Wednesday, December 29, 2010

As the Carousel Spins...Wednesday Episode

     Here a little late tonight to give you the spin from the coaching carousel. Let's take a look at the swirling moves and rumors of the day....
     It would seem that new HC Mark Hudspeth is making several moves at UL-Lafayette. He has spoken to Central Michigan QB Coach Jay Johnson about becoming the OC. Johnson has yet to accept. Former Vanderbilt DL Coach Mike Pelton has gone to ULL as DL Coach. He has also hired David Saunders away from Ole Miss to become the CB Coach.
     According to, John Shoop is one of the two finalists for the Miami (Ohio) job at this point. The other finalist is unnamed in the report.
    Indiana State OL Coach Mike Simmonds is on the move to North Texas to fill the same position for new HC Dan McCarney.
     Richmond DL Coach Chad Wilt will go to Ball State to join Pete Lembo's new staff. His position on the defense has not been specified.
     Rich Rodriguez will likely still be a candidate for the Maryland job replacing Ralph friedgen, but if they move before this weekend, Gus Malzahn appears to be the other target that they are shooting for. Malzahn was offered the Vanderbilt job, but turned it down. June Jones interviewed but has removed his name from consideration. Strange that he would have even gone through with the interview.
     Former Ball State RB Coach Eddie Faulkner has accepted the same position at Northern Illinois. Kevin Kane has been hired from Wisconsin to be the new TE/FB Coach.
     Bobby Kennedy has formally left Texas and has joined Jon Embree's staff at Colorado as the new WR Coach. His departure from Texas was inevitable.
     Rick Neuheisel has added another candidate for the open DC job at UCLA, with Florida safeties coach Chuck Heater added to the mix. Randy Shannon and Thom Kaumeyer are also being considered.
     In major D2 coaching news, legendary Northwest Missouri State HC Mel Tjeerdsma is apparently calling it quits as coach of the Bearcats. Tjeerdsma is a legend at the D2 level, as Northwest is perrenially one of the best programs on the D2 level.

More tomorrow...

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