With the new UH head coach not expected to come from the current staff, here is what awaits the successor to Greg McMackin:
• Compiling a staff: AD Jim Donovan has said he wants the new guy to interview each member of the current staff. No promises on hirings, but each will receive an interview. The probable exception is receivers coach Mouse Davis, who is on vacation and expected to retire from the university. The UH assistant coaches have contracts that run through March 31, 2012. Director of player personnel George Lumpkin, director of football operations Bianca Tokumoto and video coordinator Chris Williams (who is on personal leave) are on one-year contracts.
• Recruiting: This is the dead period, meaning coaches are allowed to make one phone call a week to each recruit and no in-person contact with a prospect through Jan. 3. The contact period opens for three days, then there is the quiet period (during which recruits may make recruiting visits). Then there is a dead period, followed by another contact period. UH will honor grayshirts with signed commitments. It will be up to the new coach to decide whether to honor unsigned gray-shirt offers to quarterback Ikaika Woolsey and linebacker Lance Williams. UH will honor offers to cornerback Justin Turner and defensive tackle Sione Lavaka.
• Evaluate the players: Each scholarship is essentially a one-year contract. While it is a new coach’s prerogative to cut players, it is highly unlikely a scholarship will not be renewed without cause. It probably would take a player having numerous unexcused absences from practices to warrant a non-renewal.