NCAA Football Coaching Carousel Update
Some jobs have been filled, but even more have opened up. Will there be yet another opening in South Bend?
The hottest name right now is Brian Kelly, the current head coach at Cincinnati. He's hot in Notre Dame circles, there's Washington buzz, and elsewhere. Where he ends up will have a definite impact on the remaining openings.
WHAT WE KNOW
Found their man in Lane Kiffin, who, along with his dad, Monte, will attempt to revive Vol nation. Was Brian Kelly offered this job first?
Retained their man in Dabo Swinney. He got the big wins down the stretch that he needed and earned the gig.
Brought back their man in Bill Snyder. Can lightning strike twice?
Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen will take over for recently released Joe Glenn.
WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW
Who will fill the vacancies at the following schools?
They appear to be making a run at Brian Kelly as well. However, one name keeps popping up on the radar...the recently interviewed Pat Hill. He's currently the head man at Fresno State, at least for now.
Could the once-proud Huskies seriously be considering a man who could possibly be let go by Fresno State? We know it didn't work when they jumped on Notre Dame's leftovers.
Other names still in the mix are Utah's Kyle Whittingham, TCU's Gary Patterson, USC's Steve Sarkisian, Texas Tech's Mike Leach (a long shot) and Boise State's Chris Petersen (although it seems highly unlikely he would make the move).
And names that appear to be out are Jim Mora, Gary Pinkel and Jeff Tedford.
The hot name is Wednesday's interviewee Oregon Offensive Coordinator Chip Kelly. What he's done with the Ducks the past two seasons has been remarkable and record breaking. And he's done it with five different starting quarterbacks, seven total getting significant time, and an eighth (the would-be 2008 starter) knocked out for the season.
Other names being spread around: Buffalo's Turner Gill (who should be the choice), East Carolina's Skip Holtz, Connecticut's Randy Edsall (rumors won't die) and Penn State's Tom Bradley.
Wasn't Sylvester Croom the 2007 SEC Coach of the Year? Now this?
New AD Greg Byrne has many ties to the Pac-10, particularly to the state of Oregon, where he worked for both the Ducks (with dad Bill) and the Beavers. Look for him to at least make a play for Boise State's Chris Petersen or Oregon's Chip Kelly.
However, the pick will more than likely come from the south, and the hot name right now is Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley, a former Nick Saban assistant and the son of former Georgia coaching great, Vince Dooley.
Would Phil Fulmer be interested? I doubt it.
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW
Why the following names aren't getting much play regarding the current openings: Ball State's Brady Hoke (the best coach in Indiana), Louisville's Ron English, UCLA's DeWayne Walker, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, Virginia Tech's Bud Foster (is he their coach-in-waiting?), BYU's Bronco Mendenhall, NY Jets' Brian Schottenheimer, or Florida's Dan Mullen.
WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW
Will Notre Dame be looking for a new head coach this time next week? And if so, is that why Brian Kelly passed on Tennessee? It wouldn't surprise me.
Is Auburn's Tommy Tuberville's job in jeopardy? What about Virginia's Al Groh?
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