Tag:Coaching Rumors
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:29 am
 

RichRod to meet with AD Tuesday afternoon

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Given all the speculation about Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh leaving the school for another job, possibly for the same position at his alma mater Michigan, you have to wonder if Rich Rodriguez tuned in to any of the Orange Bowl last night.  Maybe he was in his office with an empty box.  Every time Stanford scored, he put something in the box, preparing for the departure many people seem to think is a foregone conclusion at this point.

The only variable in the equation in the eyes of most has been when Rodriguez will be informed his services are no longer needed in Ann Arbor.  Well, that decision could come on Tuesday.  Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon on Tuesday afternoon.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will meet with embattled coach Rich Rodriguez early this afternoon to discuss his future with the Wolverines football program, according to two people with knowledge of the meetings.
It’s not the only meeting expected today.
Members of the football team will attend a 7 p.m. meeting tonight to learn the fate of their head coach.

Which, in my opinion, means that Rodriguez is going to get fired this afternoon.  I've long felt that were he to be fired, it wouldn't be until after the Orange Bowl since Harbaugh is likely going to be Michigan's top choice.  Even if reports say that Harbaugh's not as interested in the job as many thought he would be.

Should it not be Harbaugh, then the smart money would be on San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:56 am
 

Dee Hart decommits as sharks circle Rodriguez

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The writing may not be on the wall yet for Rich Rodriguez, but by this point, the guy on the ladder with the black paintbrush in his hands may as well get to work whether Dave Brandon has told him to or not.

An utterly miserable weekend for the Wolverine head coach wrapped up yesterday with the news that the jewel of Rodriguez's 2011 recruiting class, running back Demetrius Hart, had decided to back out of his commitment to Michigan. (Though Hart maybe hasn't made it officially official yet, it's hardly any kind of a secret at this stage.) Multiple credible reports state that Hart will be pledging to Alabama instead at this week's U.S. Army All-American game.

Keep in mind that Hart isn't just the highest-ranked prospect in this year's Wolverine; he's a top-100 recruit to mutliple recruiting services (though Maxpreps' Tom Lemming is less enthused , and ranks Hart as just the No. 11 running back, behind another Michigan commit, Justice Hayes), a consensus four-star recruit, and the potential answer at a position where the Wolverines received adequate-at-best production this season. In other words, he might also have been the best, most important recruit of Rodriguez's entire tenure ... and now he's gone. (Dee-committed, we might say.)

But it wouldn't be accurate to say Hart's departure is the final nail in the coffin. More likely, it's the latest, maybe clearest sign we've gotten that that nail has already been driven in. Yesterday we saw a coach who led his team onto the field for a bowl game the night before leave for another program the very next day; if we see the same tonight and tomorrow with Jim Harbaugh, though, it won't come as nearly as much of a shock as it did with Randy Edsall.




Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Marvin Lewis on Pitt's list

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Maybe Pitt can just consider the Mike Haywood hire a practice run.  A day after the Mike Haywood Era -- and what a memorable era it was -- came to an end following Haywood's arrest, names are starting to pop up as possible replacements.  One of whom is currently patrolling an NFL sideline this weekend.

Marvin Lewis's contract with the Cincinnati Bengals expires after the NFL season, and all indications out of Cincinnati is that he won't be back with the team next season. Of course, that doesn't mean he won't have a shot to be an assistant coach in the NFL next year, but it's possible he could land a head coaching gig at Pitt according to a report on Pro Football Talk.

According to the report, Lewis is on a short-list of candidates the school has in mind to replace Haywood, and Lewis does have a history with the school. He spent three seasons as an assistant at Pitt, along with guys like Jon Gruden and Mike McCarthy.  Now, just because Pitt has interest in Lewis, that doesn't mean he'll be interested in Pitt.

It's unknown who else is on this short list of Pitt's, but Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has an idea who's name should be on it.  His long time defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.  Paterno told The Morning Call that Bradley would be a very good candidate for the job, as he's an excellent coach and has strong recruiting ties in Pittsburgh and throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Over the years many people have seen Bradley as the likely successor to Paterno at Penn State, but given the fact that he recently went after the Temple job that Steve Addazio landed, he may no longer feel as if he has a future at Penn State without Paterno.
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Leach interviews with Maryland 'went well'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We're only two days removed from Ralph Friedgen's final game at Maryland, a 51-20 throttling of East Carolina in the Military Bowl, and it seems as though Maryland is on the verge of finding its next head coach.  Mike Leach had been on campus both Wednesday and Thursday, looking around and interviewing with both athletic director Kevin Anderson and school president Wallace Loh.

While the Baltimore Sun say that no offer has been extended to Leach as of yet, according to the Washington Post the interviews "went well," and a report from College Football Talk says that an offer "could and should" be extended to Leach before the weekend is over, and he "appears to be the front runner" at the moment.

Which means that we may be only a few days away from everybody's favorite pirate returning to the sidelines.

Of course, Leach's name isn't the only one that has come up in connection with the Maryland job.  While he may be considered the odds on favorite to land the gig at this point, names like Gus Malzahn, Kevin Sumlin and Randy Edsall (is there a coaching vacancy in which Edsall's name doesn't come up?) are also considered candidates for the job.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Gus Malzahn's name popping up in rumors again

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Poor Auburn fans.  They thought they were out of the woods.  Earlier this month offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was reportedly very close to accepting an offer to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt before ultimately deciding to accept a raise and contract extension to stay at Auburn.  This caused Auburn fans to wipe the sweat off their brow, yell "War Eagle" and give each other high fives.

Start sweating again, Auburn fans.
Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez reports that Maryland's athletic director Kevin Anderson and part of his search committee have met with several candidates for the position of Maryland's Head Football Coach.
Hernandez reports that the committee has met with Mike Leach, who Anderson mentioned in his press conference announcing Ralph Friedgen's buy-out, June Jones, the current head coach of SMU, and Gus Malzhan, the offensive coordinator at Auburn.  Both Jones and Malzhan are coaching their respective teams in upcoming bowl games.

Jones, who did interview with Maryland, has already turned down the chance to take the job.  According to his agent Leigh Steinberg, Jones is just TOO GOOD OF A HUMAN BEING to leave SMU right now, even though they offered an apparent pay raise.  Which means that Maryland's offer just wasn't enough.

Of course, to pry Malzahn away from Auburn, any offer Maryland makes will have to be considerable as well.  After all, that extension Malzahn signed will pay him seven figures.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see how GOOD OF A HUMAN BEING Malzahn is.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:06 pm
 

PSU players deny Paterno retirement rumors

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Outback Bowl will be the final game Urban Meyer coaches for the Florida Gators.  If you were to listen to some rumors over the holiday weekend, however, Meyer might not be the only coach spending his last game on the sideline in Tampa on New Year's.  According to a report on College Football Talk, sources within the athletic department at Penn State maintain that following the Outback Bowl, Joe Paterno will retire.

The apparent reason for it is not performance based, but rather Paterno's health.

Whether or not these rumors are true, you can't really be sure.  The idea of Paterno retiring isn't exactly crazy considering the man is 84 years old.  Still, if he is retiring, nobody has told his players yet, as a few have come forward over the last few days to claim that the rumors are false.

"There's been a few things that have been said, but we're around Coach every day," Brett Brackett told the St. Petersburg Times. "There's no truth to these rumors at all. We experience him every day. ... Nobody understands how hands-on he really is, so we really know what Coach does, and when those rumors go around they more anger us than anything because we get to experience him every day."

Of course, it's totally possible that this plan has been put in place and nobody has told the players yet.  Still, I'm not sure I believe it myself.  Paterno has already gone on the record publicly and stated he plans on returning in 2011, and let's be honest, if he wants to, he will.  Even if his health is getting worse, the fact of the matter is that even though Paterno is the figurehead at Penn State, his coordinators and assistants have been running things for the last few years.

Next year wouldn't be any different.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Bob Stoops loves you, Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Whenever there is a big program looking for a head coach it seems inevitable that at some point Bob Stoops' name will come up as a candidate at the school.  It always sounds as if he's about to leave Oklahoma too.  Last year he was leaving Oklahoma for Notre Dame before Brian Kelly ended up getting the job.  This year he was on his way to Florida before Will Muschamp was hired.

On Tuesday Stoops talked to the media for the first time since the Sooners won the Big 12 championship and, as you'd expect, he was asked about the Florida rumors and why he stays at Oklahoma.

Well, it's simple, really.  He loves you, Oklahoma.

“I like everything about it here,” Stoops said. “First and foremost, the community, the area. All of that. But I would say maybe tied with first and foremost is our president and athletic director. I think too much of the time, when people talk about opportunities you have, to work with David Boren, his track record is pretty incredible, his leadership in the university, and his strength in building our program has been pretty good, too. Same thing with our athletic director as well. Joe Castiglione, there’s not a guy that works harder in the country. 

“Guys have a vision to help you build and improve your program, because it doesn’t just happen with me. 

“I have two of the best leaders in the country to help me do that. ... Your working environment is the biggest factor.

“I’m a regular guy, like anybody. I like the community. People are down to earth and approachable and friendly. My family enjoys that. I guess what everybody else enjoys about living in a great community. It’s a great place to live.”

Of course, that doesn't mean he's never going to leave.  While Stoops is only 29 wins shy of passing Barry Switzer for most wins in school history, and has said that he'd like to match the three titles both Switzer and Bud Wilkinson, he realizes he can't see the future or what will happen.  He says he's still young enough to know that things could change at the school, and that if they do, he may leave at some point.

So I guess that means he'll be rumored to be heading somewhere else next season.
Posted on: December 18, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Report: Friedgen will accept buyout

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following a conference call on Friday, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen.  Now that James Franklin had left for Vanderbilt and was likely to take a number of assistants with him, Maryland was no longer interested in bringing Friedgen back.  Now, a day later, there's a report that Friedgen will accept Maryland's buyout offer and will no longer serve as head coach.
University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has verbally agreed to a buyout of his contract and will not return for the 2011 season, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to InsideMDSports.com.

Which means that Maryland is now in the market for a new head coach, and many people seem to think that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach will be the school's first choice.  Though, if that is the case, Leach would go to Maryland with a bit of excess baggage in his hands thanks to the lawsuit he currently has filed against Texas Tech for wrongful termination.

As for Friedgen, it seems the school was worried about how Friedgen could perform after possibly losing so many assistants, and was also worried about recruiting considering that Friedgen would be entering 2011 in the final year of a contract the school didn't seem interested in extending.  So Maryland figured it was better to move on now rather than spend another year in limbo.

At the moment Friedgen is still expected to coach Maryland in the Military Bowl, but it's not clear whether he'll retire, take a job in the Maryland athletic department, or look for employment elsewhere.
 
 
 
 
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