Friday, January 7, 2011

As the Carousel Spins...Friday Episode

     The coaching game is a crazy business. A coach will be headed one way today, and reverse course tomorrow. This happened today in the biggest possible way when Jim Harbaugh returned to talks with the San Francisco 49ers and eventually left Stanford to sign a 5 year deal worth $25 million. As of yesterday, every arrow was pointing to Harbaugh returning for one more season, especially after Andrew Luck announced that he would forego the NFL to return to the Cardinal.
     The latest information states that Stanford will reach out to Boise State HC Chris Peterson. Peterson is not likely to accept such an offer, but you never know. I look for the more realistic scenario of Greg Roman being hired from within. Roman was a finalist for the Vanderbilt job.
     TCU made a future securing move today by extending Gary Patterson for two more seasons, which has him under contract until 2018. Here's the thing...Patterson is actually very happy in Fort Worth, much as Peterson is happy at Boise State. Patterson is 16-3 against BCS opponents in the last 3 seasons.
     Pittsburgh has interviewed Virginia Tech DC Bud Foster today. Foster has been under consideration for many jobs in the last few seasons, and is thought to be a lock to become a HC in the near future.
     Former Pitt DL Coach Greg Gattuso has moved on to Maryland, where he will fill the same position for the Terps.
     As reported yesterday, Bryan Harsin has both interviewed for and has accepted the job as OC under Mack Brown at Texas. Harsin is a premier play caller, and will find a way to accentuate the great playmakers that the Horns have on offense.
     Darrell Hazell has added to his staff at Kent State. Thad Jamison was added to the staff to coach WRs. Dennis Scuderi was hired to coach the TEs. Both were hired out of the high school ranks. Uh-oh.
     Don Treadwell has been on the move as well at Miami (Ohio). He has hired Michigan State Grad Assistants Zak Willis and Nick Siatris. There new position on the staff have not been specified at this time.
     With Dennis Franchione firmly in place as HC at Texas State, he has made his first major staff move by hiring former Northern Colorado OC Dennis Darnell as the O-Line Coach.
     Baylor made a major move today by hiring former Pittsburgh DC Phil Bennett in the same capacity. Bennett is slated to coach Pitt in their bowl game against Kentucky.
     Former Livingston HC Eric Brown has taken a job at VMI as the new OLB Coach. VMI is on the border of becoming a better program, but has not been a winner in some time.
     Delaware State has filled their HC opening today. The new man in charge is Wesley HC Mike Drass. Delaware State was absolutely abysmal in 2010.
     Former Vanderbilt assistant Dez Catchings has been hired at Furman. He will be the new OC for the Paladins.
More news tomorrow as the Carousel keeps spinning.

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