Saturday November 28, 2009
Florida State: Bowden stated after the game that he has to do "some soul searching." ESPN's Mark Schlabach is reporting a decision could come as early as Monday or Tuesday. FSU officials will meet with Bowden and Jimbo Fisher in the next 48 hours.
Tampa Bay Bucs: Jim Bates did not travel with the team to Atlanta. Head coach Raheem Morris is not sure if Bates will stick around with the organization after being demoted early in the week.
Gavilan CC (CA): Gavilan has a defensive line job open.
Memphis: FootballScoop has just learned that Memphis is not hiring Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray. Our sources tell us it's Larry Porter from LSU.
Akron: FootballScoop has just confirmed that head coach JD Brookhart will not return.
Louisville: FootballScoop has learned just moments ago that Steve Kragthorpe has been dismissed. Our sources tell us that Phil Fulmer is certainly in the mix and will be considered strongly by AD Tom Jurich.
Friday November 27, 2009
Portland State: Willamette head coach Mark Speckman will interview on Monday. San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges is expected to interview next week. Others that could be interviewing next week include Stan Brock, Nigel Burton (Nevada DC), ang Greg Lupfer (Cal Poly DC).
SMU: We hear June Junes has agreed to a contract extension through 2014.
Notre Dame: We are hearing that Notre Dame officials have been gathering information on former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick.
Tulane: Our sources tell us that head coach Bob Toledo will keep all of his current assistant coaches. We hear that Toledo does plan to appoint a current assistant as the team's special teams coordinator.
UNLV: We are hearing that the UNLV administration isn't sure about the route they want to go with the new head coach. Our sources tell us the administration has even asked for the input and advice from basketball coach Lon Kruger. Three names we hear the administration has talked about are Dennis Franchione, Andy Ludwig, and Ed Orgeron.
Hiram College: Bob Wolfe has announced that he is retiring as head coach.
Sam Houston State: According to one Texas newspaper this morning, "Some possible applicants being mentioned are Tarleton State coach Sam McElroy, Louisiana-Lafayette defensive coordinator Kevin Fouquier, Central Missouri coach Willie Fritz and Pittsburgh linebackers coach Joe Tumpkin. All but Tumpkin applied for the Sam Houston job along with Whitten in 2005."
Thursday November 26, 2009
Georgia Southern: We are hearing that Georgia Southern has offered the job to GA Tech assistant Jeff Monken. Monken coaches the slot backs and serves as the special teams coordinator at Tech. He is a former GSU assistant under Paul Johnson. If Monken accepts, it will be interesting to see if Paul Johnson asks corners coach Charles Kelly to assume the special teams coordinator position. Kelly did a fine job as the special teams coordinator under Chan Gailey.
Colorado: Dan Hawkins will return as head coach. Colorado's AD confirmed today.
Wednesday November 25, 2009
Portland State: We are hearing that Portland State interviewed Kevin Strasser yesterday afternoon. Strasser is currently serving as the OC with the Edmonton Eskimos. He is a former Portland State assistant.
Colorado: A local reporter in Denver is reporting that two sources within the program have told him that head coach Dan Hawkins has told his staff that after meetings with the University's Chancellor that he "has the understanding that he is safe for another year".
Jackson State: Offensive coordinator James Woody will not return. Offensive line coach Bruce Johnson will not return.
Memphis: We are hearing that Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray has a few names he is interested in hiring if he does indeed accept the Memphis head coaching job. Gray, who is a former Texas Longhorn player, would like to hire Major Applewhite (Texas running backs / assistant head coach) as his OC. Our sources tell us Applewhite is not interested in the job. We do hear that Gray could offer a defensive job to former Kent State head coach (1991-93) Pete Cordelli. Cordelli last coached on the college level at Western Michigan in 2002. We are also hearing that Gray will offer a position to Washington Redskins defensive quality control Arthur Smith. Lambuth's Hugh Freeze could also land a position on Gray's staff.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills have contacted Mike Shanahan.
Bethune-Cookman: We have heard Carl Crennel's name mentioned.
Tuesday November 24, 2009
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Furman: Our sources tell us Furman head coach Bobby Lamb is expected to return.
Tampa Bay Bucs: We are hearing the Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson has signed a contract extension. Olson was serving in the last year of his contract.
Youngstown State: Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini isn't saying whether he is or isn't interested in the vacant head coaching job at Youngstown State in Ohio. Asked about the job after Tuesday's practice, Pelini said, "I'm not even thinking about that right now. I'm thinking of Colorado."
The 44-year-old Pelini is the older brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. The Pelinis are natives of Youngstown, and Carl earned his undergraduate degree at Youngstown State. The school is looking for a successor to Jon Heacock. The Vindicator newspaper of Youngstown reported Heacock's salary as $125,000 a year. Pelini makes $208,360 at Nebraska.
Memphis: ‘‘The one thing I want to make clear - absolutely, positively clear - is we are not going to do anything before the last (regular-season) game,'' AD RC Johnson said. ‘‘It's not fair to the coaches and it's not fair to the players.''
Bethune-Cookman: We hear St. Paul's College defensive coordinator Kevin Grigsby is interesting in the Bethune-Cookman job. Grigsby is a Bethune-Cookman graduate.
Itawamba CC: We are hearing ICC has talked to several candidates on the phone, but formal interviews will begin soon for the head coaching job.
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West Alabama: Our sources tell us that defensive coordinator Andy Greening has left the program. We hear Greening will be joining the staff at Northwest JC in Mississippi.
Livingstone College: We hear interim head coach Eric Brown has interviewed.
Livingstone College: We have heard that several interviews took place on Monday. Our source tells us that Cheyney University wide receivers coach Chris Roulac along with Linwood Ferguson are 2 candidates certainly in the mix. Ferguson is the former OC at Eastern Kentucky.
Bethune-Cookman: We hear Norfolk State's Jeff Parker and Linwood Ferguson are interested in the Bethune-Cookman job. Our sources tell us a ton of people are applying for this job.
DePauw University: Robby Long has been announced as the new head coach. Long's "interim" tag has been taken off after doing a great job this season.
Evangel University: Our sources are telling us that Western State defensive coordinator Brenton Illum has just accepted this morning the head coaching job at Evangel University.
Memphis: Our sources close to Memphis and Fred Smith tell us that Memphis is close to offering the head coaching job to Washington Redskins assistant Jerry Gray. We hear Gray is interviewing today and the candidates will know a decision tomorrow. Another source has informed us that Gray is currently in a meeting with Memphis AD RC Johnson.
North Texas: "I really don't know," Dodge said of what his future at UNT might be. "I will sit down with coach Villarreal (AD) when the season is over with. At this point I don't know. He will let me know."
Kentucky: "As far as whether I'm coming back next year, I'm like that old Energizer bunny; I might need some batteries recharged, but we'll talk about that at the appropriate time," Rich Brooks said.
But Brooks became irate when another reporter tried to follow up on the issue.
"You know what? I'm not going to answer anything about that anymore," Brooks said. "I'm going to talk about Tennessee. None of that junk. This is not the appropriate forum. We have a huge game with a lot at stake, and we'll address those issues at the appropriate time."
By the way, has anybody noticed the outstanding job Brooks and his staff have done this season? We have!
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UNLV: UCLA senior associate AD Ross Bjork is in the running for the UNLV AD job.
Tampa Bay Bucs: Head coach Raheem Morris is demoting defensive coordinator Jim Bates to an advisor role. Bates will remain with the team through the end of the season. Morris is taking over the defense.
Sam Houston State: One of the newspapers in Texas says this morning, "Some candidates who could be considered for replacing Whitten include Abilene-Christian's Chris Thomsen, West Texas A&M's Don Carthel, and Blinn College's Brad Franchione, Jr." We will have our guys start making some calls to find out more names.
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