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PM Coaching News From Around The SEC

With so many coaching moves — and rumored moves — today, this post will serve as our PM Headlines post.  And since we’re in the middle of doing radio shows from Tennessee to Arkansas to Kentucky to Alabama to Georgia… with CSS’ “SportsNite” coming up at 6pm ET, we’ll just cut to the nitty gritty.

1.  It’s being reported in Chapel Hill that Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora has been offered the same job at North Carolina.  Fedora is in New York along with UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham and a deal could be struck today.  However, Texas A&M officials are in NYC, too.

2.  The Aggies interviewed Fedora yesterday.  Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is also believed to have interviewed with A&M brass.  Kevin Sumlin continues to be mentioned in connection with that job, too.

This morning, AggieYell.com — the Rivals site covering A&M — reported that Dan Mullen and Dabo Swinney had expressed interest in the job.  Now that site is reporting that Kyle Whittingham might be a player in the mix as well.

The site also shot down rumors that Georgia’s Mark Richt is a candidate in College Station.  (Uh, no kidding.)

3.  Reports from KFSM-TV in Fayetteville/Fort Smith claim that Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson has been dismissed.  Robinson was absent from a team meeting last night.  The station reports that former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops and current Green Bay Packers assistant Joe Whitt Jr. — who worked with Petrino at Louisville — will be candidates for the job.

Bobby Petrino has the Razorbacks rolling on offense.  That likely won’t change anytime soon.  If he can land the right mind to improve his team’s defense… look out.  UA has had back-to-back 10-win seasons in the SEC with so-so defenses.  If they can just go from so-so to good — not even great — they could compete for titles for years to come.  (Of course, they’ll also need to start recruiting a bit better on that side of the ball.)

4.  Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is still being mentioned as a potential head coaching candidate — along with many, many others — at Kansas.  Malzahn, however, has told sources close to him that he expects to be back on The Plains at Auburn next year.

Speculation has also tied ex-SEC coaches Phillip Fulmer and Houston Nutt to the Jayhawks’ job.

5.  Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain has been linked to the head coaching vacancies at both Fresno State and Memphis.  McElwain served as the offensive coordinator at FSU under the recently fired Pat Hill for one season in 2007… before Nick Saban hired him at Alabama.

6.  Steve Spurrier had only good things to say about running backs coach Jay Graham who is leaving South Carolina for the same position at Tennessee.  “Coach Graham did an excellent job here for the past three years.  He told me that coaching at his alma mater is something he wanted to do.  He’s a very good coach and an outstanding person.  We wish him the best in his coaching career.”

Spoken like a man who once left Duke to go coach at his alma mater, Florida.

 


12 comments
Yardbird15
Yardbird15

Willy, Cutt is on The Island of Misfit Corches (Duke). Chavis has one of the best gigs in college football at LSU (deservedly so), and Fulmer went out the way his predecessor Johnny Majors did...stabbed in the back.

Willy McGee
Willy McGee

He was proped up by Cuttcliff and Chavis just about his whole time at UT.
Where are Cutt and Chavis now?? And where is Fulmer????

Willy McGee
Willy McGee

"Speculation has also tied ex-SEC coaches Phillip Fulmer and Houston Nutt to the Jayhawks’ job." -- Not even Kansas wants these two fired losers.

Yardbird15
Yardbird15

Texas A&M and Gene Stallings, you leave Dabo Swinney alone! Carolina and Corch Steve Spurrier OWN Dat Boy and Clemson.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Willy Robinson isn't a bad coach, but his problem is that he is not the kind of DC we need in the SEC. He was a secondary coach with the Rams before Petrino hired him, and was a pass D specialist who was good a drawing up zone blitzes.

When only 2 of 12 SEC teams are pass-first, and Arkansas is one of them, the Hogs may want to look into a LB coach who can build a defense to stop the run.

Andy
Andy

Who would be the best coach for the Aggies? They seem to have a good set of interested and qualified candidates.

mith242
mith242

Yeah it's official Willie Robinson is gone. Petrino released a statement on his release. Robinson wasn't Petrino's first pick as defensive coordinator. He stuck with him for a while but after this year it just didn't seem like it was going to work out. Granted there were some injuries on defense that didn't help this season. But things just weren't really improving to where they needed to be. The figures I had viewed were from a tear or two ago. But at the time Robinson was one of the higher paid defensive coordinators in the SEC. I was thinking he was third or fourth. But Arkansas's defenses weren't ever in the top half of the SEC. I wonder if they already have someone in mind. Although to be honest I'm not sure there can be that big of a drop off even bringing in someone new, considering where things were.

Willy McGee
Willy McGee

So Cutt and Chavis have gone on to continued success, and Fulmer hasn't been able to get a job anywhere in two years.

William Rauhuff
William Rauhuff

I would hardly call Phillip Fulmer chump at 152-52 in 17 years. Kansas is stupid if they do not hire him there

Southern_Guy
Southern_Guy

1. Kevin Sumlin successful coach in area (recruiting is everything.) 2. Larry Fedora knows area and successful head coach. 3.Dan Mullen successful head coach in sec. 4 Kirby Smart successful up and coming coordinator in SEC. Troy Calhoun runs too different an offense and Clemson seems to have a Constancy problem

Willy McGee
Willy McGee

Consider too that UT had their shot at Cutt. UT would be in much better shape today if they had gone all out to
hire him when they had the chance.

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