Wednesday, January 5, 2011

As the Carousel Spins...Wednesday Episode

     It's been another crazy day on the carousel, and things are showing no sign of slowing down. Let's take a look at the drama of the day...
     Despite published reports in Pittsburgh, no hire has been made to replace the dual firings of Haywood and Wannstadt. Tom Bradley of Penn State was the reported hire, but that has not happened according to AD and program killer Steve Pederson. Bradley is most certainly in the running, and may very well get the job, but it just has not happened today. One guy who won't get an interview is Rich Rodriguez.
     Rodriguez was officially officially been fired today (starting to sound like those final boarding call announcements at the airport, when you have 5 final boarding calls...) at Michigan. I am still trying to figure out why it took two days of meetings to fire the guy when AD Brandon knew he was going to do it all along. Anyway, bad move for Michigan, and the recruits are bailing like the house is on fire. No matter who they get, the program slips back a notch or two in the meantime, and by the way, there will be no Jim Harbaugh coming to the rescue. Harbaugh is not a candidate by his own choosing. 
     And speaking of Harbaugh, the good news today for Stanford is that Harbaugh indeed met with the 49ers today, but came away without a deal, and seems to no longer be a candidate for that post. Word is that the 49ers financial compensation package was weak, as was their lack of available draft picks and QB that he could build around. That does not mean that he will shun the NFL for the Farm, as talks abound about a possible shift of attention to the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. The Dolphins announced yesterday that Tony Sporano will be back next season, but that means nothing. John Elway has said that he intends to reach out to Harbaugh in regards to the Bronco post. One of my solid sources has informed me tonight that if Harbaugh leaves Stanford, the Cardinal would turn to San Diego State HC Brady Hoke, leading me to believe that Michigan's main target is LSU HC Les Miles. Hoke has just signed a 5 year extension at SDSU within the last month that is worth $5,000,000.
     Texas made a huge move in the right direction today, as Mack Brown offered the of DC to Mississippi State DC Manny Diaz, and Diaz accepted basically on the spot. Diaz helped propel Mississippi State to a 9 win season  in 2010, and his defense held Michigan's offense to 14 points in the bowl win. Great hire by Texas.
     Alabama HC Nick Saban made a nice move today bu securing DC Kirby Smart for a while longer. Smart was given a 3 year deal worth $850,000 per season. The deal includes a $72,000 buy out if Smart leaves for another program, which is peanuts. Smart was considered a strong candidate to join Will Muschamp's staff at Florida, but he declined any quiet overtures.
     Butch Davis reached into the ranks of the NFL to hire a new D Line coach. He has hired Carolina Panthers DL Coach Brian Baker who replaces Charlie Coiner, who likely will head back to the NFL after only part of one season at North Carolina. Coiner was brought onto the staff to replace that dirtbag John Blake.
      Don Treadwell has been slowly putting together a staff at Miami (Ohio). Treadwell has hired Illinois State LB Coach and Assistant HC Jay Peterson to coach the linebackers for the Redhawks.
     Oklahoma DE Coach Bobby Jack Wright is the latest to interview for the job at Texas State. I had reported that Dan Hawkins was seeking the job, and his name is on a list of coaches that will be interviewed. Texas State will only be able to offer somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000 in base salary to their new coach. One candidate that dropped off of the list was Dennis Franchione, who is no longer under consideration. I guess being a total mercenary doesn't fly in San Marcos afterall. Rocky Long, Tim Brewster, and Shawn Watson are also on the list of candidates, although my understanding tonight is that Brewster is now out of the running.
     Mario Cristobol will be offered a contract extension at FIU in the coming days, but the framework of the deal has not been finalized. Cristobol was mentioned from afar as a possible candidate at Miami before Al Golden was hired.
     Wagner has found a replacement at OC after the resignation of Jim Gibbons, as Hudson Valley CC HC Jason Houghtaling has accepted the OC job for the Seahwaks.
     Shaw HC Darryl Ausberry is the latest HC candidate for the job at Alcorn State. The list for the job is growing by the day, with the candidate list up to 4 now.

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