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Coaching Carousel – Running Updates

Posted by Matt on December 11, 2007

Editor’s Note: I don’t feel like adding links for each one of these but most information has come from the Associated Press or ESPN. A BIG THANKS to Condo for help with the research and keeping the list accurate and up-to-date. Also, anything you read is considered only a possibility until an official announcement from the respective schools.

Updated: December 11, 2007 at 7:10 PM EST

If you’re like me then your head is about to explode trying to keep up with the movement among the coaching ranks in the past few weeks. Have no fear, however, as I am here to (attempt to) get the story straight.

Arkansas Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt resigned/was fired (November 26) after 10 seasons with the Razorbacks with no replacement being named at the moment.

  • UPDATE: (December 11) After unexpectedly resigning from his job with the Atlanta Falcons, former Louisville Cardinals Head Coach Bobby Petrino is supposedly negotiating a deal with Arkansas.
  • UPDATE: (December 4) After rumors of Tommy Tuberville and/or Tommy Bowden dancing in Fayeteville, both have signed extensions to stay at their respective schools — (Aurburn/Clemson)…
  • UPDATE: The rumor mill is churning once again and places current Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville in Arkansas sights…nothing confirmed yet but stay tuned as the game of musical chairs in the SEC may begin again…

MichiganLloyd Carr resigned (November 19) after 13 seasons as head coach of the Wolverines and it was believed that Les Miles, current head coach of the LSU Tigers, is the rumored front-runner for the job but it should also be noted that it is rumored that current Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English has already interviewed for the opening.

  • UPDATE: After supposedly talking to LSU Head Coach Les Miles again over the weekend (December 11), Lester has denied that he is going to Michigan and instead claims he is staying with LSU (after signing the extension, mind you).
  • UPDATE: Now being reported on is reports that LSU Head Coach Les Miles will be staying at LSU and will meet with the media at the Georgia Dome before the SEC Championship Game to announce this decision. The source also says that LSU associate athletic director Herb Vincent said Saturday morning that ESPN reports that Miles had accepted the head coaching position at Michigan were “inaccurate” and Miles agreed to a contract extension Saturday with LSU. God only knows what twists and turns are bound next for both the Michigan and LSU job situations, so stay tuned…
  • UPDATE: ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is reporting that LSU Head Coach Les Miles will accept the job later on next week and is also reporting that he will be taking Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator Jon Tenuta with him to become his defensive coordinator.
  • UPDATE: Michigan has formerly received permission to talk to LSU’ Les Miles regarding the position. Hopefully this doesn’t develop in to an extreme distraction for the Tigers but it is no doubt that, with all of the speculation, the month leading up to LSU’s Bowl game will be quite tough for Miles and Co.

Washington State – Bill Doba will no longer be the head coach for the Washington State football program (November 26) after five years at the helm. An announcement will be made in the next 24 hours but no replacement has been named.

  • UPDATE: (December 11) Former Washington State alumnus and now former Eastern Washington coach Paul Wulff has accepted the job as Head Coach of the Cougars.

Eastern Washington (December 11) Eastern Washington Head Coach Paul Wulff has accepted the job with his alma mater at Washington State to be their head man.

DukeDuke head man Ted Roof was fired by the university (November 26) after five years as their coach.

  • UPDATE: (December 11) Vanderbilt Head Coach Bobby Johnson has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Duke job.
  • UPDATE: (December 10) Former UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell has been supposedly spotted on Duke’s campus.

Florida State (December 10) It was announced that current Seminole Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher will follow current Head Coach Bobby Bowden when he either retires or…dies.

Southern MississippiSouthern Miss fired head coach Jeff Bower (November 26) after 17 seasons as head coach.

  • UPDATE: (December 8) Southern Miss has hired former Oklahoma State Offensive Coordinator Larry Fedora as their new Head Coach.

Navy(December 8) After losing Paul Johnson to Georgia Tech, the Naval Academy has hired former assistant Ken Niumatalolo as the their new Head Coach.

Georgia Tech Chan Gailey was fired (November 26) as head coach of Georgia Tech after six seasons and Navy coach Paul Johnson and Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher among the names leading for the job as well as current Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.

  • UPDATE: (December 7) Georgia Tech has hired former Navy Head Coach Paul Johnson to replace Chan Gailey.

Houston: With former head coach Art Briles making the move to Baylor (November 28), Houston is shopping for a new coaching staff and has former Cougars’ coach Jack Pardee in their sites with former Houston quarterback and NFL dud David Klingler in talks as Pardee’s offensive coordinator. Nothing is official yet, however…

Auburn: After being rumored to be a target of Arkansas, head coach Tommy Tuberville signed an extension to stay on as the Tigers’ head man…

Clemson: Like Tuberville, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden has signed an extension to stay put with his current employer…

UCLAUCLA is reportedly looking for a new head coach to replace Karl Dorrell (December 3)…no official word but the rumor is Dorrell is out. Current UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker being among the possible candidates as well as Boise State head man Chris Petersen, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, and former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci.

Nebraska Nebraska fired head coach Bill Callahan (November 24) after four seasons as head man and it seems as if LSU defensive coordinator Nebraska assistant Bo Pelini and Buffalo coach and former Nebraska assitant Turner Gill are among the top names to replace Callahan.

  • UPDATE: LSU Defensive Coordinator Bo Pelini (December 2) has been accepted as the new head coach of the ‘Huskers…
  • UPDATE: At 10:45 EST on November 30th, sources at ESPN (most notably Pat Forde) have come out and said that Nebraska interim athletic director Tom Osborne has selected LSU Defensive Coordinator Bo Pelini to be the next head coach at the University of Nebraska. More details on the contract as they come in…
  • UPDATE: In the meantime, interim athletic director Tom Osborne is now also the interim head coach for recruiting purposes. More to come…
  • UPDATE: Nebraska has likely narrowed (November 28) the search to the aforementioned Pelini and Gill with Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe and Navy’s Paul Johnson very distance 3rd and 4th candidates.

BaylorThe Baylor Bears fired head coach Guy Morriss after five years at the helm (November 18). They contacted current San Francisco 49er assistant coach and former Baylor Bear and Chicago Bear great Mike Singletary, who was interviewed when guy was hired, but Singletary has since turned down the job. I have heard on a couple of occasions now that current Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora is rumored to be the next stand-ins at Baylor. It also has been reported that University of Houston head coach Art Briles has received permission to interview with Baylor and is a possible candidate for the position.

  • UPDATE: Art Briles has accepted the position (November 28) as Baylor’s head coach
  • UPDATE: The rumor mill has it that Houston head coach Art Briles (November 27) will accept the Baylor position for 10 years at $1.8M per year.

Ole Miss The Rebels fired head coach Ed Orgeron (November 24) after three seasons coaching in Mississippi.

  • UPDATE: It has been reported that several hours after resigning as head coach at Arkansas, Houston Nutt (November 27) has accepted the head coaching position at Ole Miss. A news conference has been slated for 1 PM EST to announce Nutt’s hiring.

Northern Illinois Head coach Joe Novak is expected to announce his retirement later today (November 26).

Kentucky Amidst rumors of an impending retirement, Wildcats’ head coach Rich Brooks announced (November 26) that he is staying in Lexington and still maintains his goal of being Kentucky’s longest tenured coach ever, a goal that he set forth when he was hired.

Colorado StateThe university has offered head coach Sonny Lubick the associate athletic director’s position but has declined to add if he has been fired or has resigned yet. Lubick has coached State for 15 seasons.

LouisvilleAfter being on the hot seat for the majority of the season, Cardinals’ head coach Steve Kragthorpe announced that he was for sure staying on at the University as their head coach. Rumors still abound that he may be fired, but I seriously doubt it.

Texas A&MHead coach Dennis Franchione resigned (November 23) after five years of being head coach of the Aggies. Texas A&M has since hired former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman.

Southern Methodist (SMU) Head coach Phil Bennett was fired by Southern Methodist (October 28) with few names being linked to the position with just a small rumor of current Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe that was quickly squashed by Steve himself. Former Colorado coach Gary Barnett has publicly eyed the SMU job but no hire has been made.

Commentary (Old):

Houston Nutt at Arkansas probably surprises me the most thus far and mostly because of the timing. I know there have been plenty of problems down in Arkansas but after an 8-4 season with a Heisman candidate on the team and before the Bowl games have been selected let alone played. This remains to be seen if this hurts Arkansas post-season hopes or their post-season performance. What say you?

Also, drop a line in the comments if I have missed anyone or if you think I should add someone, or some school, to this list.


5 Responses to “Coaching Carousel – Running Updates”

  1. Rick Neuheisel in Oxford would be comedy gold.

  2. Matt,

    This just came in to the TNB bureau in Memphis. Bill Doba is out at Washington State.

  3. Matt said

    Looks like its Nutt in Oxford, TBST…

    Still likely comedy gold, though, right?

    Thanks for the comment, man, and keep up the obviously wicked-good work over at LWS!


  4. Aedhelgrim said

    I’m glad to see The Nutt staying in the SEC. One of the craziest sons of bitches in the SEC, and I would’ve missed that guy. Still, that means that Ole Miss won’t be an easy win every season. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. :)

  5. Matt said

    lol, The Nutt…I like it.

    A weird situation for sure…


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