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Just a few headlines for you concerning Vanderbilt’s coaching search as well as all the other searches that involve SEC coaches:

Dan Mullen

1.  Dan Mullen and Mississippi State officials have gone silent.  No texts, no phone calls.  (No lights, no motor cars.  Not a single luxury.)  State officials would not comment when asked by The Jackson Clarion-Ledger if Miami had asked for permission to talk to Mullen.

2.  Jorge Milian of The Palm Beach Post notes that Miami AD Kirby Hocutt has gone quiet, too.  He wonders if they could be “pow-wowing.”  He also says “a university source” told him last night not to expect a coaching hire in Coral Gables until next week… though that could change.

3. (a Rivals site) says Tommy Tuberville, Randy Edsall, Kevin Sumlin, Al Golden, Marc Trestman, Kyle Whittingham, Jim Harbaugh, Chris Peterson and Gary Patterson are also being vetted by Miami’s search committee. 

4.  The Miami Herald reports that “a UM person familiar with the search” said earlier this week that if Mullen “hadn’t been contacted already, he would be eventually.”


5. (the Rivals site for Temple) reported yesterday that Al Golden is not a candidate for coaching positions at Vanderbilt, Minnesota or Indiana, according to a source.  ( — a site that seems to siphon off info like this without providing links or credit to the original authors — has “confirmed” that Golden is not a candidate.)

6.  Tom Dienhart of reports that Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman will interview with Vanderbilt officials today.

7.  The Tennessean reported yesterday that Roman “shuns report of Friday interview,” but that story has since been removed.  It is not on the site as of 9:45am ET.

8.  The Sporting News reported yesterday that Vandy has interest in former Miami coach Randy Shannon.

9.  Meanwhile, this writer for “Nashville Scene” magazine explains how a new coach could “transform Vanderbilt into a scrappier, more exciting losing team.”

Jim McElwain

10.  Colorado is taking its time in naming Jon Embree head coach…

11.  But former Buffs coach Bill McCartney continues to spill the beans.  “Take it to the bank and hang your hat on it,” he said of Embree’s eminent hiring.  Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was a finalist for the CU job.

Les Miles

12.  Les Miles says he was never contacted by Colorado.  But Woody Paige of The Denver Post says Miles, Troy Calhoun and Mike Bellotti “didn’t feel a fit at CU.”  Does that mean those coaches were contacted and said they didn’t feel a fit… or that CU didn’t feel those guys were fits so they didn’t contact them?  Looking at CU’s final list of candidates, it’s evident they weren’t interested in spending Miles-type cash on a new coach.

Gus Malzahn

13.  In the pure speculation from a student newspaper department: If Malzahn accepted the Vanderbilt job he could reunite with offensive line coach Herb Hand with whom he worked at Tulsa in 2007.



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