Monday November 16, 2009
Hamline University (D3): Hamline is looking to hire a defensive coordinator.
UNLV: We hear UNLV will likely talk with Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Rick Stockstill: MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill said today that Memphis has requested to talk, but that he has not interviewed and is fully concentrating on this week's opponent.
Jon Gruden: According to ProFootballTalk, "Gruden has signed an exclusive multi-year contract extension with ESPN and Monday Night Football. Though the release is silent in this regard, the implicit message is that Gruden is off the market, not only for other broadcasting jobs but also for coaching jobs. Then again, it's possible that another term of the contract -- compensation -- has prompted ESPN to pay Gruden the same amount of money he'd make as an NFL coach."
Adrian College: Our sources tell us that Jim Deere has been promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach at Adrian College.
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UNLV: Our sources tell us that two names that will be connected with the UNLV head coaching search are California offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and Notre Dame assistant Rob Ianello. Ianello serves as the assistant head coach / wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator. Although we haven't heard Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker's name yet, our guess is that UNLV will likely talk with Banker. We will be working to find out more on the UNLV job throughout the week.
Notre Dame: According to Monday edition of the Chicago Sun Times newspaper, "If athletic director Jack Swarbrick decides Weis' Notre Dame career is over after his fifth season, a source said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will be in the mix to replace him. The source said Stoops has told confidants he would be interested in talking to the Irish."
Portland State: Portland State athletic director Torre Chisholm on Sunday said he is disappointed with the lack of progress the Vikings' football program has made in three seasons under Jerry Glanville, but that he hasn't decided whether to fire the head coach or bring him back for the final season of his four-year contract.
Chisholm said widespread speculation that he already was committed to ousting Glanville was inaccurate. He repeated that he planned to meet with Glanville Monday to discuss the program and that any decisions wouldn't be made until at least then.
"At this point, I haven't ruled anything out. We're committed to being a successful athletic program. Obviously, we can't ever achieve that if football is where it currently is, so we have to figure out how we make football better and how we make it a competitive program in the Big Sky."
Glanville is scheduled to earn $180,000 next season.
Sunday November 15, 2009
Memphis: We are hearing Duke defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre phone interviewed for the Memphis head coaching job.
UNLV: Head coach Mike Sanford will not return as head coach. Athletic director Jerry Koloskie confirmed Sunday night that Sanford will coach the Rebel's last regular season game against San Diego State.
San Jose State: FootballScoop has learned that San Jose State head coach informed his team this afternoon that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
Adrian College: We are hearing that Jim Lyall is out as head coach after 20 years at Adrian College.
Coach Phil Fulmer: Our sources tell us that a former assistant under Fulmer is saying, "He's getting back in. He's almost certain to get that job." The job we are referring to is one that is expected to open at the end of the season.
Memphis: We are hearing Tennessee running backs / special teams coordinator Eddie Gran interviewed for the Memphis head coaching job today.
Bethel College (KS): Head coach Mike Moore has resigned. Defensive coordinator Travis Graber has been named interim head coach.
Clemson: Dabo Swinney will get paid if Clemson wins ACC. Link...
Stanford: Stanford is close to finalizing Coach Jim Harbaugh's contract extension, which was put on hold last winter.
The three-year extension Harbaugh agreed to a year ago would run through the 2014 season. It was reportedly worth $1.25 million annually, making him the highest-paid coach in Stanford history.
"I expect that we'll have an announcement soon,'' Cardinal athletic director Bob Bowlsby said following Stanford's 55-21 victory over USC.
Told that Stanford fans are concerned that Harbaugh, one of the hottest coaches in the country, might be pursued by Michigan (his alma mater) or an NFL team, Bowlsby said:
"Jim's not going anyplace. No one should panic. Jim wants to be at Stanford ... I think he'll tell you the same thing.''
Asked about the status of his contract extension, Harbaugh smiled but declined to comment.
Notre Dame: Asked if economics would play a role in the decision to retain or fire Weis, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick firmly told Sporting News, "No."
Should Notre Dame fire Weis, it will owe him $18 million for the remaining six years on his contract, sources told SN, and more than $1 million for the guaranteed contracts of his assistant coaches.
"I evaluate programs at the end of the season," Swarbrick said. "I don't evaluate coaches, I evaluate programs."
Friday November 13, 2009
Western Kentucky: We are hearing that Wood Selig did contact former WKU head coach Jack Harbaugh to gauge his interest in returning to WKU. We do not believe Harbaugh is a legitimate candidate, but our source (close to Harbaugh) did mention to us that contact has been made. The other name we are now hearing from more than one source is Elon University head coach Pete Lembo. Lembo is the former Lehigh head coach that has built the Elon progam into a Southern Conference leader.
Memphis: The Memphis Commericial-Appeal writes this morning, "Five names -- Larry Porter, Rick Stockstill, Terry Bowden, Gunter Brewer and Bud Foster -- have emerged as leading candidates to become the next University of Memphis football coach, according to sources close to the process." None of the candidates have interviewed.
FootballScoop is hearing that FedEx CEO Fred Smith is very excited about two candidates in particular -- Gunter Brewer and Larry Porter. Our source tells us that Memphis athletic director RC Johnson has leaned on Lou Holtz for advice during the search process.
An interesting side note -- sources tell FootballScoop that Tommy West actually offered Gunter Brewer the offensive cooridnator job when West initially took over as head football coach at Memphis over 9 years ago.
Thursday November 12, 2009
Maine: Athletic director Blake James has signed a 2-year contract extension through the 2011-2012 athletic year.
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Wednesday November 11, 2009
Memphis: Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster stated this afternoon, "That might be a job I might be interested in. I think there's a lot of things that are attractive about it."
Tabor College (KS): Head coach Mike Gottsch resigned this afternoon.
University of Indianapolis: After 16 years on the job, Joe Polizzi has resigned as head coach.
Western Kentucky: Our sources tell us that WKU has interest in talking with Willie Taggart and Paul Petrino. Taggart is a former WKU player that is now coaching the running backs at Stanford University under Jim Harbaugh. Petrino is the OC / wide receivers coach at Arkansas.
Memphis: According to Joyce Peterson of MyEyeWitnessNews.com out of Memphis, "There is no bigger U of M booster than FedEx CEO Fred Smith. He is passionate about the game of football. He donates generously to the university. And with his son Cannon joining the team next year, sources tell myEyewitnessNews.com that Smith is absolutely, positively ready to deliver a 747-sized cash infusion into the Tigers football program."
Peterson writes, "His goal now, according to sources, is to hire a talented coach and build top facilities that will attract star players to the school. Smith, they say, wants a complete transformation of the U of M football program."
Arkansas State: We were told from a reliable source that the Arkansas State administration isn't happy with this season's results, but the administration is very supportive of head coach Steve Roberts. We were told that Roberts will be returning as head coach.
Texas State: Head coach Brad Wright is in the last year of his 3-year contract. Many Texas State people are wondering if AD Larry Teis will offer a contract extension.