Tag:Coaching Searches
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:10 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 5:01 pm
 

Gus Malzahn staying at Auburn

Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: Auburn has confirmed that Malzahn will be staying at the school, and he's gotten himself a raise and a contract extension to boot.

It looks like there is more to life than money after all.  

After reports surfaced over the weekend that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn had accepted an offer that would pay him $3 million a year to be the new head coach at Vanderbilt -- reports that later became the offer has been made but Malzahn hadn't accepted anything -- it looks like Malzahn will be staying at Auburn for at least another season.

However, after contacting the Auburn athletic department, the school could neither confirm or deny that this report is accurate.

Obviously, if the report is correct, this is a bit of a blow to Vanderbilt, who seemed to think that Malzahn was coming.  Or, at the least, was really hoping he would come. Instead the Commodores will have to turn their attention elsewhere, perhaps to Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin.

On the flip side, this is good news for Auburn and Gene Chizik.  Not having Cam Newton in 2011 would be a big enough obstacle to overcome, and losing the mastermind behind the Auburn offensive attack would have only made things worse.  Of course, just because Malzahn has turned down Vanderbilt, that doesn't mean it's a certainty he'll be back at Auburn next season.  After all, there are other coaching vacancies out there, and it's obvious that becoming a head coach is Malzahn's ultimate goal.

The question at this point becomes does the Pitt job hold any appeal to him, or will he prefer to stay at Auburn for another season and see what opens up next year.
Posted on: December 12, 2010 6:34 pm
 

Report: Al Golden to accept Miami job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well it seems as though all the head coaching vacancies are being filled this weekend.  First Will Muschamp takes over at Florida, then Gus Malzahn moves north to Vanderbilt, and now it seems Miami has found its new head coach as well.  No, it's not Jon Gruden, apparently it's Temple's Al Golden. According to reports, Golden has been offered the Miami job, and is expected to accept it though the deal has not been finalized as of yet.

Golden has been at Temple since 2008, when he took over a program that had gone 0-11 the year before he showed up.  The Owls went 1-11 in his first season at the school, but Golden has turned the program around the last two seasons, winning 19 games.  The Owls went to a bowl game in 2009, and should have gone to another this year, but were left out despite an 8-4 record with a win over Fiesta Bowl-bound UConn.

Golden has always been an excellent recruiter, and now he'll be unleashed upon the recruiting hotbed that is the state of Florida.  Of course, getting talent to Miami hasn't exactly been a problem the last few years.  It will be taking that talent and turning it into victories that will be Golden's biggest task in South Beach.

There is no word on whether or not Golden will take over in time to coach the Hurricanes in the Sun Bowl against Notre Dame.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 6:31 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 6:33 pm
 

Holgorsen and Rhoads mentioned for Pitt job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been a few days since Dave Wannstedt "resigned" from his position as head coach at Pitt before giving one of the shortest press conferences in history, and it seems that the school has already gotten started searching for its next head coach.  A couple of names that have popped up early are Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads (pictured).

Holgorsen's name came up as a candidate in a few reports, but if Pitt is planning on interviewing him, he doesn't know it yet.  Holgorsen told NewsOk.com that he hasn't been contacted by Pitt about the job, and when he was asked about whether he'd have any interest in the gig, he told the site that he is "pretty happy where I am at."

Still, just because he hasn't been contacted yet doesn't mean that Pitt has no plans on getting in touch with him.

There's also Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads, who served as defensive coordinator at Pitt from 2000-2007 before leaving to take his current job in Ames.  It's only natural that his name would come up given his history with the school.  While it's likely that Pitt will reach out to Rhoads at some point, as of now, it's unknown whether or they have as of this time.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Louisville to do everything to keep Strong

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While I went over the emotions running through Starksville earlier today -- emotions athletic director Scott Stricklin is trying to soothe -- Mississippi State isn't the only school in the country worried that Urban Meyer's latest resignation will affect its football program.  Louisville is also the home of a former Florida coordinator under Meyer, Charlie Strong.

Strong's name is likely to come up at some point during the coaching search, and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knows it.  Which is why he's planning on doing whatever it takes to keep Strong in Kentucky.

“He brings everything to a job from A to Z,” Jurich told The Courier-Journal. “I will do everything in my power to make sure he stays because he is a perfect fit for this city and this university.”

Of course, just because Louisville wants to keep Strong, that doesn't mean it will be able to.  The lure of coaching at Florida is a strong one, as it's easily one of the top jobs in the country, if not the best job in the country.  Florida could also offer Strong a lot more money than he'll make at Louisville, which is always a nice card to play when luring a coach.

So even if Jurich does everything in his power to keep Strong, I'm not sure he has the power to pull it off should Gainesville come calling.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Indiana to interview OU's Kevin Wilson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week there was a report that Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson had interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Indiana.  It was a report that Bob Stoops made sure to say was wrong.  Though, before he was done denying the report, Stoops did say that he hoped Wilson would get the chance to interview for the position.

Well, according to a report in the Tulsa World, that's what is about to happen.  A source at Indiana told the paper that Wilson was will interview for the position on Monday night.

If Wilson does end up getting the Indiana job, it would be nice hire for the school. Wilson has been at Oklahoma working for Stoops since 2002 and became the offensive coordinator in 2006 after Chuck Long left for his ill-fated job at San Diego State.  Wilson had been the co-offensive coordinator before that.

Obviously, he's been pretty successful in the postion and he won the Broyles Award in 2008 as the top assistant coach in the country when he ran a very prolific Oklahoma offense that got Sam Bradford a Heisman Trophy in 2008.  This season's offense was fourth in the nation in passing yards with 336.8 yards a game, and ranked 17th with 36.4 points per game.  Of course, there's a slight difference between the talent at Oklahoma and the talent at Indiana.
Posted on: December 5, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Report: Minnesota hires Jerry Kill

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Sunday night, Northern Illinois held its football banquet, and head coach Jerry Kill was in attendance, though any and all media were kept out.  It appears there was a reason for this.

It seems that Kill wanted to say goodbye to his team in private.

Numerous reports and tweets are saying that Kill has been hired as the next head coach at Minnesota, where he will replace Tim Brewster who was fired earlier this season.  Kill has been at Northern Illinois since 2008 where he's gone 23-16 in three seasons, including a 10-3 mark this season, leading the Huskies to the MAC Championship Game where they lost to Miami of Ohio.

Before coming to NIU, Kill had coached at Southern Illinois, Saginaw Valley State and Emporia State.  The press conference to announce the hire is scheduled at 2pm Central on Monday.
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:21 pm
 

McCartney: CU job offered to Embree

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So about that whole three finalists for the Colorado job post we put up a little while ago, it seems that there is only one finalist.  At least, that's what former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney is saying.  According to McCartney, who himself was a candidate for the job, the school has offered the job to former tight end and current Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree.

Embree has been given a formal offer for the position with hopes that he'll hire Eric Bieniemy, another finalist for the job, the position of offensive coordinator.  McCartney says that while he was a candidate for the job, as soon as it became clear that he wasn't going to get the job, he started pushing for either Embree or Bieniemy.

"It was never about me doing it again," McCartney told The Denver Post. "It was about setting the table for a black man to come in (as head coach). And he (Mike Bohn) hired one. Now, give him a chance."

The report also says that neither Embree or Mike Bohn could be reached for comment, and that the word around the Washington Redskins office is that Embree has received the offer and is mulling it over.

Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was also considered a finalist, but was deemed a longshot since he had no ties to the school.
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Colorado search down to three

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's beginning to look like at least one of the head coaching vacancies out there could be filled soon enough.  

After interviewing Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain this week, it seems Colorado is done interviewing candidates to replace Dan Hawkins, and according to the Boulder Daily Camera those finalists are McElwain and former Buffaloes Eric Bieniemy (pictured) and Jon Embree.

It's been reported in recent days that Bieniemy, a former running back at Colorado and current running backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings, is the favorite to land the job.  In fact, he and Embree are both the odds-on favorites to get the job.  Yes, McElwain is a finalist for the position, but it hasn't been a secret that most people associated with the school prefer a new coach with ties to the program.

McElwain has no such ties.

According to the report, Colorado could make the decision as soon as Friday, but no later than Monday.  
 
 
 
 
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