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The Latest On The Ole Miss Coaching Search

Before we sign off for the night, we wanted to bring you some of the news and rumors surrounding the head coaching job at Ole Miss.  We’ll start with the fan favorites.

Though Mike Leach and Gus Malzahn are likely at the top of most Rebel fans’ wish lists, we don’t believe either man will wind up in Oxford.  We’ve crossed Leach off the list because we don’t believe Ole Miss will even consider him for the job.  And we don’t believe Malzahn will have more interest in Ole Miss than he did Vanderbilt and Maryland last offseason.  Many people believe he’s ticketed for North Carolina anyway.

So where might UM turn?

* Mike Herndon of The Mobile Press-Register believes Archie Manning’s search committee should act boldly.  In his view Leach or Charlie Strong or Malzahn or Kirby Smart should be on the Rebel list.

* Art Briles of Baylor is starting to get some mentions in connection with the Ole Miss job.  Mac Engel of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that BU should toss Briles a raise in order to keep him in Waco.

* Doug Segrest of The Birmingham News believes Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians could wind up in the Ole Miss mix as well.  Arians has previously served as an assistant in the SEC and he was Peyton Manning’s quarterback coach during his rookie year in Indianapolis… thus the connection to Archie.

* Meanwhile, Louisiana-Lafeyette’s Mark Hudspeth says he’s “not been contacted” by UM officials and that he’s happy with the Ragin’ Cajuns.  Hudspeth is a Magnolia State native and a former assistant to Dan Mullen at Mississippi State.

* Hudspeth and fellow Sun Belt coach Hugh Freeze both have their programs — UL and Arkansas State, respectively — headed to bowl games this season.  Freeze is a former Ole Miss assistant under Ed Orgeron.

Among the names our sources continue to mention in connection with the Ole Miss job are: Briles from Baylor, Freeze from Arkansas State, Hudspeth from Louisiana-Lafayette, Sonny Dykes from Louisiana Tech, Larry Fedora from Southern Miss, and assistants Malzahn (Auburn), Smart (Alabama), and Manny Diaz (Texas by way of Mississippi State).

 


19 comments
UGA_Dawg_92
UGA_Dawg_92

Why not Terry Bowden? He'd love to get back to the SEC and is a great Coach. He has won everywhere he's been, can recruit and is the only coach I've ever seen successfully argue with officials and have a call reversed - because he knew the rules better than the officials.

D Sellers
D Sellers

As an olemiss fan we need someone with the balls to bring back the mascot ,song , and flag then you will have a winning football team that has something to be proud of who want to be a black bear.At one time the OLEMISS job was sought after by coaches bring back the oldays

Vested
Vested

Mike Leach all the way! He was awesome at Texas Tech - recruiting, competing, and winning against U. of Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State!. High graduation rates to boot. He'll bring lots of media attention. He'll make Ole Miss competitive in the SEC.

Rebel with a Cause
Rebel with a Cause

Leach or nobody. If Ole Miss doesn't try to get him, we are gutless. I will no longer be a season ticket holder if Ole Miss goes with anyone else. Light weight, no name, no experience, or "assistants with potential" need not apply. Hire a proven winner or I'm out!

Butch Palmer
Butch Palmer

Bobby Hall , pay him a Mil a year and win games immediatley. Give him a one year shot.

Rebel_Fan!
Rebel_Fan!

Butch Davis is the right guy for the job. Great recruiter and is looking for work because of bonehead assistants. Dont want anyone second hand coaches like Kirby Smart or Charlie Strong, Briles would be a waste of time, and I hate Urban Mayer. Butch Davis is the right guy for the job, if we pass on him, he will find work and we will be stuck thinking, why didnt we.

Johnny Cox
Johnny Cox

Ole Miss needs to find the best coach possible, and help him get the money and materials he needs to be a grfeat coach. I hope we can find another Johnny Vaught type of coach, and if OLe Miss puts out some serious money, they will come. It is a lot better to fork out millions to get a coach now, than to pay that money in a buyout later

StateSux
StateSux

Hopefully he wins more than 3 SEC-W games in 3 years....

OleMissSux
OleMissSux

Ole Miss is a coaching graveyard. My guess is that a less than impressive name surfaces as the favorite, and that his record at Ole Miss after a few seasons will be even less impressive than that. Should be fun to watch it play-out and then bomb.

OleMIss69
OleMIss69

Ole Miss will make another coach a millionaire then after 4 years of misery by their fans, and that coach, his resume will be ruined and he will relegated to an assistant somewhere. Ole Miss is a good stepping stone, check that ....slipping stone down.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Hugh Freeze. Before him, Arkansas State's best season EVER was 6-7. They are 9-2 right now, with a Sun Belt championship in his first year. Good ties to Ole Miss

Larry T
Larry T

Not sure where all the comments about the choices of Ole Miss fans. I am not an expert but I have a good touch to Ole Miss fan base and Gux Malzhan or Kirby Smart are not favorites of Ole Miss fans. Malzhan is just not proven enough and Smart is just not seen as that dynamic guy. The name that is picking up the most steam is Mark Hudspeth. As fans have become more familiar with him and his resume of work he is fast gaining steam. However with that being said Archie or Mike is not leaking information so pretty much anything printed here or anywhere is just guessing, speculation and want. I will guarantee you this much. It will be a total surprise when the annoucement comes forth. Thanks for your article, good work.

benzadawgfan
benzadawgfan

I know Hudspeth would be getting a big raise, and a much more prestigious job, but I wonder how he'd feel about it having been a State fan all of his life. If Mullen were to leave today, I'd be happy if coach HUD was the man to replace him. Good coach & good guy.

Palchez
Palchez

John, could you do a quick break-down on what sort of offenses these coaches are known for running/preferring? I'm of the opinion that Ole Miss needs a triple-option/5-wide sort of odd offense to keep pace the better armed Joneses.

Bill Rauhuff
Bill Rauhuff

Phillip Fulmer is rested and can quickly assemble a coaching staff

winston
winston

Hello Mrsec I really enjoy reading your site keep it up and happy Thanksgiving.Roll Tide.

train21reb
train21reb

Only coordinators I would want are Smart and Gus. But doubt either want the job.

So I say go with current head coach--Briles or Sumlin.

Alan Powell
Alan Powell

As a Houston grad and fan here is my take on the Houton connections. Briles only got mentioned in Texas papers. He may just be working Baylor for more $ and to retire there. He worked us for a rasie every year and took RGIII to a bottom of the conference team so he could retire after coaching in an AQ. He could of waited a year and got Tx Tech.
Sumlim, nope. We alreeady pay him pretty well, look at the pay list. Houston is less pressure and more fun. But when UCLA and Ohio State,if Urban isn't going to OSU, come calling, we may need a new coach. Sumlin has played or coached in the Big10, PAC10 and B12.
I am not saying he would never take an SEC job, that school is not setteled yet. Some other SEC schools would just fit him better and he is young and can wait.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I'd go with Briles out of that list.

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