Update at Nevada
UPDATE: Texas A&M special teams coordinator Brian Polian has been offered and is expected to accept the head coaching job at Nevada per Bruce Feldman.
Nevada is currently the only open FBS head job out there and there are a lot of people interested in (and openly campaigning for) the job.
Chris Ault is not leading the search technically; but he is serving as a significant advisor to the President. The University is using Todd Turner's search firm College Sports Associates to aid in the search and Chris Murray reported that Turner and the committee interviewed a number of candidates in Dallas late this week including Brian Polian, Chris Klenakis and Tom Mason.
It has been widely speculated within the coaching community that Jim Mastro would be the clear choice to succeed Ault and we had confirmed from sources at Nevada that the interest was very real from the University. Mastro, however is in a unique situation working for a great friend of his in Mike Leach.
We reached out to Mastro today and he said, "I'm very grateful to the University of Nevada for their interest in me becoming their next head coach. However, I made a commitment to my good friend Mike Leach and I intend to honor that commitment. I love working for Washington State University. I have provided my input to members of the community and trust they will make a wise selection."
We'll keep you posted on The Scoop as this one plays out. The University hopes to have their new head coach in place by Friday the 11th.