs Coach -- Kitchings was an All-American player for Furman, excelling as a wide receiver and a return specialist. He was part of a Paladin team that won the Southern Conference title. He was drafted by the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and was also named the youngest inductee into Furman's Athletic Hall of Fame. He coached tight ends for the Paladins from 2004-2007.

Others to Consider
Drew Cronic, Reinhardt College Head Coach -- Cronic has gone 22-2 in two years with the Eagles. Reinhardt is currenly in the NAIA semifinals. Cronic spent nine seasons on the Furman staff, his last four years as the Paladins' recruiting coordinator. He made four FCS playoff appearances with Furman, including the 2005 semifinals.   

Patrick Covington, Coastal Carolina Offensive Line Coach -- A two-time all-conference selection and an All-American as a player at Furman, Covington helped pave the way for some of the Paladins' premier offenses. Covington was also a team captain and a Strength and Conditioning All-American at Furman. 

Ingle Martin, Chris Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, TN) Head Coach -- Martin went 21-6 as a quarterback for Furman, winning one Southern Conference title and making the national semifinals in 2005. Martin was drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers.  

Justin Stepp, SMU Wide Receivers Coach -- An All-SoCon wide receiver for the Furman, Stepp went 35-15 during his playing career. He won a league title and was part of the final four team in 2005. Was also a graduate assistant at Clemson.

Longshots
Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern Head Coach -- A hot name, Chadwell has led the Bucs to a 35-14 overall record in four years, the FCS playoffs and to consecutive Big South titles. Chadwell has spent most of his head coaching career in the state of South Carolina at North Greenville and Charleston Southern. He played in the Southern Conference as a quarterback at East Tennessee State.

Tony Elliott, Clemson Co-Offensive Coordinator -- Furman's wide receivers coach from 2008-2010. Elliott, who also played for the Tigers as a wide receiver, has been with Clemson since 2011.

Ashley Ingram, Navy Offensive Line Coach -- Ingram has spent time in the FCS with Bucknell and Rhode Island. A Georgia-native and former player at North Alabama, Ingram is in his ninth season with Navy.

Billy Napier, Alabama Wide Receivers Coach -- A former Furman quarterback, Napier went 29-10 as a starter, won a SoCon championship and advanced to the national title game in 2001. Napier was part of four FCS playoff teams. He also spent time as an assistant at Clemson.

Robbie Ross - Robbie Ross is Southern Pigskin's lead SoCon writer. A 19-year veteran of the Furman Radio Network, Ross also spent time with the Georgia State Radio Network prior to his ventures with Southern Pigskin. He is a voter in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll.