Tag:Coaching Rumors
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:45 pm

Ralph Friedgen on way out at Maryland?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's an interesting twist to what's going on with the Maryland football team.  On Friday it was made official that James Franklin, the school's head coach-in-waiting, was leaving to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt.  Now, depending on how you want to interpret the words of Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, it's starting to sound like Ralph Friedgen could be on the way out at Maryland as well.

During a teleconference on Friday, Anderson was asked about Freidgen's future, to which he replied he'll "sit down and everybody will understand where we're going...with the program.  At this point I'm not going to answer that question."  Which, on it's own, isn't exactly the most encouraging answer you can hear from your boss if your Ralph Friedgen.

What makes it worse?

A month ago Anderson said that Friedgen would be back. Now he's suddenly changed his mind.  To make things even more interesting, even though Friedgen hasn't been let go -- and at this point you almost have to think he will be -- people are already speculating on who his replacement will be.  The popular pick seems to be the one and only Mike Leach.

Would Leach be interested in the gig?  Of course he would be, he's come out and said he'd be interested in any job that was offered to him.  I'd be interested in seeing it happen as well, because it could lead to some teenage mutant ninja pirates, and if there is anything in this world cooler than some kind of hybrid ninja pirate, then I sure as hell haven't thought of it yet.
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 8, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:43 pm

Life as a Mississippi State fan

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Urban Meyer stepping down at Florida does not just affect the Gators football program.  No, it can be felt throughout the SEC, specifically at a school like Mississippi State.  Though it's still early in the process, you can bet that former Florida coordinator and current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's name will be coming up as a replacement for Meyer in Gainesville.

Which is just the latest twist in the roller coaster ride that Mississippi State fans have been on for the last few weeks.  Now, I could sum it all up in words, but words are boring.  So instead I present to you "Life As A Mississippi State Fan" in MS Paint.  Because pictures are worth a thousand words, so get ready for like 1,400 more words.

Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:51 pm

Gruden doesn't seem interested in Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

What a whirlwind few days it's been down in South Beach.  We've gone from Jon Gruden is the next head coach at Miami to Jon Gruden isn't interested in Miami to Jon Gruden is interested in Miami after all and then to the final details are being hammered out.  You know, unless there's a "glitch" in the proceedings.

Well, our next turn on the Gruden rollercoaster provides such a glitch.  According to the Miami Herald, Gruden did in fact meet with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Wednesday morning, but it doesn't look like he's going to be accepting any offer anytime soon.

"Gruden was cordial," a member of the Miami Board of Trustees told the paper. "He listened to everything UM had to say but no offer was made. He said he didn't want to go further because he is keeping all his options open, including the NFL.

"He didn't say yes. He didn't say no. But in effect, it's probably a no because it will take months before the NFL jobs come open and UM can't wait that long.''

In other words, Mr. Gruden appreciates your interest, and he's flattered, but he's just not interested in Miami.  But don't worry, it's not you, Miami, it's him.  You see, this guy considers himself more of an NFL guy.  Sure, he showed up to see if you were willing to pony up so much money that he'd be stupid not to accept, but you didn't, and now he'll move on to his next NFL payday.*

Don't get your feelings hurt.  It's just business.

*Cue the 'Canes faithful who haven't quite accepted this yet to start with the "It's just a negotiating ploy!"
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:08 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 9:09 pm

Report: Gruden and Miami close to deal

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that the dance between Jon Gruden and Miami may not be done after all.  Two days after Gruden released a statement saying that he was happy with his current job at ESPN, a report on Canesport.com says that Gruden and Miami are very close to a deal.  In fact, the report says that the two sides are basically just hammering out the final details.
Sources have told CaneSport that final details are being hammered out and, barring a last minute glitch, Jon Gruden will be the next Miami Hurricanes football coach.

The report also says that if Gruden is hired, his brother Jay Gruden will be brought on as his offensive coordinator, and that the deal could be announced as early as Wednesday.

Still, the phrase from the report that stands out to me is "barring a last-minute glitch."  That leaves an awful lot of leeway should this not come to fruition.  Especially since this is the same site that pronounced Dan Mullen "Option 1A" earlier on Tuesday.

If I were a Miami fan, i wouldn't go getting my hopes up or start trying to sell Chuckie dolls in Miami jerseys just yet.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:34 pm

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So yesterday I told you about Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen saying that he hasn't been contacted by any schools about any head coaching jobs. He also went on to say that he is happy at Mississippi State.  Well, I also said that just because Mullen hasn't been contacted yet, that doesn't mean he won't be contacted in the near future, and that he'd be dumb not to consider any offers.

Well, bad news, Mississippi State fans.  Those sleepless nights are upon you, as according to a report on CaneSport.com, Mullen is option 1A in the Miami coaching search.

Sources have told CaneSport that they think that is Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt's ultimate vision if he can land Mullen or Gruden when they have conversations Tuesday and/or Wednesday and one of those two guys is hired as Miami's head coach.

Gruden has publicly denied interest in the job and there are questions whether Miami will have the budget to pacify a coach of Gruden's stature. At the same time, others are saying that budget issues have already been worked out and that Gruden is on the brink of being introduced as the new leader of Miami football. The Gruden speculation has created one of the craziest 48 hours in UM coaching search history. 

So right now, we are going to call Mullen and Gruden 1A and 1B and predict one of the two will land the job.

Seriously, Miami!  Let the dream of Gruden go!  Why would a coach that could get something like $5 million annually in a return to the NFL as a head coach accept $3 million to coach at Miami?  Not only would he make more money in the NFL, but he wouldn't have to recruit and he wouldn't have to deal with 18-year old kids.

Focus on Mullen.  He's just as good of an option as Gruden, if not better.  After all, we already know that Dan Mullen can do a good job on the college level, look at what he's done in the toughest conference in the country, in the toughest division.  Gruden has never been the head coach of a major college football program.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:07 pm

Phillip Fulmer a candidate at Minnesota?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A new name has emerged in the Minnesota head coaching search.  According to a tweet from Tom Dienhart , former Tennessee head coach and current CBS college football analyst Phillip Fulmer is a candidate for the job.

How seriously we should take this, I'm not sure yet.  Fulmer has made it known that while he enjoys the television work, his ultimate goal is to get back into coaching, which is why his name has surfaced in recent coaching searches at Notre Dame , Louisville and even back in Knoxville over the last year.

You also have to wonder if, at the age of 60, Fulmer would want to take on the task of rebuilding a football program at Minnesota that isn't exactly used to success over the last 40 years.  There's also the question of whether Minnesota would want to hire a 60-year old coach as well, or if they'd prefer a younger target.

Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 6:13 pm

What lies in Will Muschamp's future?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Over the weekend, reports began trickling out from an unnamed Texas source that the university might encourage Mack Brown to retire, jump starting the Will Muschamp era in Austin.  The legitimacy of the report has been questioned by several reliable outlets, but it has raised a discussion from the national scene that offers another explanation for forcing out Brown.

Mack Brown has done nothing to deserve a forced retirement, the frustations of 3-2 start do not erase the success of 2008 and 2009 which finished with the Longhorns hanging with Alabama sans Colt McCoy.  Brown is well-liked around Texas, and it is thought that he would like to stay at Texas to see quarterback Garrett Gilbert through his senior year.  The concern is not with Brown's inability to coach the team, but rather securing Muschamp, the current coach-in-waiting, as the next head man in Austin.

Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman made the point that with Georgia's current woes, it would not be unlikely if they come to call on the Bulldogs Alumnus to lead their team in event of a Mark Richt firing/resignation.  Richt, who seems to be on a "lukewarm" seat annually, has largely avoided job security issues in recent years with winning seasons, BCS bowl berths, and national rankings.  But with a 1-4 start, the Mark Richt Hot Seat meme is in full effect in Athens.  In the event that the job opens, Tramel could see Muschamp as a great fit in Athens.

But it would make perfect sense for Muschamp to go to Georgia job, which is a great job and a great fit for Muschamp. Muschamp, 39, grew up in Rome, Ga., and was a walkon safety at Georgia before entering coaching. Muschamp was a successful defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn, so his SEC roots run deep.

If Muschamp wants the Texas job, he still could take the Georgia job. Go to Georgia, do well and Texas will come calling when Brown decides to quit. Muschamp is incredibly popular in Texas, which is why some think he should be elevated at Brown’s expense.

Forcing Brown out now becomes less about the current state of Longhorns football, and more about preparing for the future.  Texas invested heavily (literally) in Muschamp as the next coach of the Longhorns, and losing him just a few years before Brown's probable retirement would be a devastating loss for the program.  Muschamp has turned down head coaching offers in years past, most notably the Tennessee opening this past offseason, but the appeal of coaching your Alma mater is a different threat to Texas.  

Of course, Richt still has time to salvage what is left of the season in Athens, or he could very well be given another chance.  His .746 winning percentage, two conference titles, and a 7-2 bowl record in nine seasons would be able to protect most coaches in the event of a disaster season.  But the expectations are higher at Georgia, and many fans are frustrated with the Bulldogs' inability to contend for a national championship.  

But for now all the major players are still employed, and unless something drastic happens in Athens, there is little reason to believe any major moves will be made in Austin.

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