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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
Thursday: Coaches Quick Hits

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
Wednesday: Coaches Quick Hits

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.

JOB POSTING:

Bemidji State University (MN): has an opening for a defensive graduate assistant position coaching in the secondary for the 2010 & 2011 seasons.  Annual salary of $8,500 and benefits including 12 semester credits of tuition, out-of-state fees waived, shared office, computer with internet & e-mail capabilities provided. Candidates should send resume to Coach Rich Jahner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 218-755-3898.  More info available at www.bemidjistate.edu/football and http://faculty.bemidjistate.edu/ckippenhan/MSSportStudies/
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Tuesday November 10, 2009
Tuesday: Coaches Quick Hits

Tennessee State: Just minutes ago, FootballScoop has learned that Tennessee State head coach James Webster will not return as head coach.

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier said today, "Again, I hope and plan to go three or four more years. We'll see what happens. Obviously, the president and the AD and all that decides on who coaches, but hopefully we've got some guys that are really going to help us on the way. We have a good coaching staff here and so forth."

Spurrier also said he will increase his role with play calling the rest of the season.

Western Kentucky: Romeo Crennel, a WKU alum, said today that he would be flattered if contacted by WKU officials.  Crennel said he has not been contacted as of this afternoon. The former Cleveland Browns head coach did not want to discuss his level of interest in the job.

Western New Mexico: Our sources tell us that defensive coordinator Ronnie Heard resigned this evening.
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Memphis: FootballScoop has just learned that the next head coach at University of Memphis could very well be Lou Holtz.  One source tell us Holtz is a major factor in the coaching search.  A second source has led us to believe Holtz is certainly involved.  Interestingly enough, Holtz was part of the ESPN broadcast crew in Memphis just 2 weeks ago for the East Carolina vs. Memphis game.

Memphis: Not that it's surprising, FootballScoop has confirmed that Tommy Tuberville and Philip Fulmer are not candidates. Also, Memphis local media continue to talk about Gus Malzahn, but our sources tell us Memphis does not plan to consider the Auburn offensive coordinator.

Colorado State: Peterson, in his first interview since being demoted as CSU's offensive coordinator to recruiting coordinator last week, said Monday, "We're still in discussion on what direction we'll go." As for what prompted the move by coach Steve Fairchild, the man who hired him, Peterson said: "I can't really answer that, or don't know that answer. I think there's really only one gentleman who knows that, and that would be Steve. I would like to leave it at that."

College Coaches Salaries: USA TODAY report. Link...

San Jose State: Athletic director Tom Bowen said Monday that "Dick has my full support" but declined to comment on what lies ahead.

Asked about his plans, Tomey said: "We're going to try to win the last four, and then we'll see what happens.''
Michigan: Michigan AD Bill Martin says, "Rich is an outstanding coach. There is no question he's got my total support. I think the world of that guy. Is he perfect in every respect? Nobody is. But he works hard. He'll get it right."

"It was a very emotion-filled time for Rich and myself after the game," said Martin, who said the Purdue loss was particularly hard to bear. "He helped me, I helped him (after the game). I think this loss was hard on all of us. It was hard on Rich, it was hard on me.

"But this guy is a winner. This guy's not used to losing."
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