Monday, December 6, 2010

Coaching News 12/6 9:30AM PST

Here are the latest updates from around the coaching world...

Panhandle State (OK)
Although our plan is to not cover D2 ball until next fall, I have to start with this story this morning. It has been reported by several sources that HC Mike Wyatt passed away due to a massive heart attack last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Wyatt's family and to the Panhandle State community at large during this difficult time.
There is no word at this time as to succession or staff arrangements.

San Diego State
Take Brady Hoke off of your Santa lists this season. The Aztecs have signed coach Hoke to a new 5 year deal. This was totally the right move, and it legitimizes the SDSU program to a great degree.

Oklahoma State
If you are hearing that Dana Holgorsen has talked with Urban Meyer at Florida, it is not true, according to the folks at and other sources. Holgorsen is still up for a few HC jobs.

Apparently, Brian Cabral will return to Colorado as an assistant under new HC Jon Embree, removing Cabral from the list of candidates for the Northern Colorado job.

AD Bob Bowlsby is stressing out a bit as Jim Harbaugh is a very hot commodity. A "pre-emptive offer" has been made to keep Harbaugh in place at Stanford. If you will remember, Stanford has always had a problem keeping good coaches from jumping to better gigs.

Northern Illinois HC Jerry Kill is the new HC. Not what I would call a tremendous hire for the Gophers. While Kill has done a very nice job improving Northern Illinois year to year, you have to look at the important number, which is post season record. At Southern Illinois, Kill was only 3-4 in the playoffs, and at Northern Illinois, he was 0-2 in bowl games. He also is coming off of a loss to Miami (Ohio) in the MAC title tilt. NIU was favored in that game. Also consider that Kill has been plagued with health problems at both SIU and NIU. Kill also had a succesful run as HC at Saginaw Valley State, which is where he started, but there are some serious red flags with this hire. Stay tuned.

Washington State
AD Bill Moos has opted to retain Paul Wulff for another season, beyond all logical explanation. I have to give props here, as our research guru, Keith Harding, called this move weeks ago. Dumb move.

So much for the coach-in-waiting thing at Maryland. Terps OC James Franklin has had conversations with Vandy about their vacant HC job. It's also being reports that Vandy will interview Nebraska QB Coach Shawn Watson.

I posted a rather long piece about who was on this list (and it did go into satire). It's as long as the Great Wall of China, and gets more convoluted every single day. New names pop in, and old ones pop out, and then back in again. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, has any real info as to what's really going on in Bloomington right now. I am keeping a very close eye on this situation and will report back whenever anything credible pops up.

Ball State
Let's just add to the insanity of this season's carousel. Notre Dame Secondary Coach Chuck Martin is now interested in the Ball State job as well as the Kent State job. We reported that according to sources that Brian Polian was out of the running, but now he is back in.

The Louisiana High School community has endorsed Alabama assistant Burton Burns for the job. Joe Deforrest has interviewed.

OC Greg Davis has resigned. DL and ST Coach Mike Tolleson and OL Coach Mac McWorther have chosen to "retire".

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