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Morning Coaching Carousel Update

A quick update on some coaching moves across the SEC:


Has Vic Koenning accepted the defensive coordinator job at Illinois or not?  ESPN’s Joe Schad reported last night via Twitter that Koenning was “now close to deal to become Georgia’s DC, changing from Illinois.”  Little more than an hour later he tweeted “ reports Vic Koenning will land in Illinois after changing mind twice.”

Illinois HAS called a press conference for this afternoon to announce Koenning’s arrival.  He will reportedly be paid $500,000 per year on a two-year deal.

So, did Mark Richt up the ante for Koenning and almost get his guy?  Did Koenning simply play one school against the other until he got the biggest paycheck for himself?

Either way, it appears that three people (Bud Foster, Kirby Smart and Koenning) have already turned down UGA’s defensive coordinator position.

UPDATE — Two new names to toss onto the potential coordinators list: former Virginia head coach and long-time NFL assistant Al Groh and UAB defensive coordinator Eric Schumann.


Former Tennessee and NFL assistant Kippy Brown HAS been hired for a return engagement in Knoxville.  As we told you a couple of days ago, he will be the Vols’ receivers coach as well as passing game coordinator.

According to Lane Kiffin: “This is a great day for Tennessee football.  When hiring assistant coaches you sometimes feel like you hit a home run.  By bringing Kippy back to the Tennessee family, I feel like we hit a grand slam.”

Brown will most likely make more money than departing receivers coach Frank Wilson.  If so, this big-name hire could mean one of three things:

1.  Tennessee is prepared to pay more to its staff this year  to maintain its place at the top of assistant coaching salary mountain…

2.  UT will spend less money for it’s replacement for departed running backs coach Eddie Gran…

or 3.  This could be a signal that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney does intend to try to return to the NFL after the Vols’ bowl game.

UPDATE — Also, as we’ll detail below, things are starting to move at UNLV and no one is mentioning the name of Ed Orgeron as a head coaching candidate for that school.  That has been rumored in East Tennessee for a few weeks, but it appears that there’s nothing to it.  Now.


San Jose State has finally announced the hiring of new head coach Mike MacIntyre, who had been Duke’s defensive coordinator.  That should put to bed any chances that UA offensive coordinator Jim McElwain might pull a Koenning, flip-flop and wind up at SJSU.  McElwain reportedly pulled his name out of the race the Spartans’ job earlier this week.

McElwain IS listed as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at UNLV.  It looks like Jim Livengood from Arizona will be hired as the Runnin’ Rebels new athletic director, which could mean that Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes will be on the candidate list, too.  However, there are rumblings from the desert that UNLV wants to go with a head coach rather than gamble on an assistant.  (‘Cause you shouldn’t gamble in Vegas.)  Former Alabama coach Dennis Franchione has been pushing hard for this job.  Former Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter has also been mentioned.


New assistants Billy Gonzalez and Frank Wilson have been cleared to begin coaching in Baton Rouge.  How?  New Memphis head coach (and former LSU running backs coach) Larry Porter won’t be able to coach the Tigers in the Capital One Bowl.


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