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Monday SEC Coaching Rumors

Just a quick catch-up on some of the coaching rumors making the rounds today…


* New Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is expected to bring multiple assistants with him from Arkansas State.  Two names to keep an eye on are Chris Kiffin (defensive line coach) and Grant Heard (receivers coach).

It has also been reported by FootballScoop.com that Freeze has offered the offensive coordinator position in Oxford to…


* Current LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.  Wilson had been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace Bob Toledo at Tulane, but that job is expected to go to New Orleans Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson.


* Carl Pelini has been named the head coach at Florida Atlantic.  Former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee was a strong candidate for that job before officially accepting the job as UAB’s head coach yesterday.

John L. Smith — the special teams coach in Fayetteville — is rumored to be a top candidate at his alma mater, Weber State.  The school has scheduled a press conference to announce its coach tomorrow.


* Auburn’s Gus Malzahn appears to be totally out of the mix at North Carolina at this point.  Troy Calhoun of Air Force and Larry Fedora of Southern Miss appear to be the top candidates for that job.


* Fedora is also in the mix at Kansas and at Texas A&M.  Fedora is a native of College Station, was an Aggie fan growing up, and his brother coaches a nearby high school team.  His name began to shoot up the ranks after his Southern Miss team — 11-2 and C-USA champions — pounded previously unbeaten Houston on Saturday.  On the other end of that beating was Kevin Sumlin who is also a candidate for the A&M job. 

Currently, it sounds like Fedora and Louisville’s Charlie Strong are the leaders for the A&M gig.  Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has also been discussed as a possible candidate.

We still wonder if A&M might not have been wiser keeping Mike Sherman as head coach — to allow for a smoother transition into the SEC — while adding a top-flight defensive coordinator.  Supposedly, if A&M goes with the offensive-minded Sumlin he will have to bring in a “name” D-coordinator.  Sherman’s offense was proven.  Seems like the safer and less expensive move would have been to simply add someone like Mike Stoops to Sherman’s staff… rather than start all over again from the top down.


*  We mentioned Smart above, but fellow Alabama assistant Jim McElwain — the Tide’s offensive coordinator — has been mentioned in connection with the open head coaching position at Fresno State.


* It’s been reported that Georgia AD Greg McGarity will begin working with Mark Richt on a contract extension in the next couple of weeks.


* FootballScoop.com is reporting that Kentucky receivers coach Tee Martin will not be heading to Tennessee.  Reports from the Volunteer State say Martin was never officially offered a job with his alma mater.

 


9 comments
Dogfan #1
Dogfan #1

Mike Bobo is available. Please take him.

JOE T
JOE T

Chris Kiffen is the younger Kiffen, Brother Lane and dad Montey.

mark
mark

As an Aggie, I wish we had not fired Sherman, he showed real promise but what he needed was an OC to help him make adjustments. I don't even think that we needed a new DC, deruyter didn't have the pieces this year to put together a secondary defense which is why we put so much stock in the rushing and the line. I just don't think it was smart to get rid of a great coach like sherman. Most Aggies that I have talked to feel the same way.

jerry handjob
jerry handjob

yes. That is Lanes brother, monte kiffins Son. Hes a badass

TigerEyez13
TigerEyez13

Chris Todd was a workman quarterback. Solid, intelligent, decent passer, but had feet of concrete. And yet Malzahn had Todd set Auburn quarterback records in 2009. Check your facts.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Chris Kiffin any relation to Lane?

steveAgolfer
steveAgolfer

What the great and holy genius O.C. from Auburn has no head coaching job prospects.....what a suprise....no elite qb no job.....kinda like houston nutt in that they win with other coaches recruits.....malazon wont stay anywhere long enough to develope any players...check his history

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Well, actually Newton was a Malzahn recruit. He was only at Auburn the one year. You are right that Malzahn can't seem to score too many points unless he has a nearly once in a lifetime athlete like Newton or unless the opposing defense sucks.

Garrett
Garrett

I bet you are an Alabama fan...



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