Friday, November 25, 2016

As the Coaching Carousel Turns: Thanksgiving Holiday Edition 2016

Here is all of the latest on any job postings that there is news about...

Jimbo Fisher is not leaving Florida State as of today, Friday, November 25th. He has agreed to stay at FSU and will likely see some sort of new extension out of the deal that will likely keep him at Florida State for more than the foreseeable future.
With Fisher out of the picture, all attention has turned to Houston coach Tom Herman, who's status goes up and down more than a roller coaster as of late. Herman is back in the picture, but there is still a strong chance that Herman may stay at Houston, as I will explain below. If Herman does not leave Houston for LSU, it is back to square one for LSU, as Joe Alleva had talks with interim coach Ed Orgeron today, as Orgeron is the choice of the current players. Orgeron has told Alleva that he intends to go after Lane Kiffin for OC if he indeed gets the job.
Don't count out Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy at this point either, as he would likely meet with LSU after the Bedlam game next week, if LSU does not jump early on a decision.

Tom Herman is hot again after a cooling down period over the last couple of weeks, but his red hot status may be nothing more than media hype right now. He is still in demand, but reports state that nobody other than Baylor has asked for access to Herman. Herman would be unlikely to take the Baylor job if Texas or LSU do not come calling, and the Houston administration is trying to work out a new extension that would raise Herman above his already high G5 salary of $3.5 million by more than a million dollars per season over the current deal. The Cougars are very much in the race to retain his services, and Herman denied reports linking him currently to Texas or LSU, which substantiates other reports stating the same.

Reports that Baylor has already hired SMU coach Chad Morris are highly erroneous, according to multiple reports. Morris has not been offered the job, and Mack Rhoades still wants to speak with Herman. It would seem that the entire Baylor focus right now is down to Morris and Herman, and no other candidates have been named at this point.

After calling himself out of the Purdue search weeks ago, Brock Spack, Illinois state head coach and former Purdue assistant under Joe Tiller, was indeed interviewed this week. It would seem that any deal with Les Miles, Greg Olson, or Troy Calhoun has fallen through, and reports that Purdue could hire a coach as soon as this weekend may have fallen through with the late interview added on just this week. That is not a move associated with a school ready to lock down a coach. It would seem from a distance that Purdue is flailing blindly yet again.

If Texas swings and misses on Tom Herman, it would seem that there is no other candidate that has been considered to replace Charlie Strong. There is mutual interest, but nothing is set in stone for Herman, as the national job market could really open up this coming week, as a few more high profile, big money jobs could open.

Notre Dame
Rumors are swirling that if the Irish do not play competitively against USC this weekend, that Brian Kelly could be out the door as early as Sunday or Monday morning. Kelly was scheduled to return in 2017, but the latest issue of NCAA violations and vacated wins may have been the final straw for Kelly with the Irish.

There is dead silence in Eugene in regards to Mark Helfrich, who's Oregon Ducks will finish at either 5-7 or 4-8 depending on the Oregon State Civil War outcome. The silence is bad because there is a lack of any kind of support, which signals that Helfrich could be out after the Oregon State game either way. Tom Herman would be on the Duck radar if the job opens.

Scott Farmer has resigned as AD this week, which puts the position of Mark Hudspeth in a bad spot. The Cajuns are currently just 4-6, and play Arkansas State this week, which if lost, would make ULL ineligible for bowl consideration without a waver. Hudspeth's star has been dimming the last couple of seasons, and if they finished at 4-8, his ouster would not be shocking at this point. Stay tuned.

After a pool of six candidates was released by Delaware earlier this week, the best opening in FCS football could lead to a seventh candidate, with Mike DeBord joining the pool of possible candidates. Delaware could make a move as early as next week, with Mike London and Pete Lembo being the highest profile candidates with the most FCS success as head coaches.

The Blue Hose stayed in house to hire a new football coach this week, hiring Tommy Spangler, who was serving as DC. Spangler was head coach at PC from 2001-06, and posted 42 wins during that time.

Stay tuned over the weekend, as there could be several new openings by Sunday and Monday as the Coaching Carousel continues to turn...

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