Cincinnati's Gino Guidugli was among Western Michigan head coach candidates, per report

Cincinnati Bearcats offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gino Guidugli was among finalists for the Western Michigan University Broncos head coaching vacancy, according to a report from Football Scoop's John Brice.

WMU named Louisville Cardinals offensive coordinator Lance Taylor its new head coach last week.

The Enquirer's Keith Jenkins reported that with defensive coordinator Mike Tressel leaving UC to join Wisconsin head coach Luke Fickell in Madison, Louisville associate head coach and defensive coordinator Bryan Brown appears to be headed to Cincinnati. Jenkins added that it remains to be seen where Guidugli - who starred at Highlands High School before playing quarterback at UC from 2001 to 2004 - will be next season.

Brice also reported that Guidugli "has been prioritized as a top assistant coach for Fickell," and that additional WMU candidates included Taylor and Michigan Wolverines running backs coach Mike Hart.

Guidugli, in his first season as UC's offensive coordinator, also was considered a candidate for the University of Kentucky Wildcats' offensive coordinator vacancy, per multiple reports. Multiple reports indicate that Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen is expected to return to UK after the season. Coen spent the 2021 season as the Wildcats' offensive coordinator before leaving for the Rams.

Many current and former Bearcats publicly endorsed Guidugli as a UC head coaching candidate before Scott Satterfield was introduced as the new head coach.

Guidugli, 39, joined UC's staff in 2017 as running backs coach. He started coaching QBs in 2018 and was named passing game coordinator in 2020.

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