Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Coaching Updates 12/8 9PM EST

What a day it has been. We woke up to the same news from this time last year that Urban Meyer had indeed resigned...again. Tonight our sources are telling us that Rich rodriguez could be out in the very near future at Michigan. And other wheels continue to spin, as Rrumors are floating that Butch Davis could make it a trifecta at North Carolina. Lets take a look at what's going on all over college football in the coaching ranks. We'll start with the FBS and move on to the FCS ranks.

Ball State
There is no new news on this job. Brian Polian was in and out and then back in again this week as a candidate, but this trail has gone cold.

Arkansas State
Hugh Freeze is building his staff at ASU. OL Coach Darren Hiller has been retained. Auburn Grad Asst. Rhett Lashlee has met with Freeze about an unnamed position.

Jon Embree is busy building his staff as well. DC Ron Collins, TE Coach Ken Riddle, OL COach Denver Johnson, DL Coach Romeo Bandison, and WR Coach Robert Prince have all been let go. Mike Tuaiasosopo has been hired away from Arizona for a defensive position. Brian Cabral is returning.

With Urban Meyer stepping down, the list contains some no brainer names. Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen and Louisville HC Charlie Strong are 1 and 2 on the list. Jon Gruden's name is listed, but he is very unlikely. Arkansas HC Bobby Petrino, Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops, and Utah HC Kyle Whittingham rounds it out. Mullen and Strong seem to be the only realistic candidates on this list.

Kent State
There is an entirely new list of candidates for this job. Alabama WR Coach Curt Cignetti, South Florida OC Todd Fitch, Ohio State WR Coach Darrell Hazell, Texas WR Coach Bobby Kennedy, West Virginia OC Jeff Mullen, and current DC Pete Rekstis make out the current list. Chuck Martin and Don Treadwell are noticeably absent from this list. Kennedy is thought to be on the outs at Texas and his name is linked to the WR job at Colorado and at UCLA, should the Bruins open the job according to the Austin Statesman.

This job has been whittled down to three candidates. Joe Deforrest, mark Hudspeth, and Mike Sewak appear to be the finalists, but LSU ST Coordinator Joe Robinson interviewed as well.

Northern Illinois
There are 4 people on the list tonight, as it has grown since this morning. PJ Fleck is still on the list, and is joined by West Virginia RB Coach Chris Beatty, Nebraska Secondary Coach Marvin Sanders, and Syracuse DC Scott Shafer. Another candidate who should get an interview is Michigan State OL coach Dan Rousher, who was the OC at Northern Illinois for 5 seasons before working for Mark Dantonio at Cincinnati and Michigan State. He was the OC at NIU when Fleck was a player there. Ready for the chance, and has earned it.

With Wannstadt gone, the interested parties ought to be good. This is a good job, with a supportive fan base and some hefty boosters. The list so far contains Florida DC Teryl Austin, current Pitt OC Frank Cignetti (he is the interim HC), current D-Line Coach Greg Gattuso, Temple HC Al Golden, Arizona Cardinals OL Coach Russ Grimm, Oklahoma State OC Dana Holgorsen, Iowa State HC Paul Rhodes, Alabama LB Coach Sal Sunseri, and Florida State DC Mark Stoops. Arizona HC Mike Stoops is on the list as well.
I expect some bigger names to pop up on this list as the Florida job gets filled.

According to the Washington Post, the job is down to Maryland OC James Franklin and Stanford Asst. Greg Roman.

North Texas
Dan McCarney has hired Western Kentucky DC Clint Bowen to be the DC at UNT.

Kentucky has not confirmed that UK has interest in bringing in Randy Shannon as DC.

Valdosta State DC Joe Cauthen has interviewed to be the new DC.

Northern Colorado
A list is finally available and is as follows: Montana DC Mike Breske, Colorado Mines HC Bob Stitt, CSU-Pueblo HC John Wristen, Alcorn State HC Earnest Collins (Really???), and Chadron State HC Bill O'Boyle. Collins was only 5-6 at Alcorn this season, so he would make my least likely list.

North Carolina Central
South Carolina State WR Coach Howard Feggins will interview for the HC job.

The finalists are Robbie Caldwell, Bruce Fowler, and Bob Shoop.

HC Jerry Schmitt has agreed to a 3 year extension.

Delaware State
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) OC Mike Gibson has shown interest in this job according to

Florida State grad Asst. Travis Trickett is the new TE/Slot Receiver Coach. According to Yahoo's Tom Dinehart, Trickett has a very bright future.

Former Furman HC Bobby Lamb and Clemson DB Coach Charlie Harbison are the early candidates.

More as it becomes available...

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