Tuesday, January 11, 2011

As the Carousel Spins...Tuesday Episode

     Welcome to the first Carousel episode of the post-season. We have made it to the end of the road for the 2010 season. There have been many great memories coming from the 2010 season, and this site made some great progress in this, our first season. So now, we begin to look forward to the off-season, and to the 2011 season. Let's start today by taking a look at what is transpiring on the Carousel today, and then I'll get into what you can expect from this site in 2011 and beyond.
     The news begins in Ann Arbor and Baton Rouge today, as Michigan has been turned down by one candidate, while reportedly getting yes from another. Les Miles has probably officially removed himself from ever being a candidate at the big house ever again. Miles has turned down the Wolverines for the second time in 4 years and will remain at LSU.
    The good news, apparently, is that several sources in the state of Michigan are stating that UM's second choice, San Diego State HC and former UM assistant Brady Hoke, has accepted the job. Hoke has been a candidate at several locations this off-season, and had recently signed a 5 year, $5 million deal at the end of the regular season.
      There is also big news out of Storrs, as it appears that UConn has found their guy. Sources are reporting that the Huskies will hire Mark Whipple as early as tonight to replace the departed Randy Edsell. Whipple is coming off of a season in which he was released as OC at Miami when Randy Shannon was fired, and is also the former HC at UMass and at Brown. He was one of the original three coaches mentioned here on the Carousel when the job opened up.
     There has been some movement in Oxford, where Ole Miss has announced a new hire to replace Dave Rader as OC. Former Houston Nutt assistant David Lee has been brought in to run the offense from the Miami Dolphins. Lee apparently left the Dolphins to get away from the massive dysfunction of the organization.
     At Tulsa, there is a push by the moneybags folks to bring back former HC Steve Kragthorpe. Kragthorpe left Tulsa for a disasterous run as the head man at Louisville. He would be replacing Todd Graham, who left to take the job at Pittsburgh yesterday. Kragthorpe had a very nice run at Tulsa during his previous run there.
     Word out of East Lansing is that Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio plans on naming his new OC by the end of this week. Former OC Don Treadwell left to become the head man at Miami (Ohio). The intention is to name the OC before the WR Coach is named.
     Former Memphis HC Tommy West has found a landing place. West will be named the new DC at UAB.
     Washington State is making a slight staff change on the defensive side of the ball. DL Coach Malik Roberson has been informed that he will not be back in 2011. No candidates have been named as a possible replacement.

More as it becomes available...

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