When you talk about the ongoing searches at Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee a number of the same names keep popping up. Yesterday, the men behind some of those names tried to prevent further popping.
* San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre said “there no truth to that” when asked about rumors that he’s already been offered the Kentucky job. He also said he hasn’t even been contacted by any other schools. “Nope, not as of right now.”
* Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops shot down talk that he’d consider leaving Norman for Tennessee. “Me? Oh, I didn’t know that. I like the job I have. No, I love the job I have and people I work for so I’ll try and keep it another year.”
* Florida State top dog Jimbo Fisher attempted to nix rumors tying him to Auburn. “I’m very happy right here. I’m content to be here, this is where I want to be. We’re building something special. We’ve got great players. We’ve got great players to come and be here. It’s a great place to live, my family is set up in this community, and I plan on being here a long time.” He also, however, admitted that “it’s inevitable” that coaches move and that he has no idea who his agent — Jimmy Sexton — has been talking to… before repeating: “But I’m very happy. I’m very content. I want to be here.” Fisher has also been tied to the Tennessee job.
* While he was at it, Fisher took the time to deny a CBS report from the weekend that claimed Seminole defensive coordinator Mark Stoops had already interviewed for the Kentucky job.
* Boise State head coach Chris Petersen — the college version of Jon Gruden — has once again been tied to every current job opening and every possible job opening in the country this week. But he says all of it is just a bunch of rumors. “It is not even kind of (a distraction) because it’s just rumors. That’s all I really want to say about this, and I say it every year. It’s just rumors… I don’t even think half the time its reporters. Everybody’s a reporter these days. Everybody’s got an opinion on a blog or something like that.” Petersen has most recently been connected to the job at Arkansas.
* NC State AD Debbie Yow said yesterday that Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is not a candidate for the Wolfpack job, despite the fact that the two had texted recently and that she once named him coach-in-waiting at Maryland.
* Alabama’s Nick Saban said yesterday that no one has called him to ask for permission to chat with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart yet. “But if they do, I always talk to the person and let them know that somebody’s expressed interest.”
Finally, Missouri AD Mike Alden put the kibosh on internet rumors that Gary Pinkel would step down today. Asked if Pinkel would be back in 2013, Alden said yesterday: “Of course. Absolutely… I have a lot of confidence in Coach Pinkel. I don’t have any question about that.”
Pinkel — whose meeting with the media this morning — said last evening that he’s raring to turn things around at Mizzou. “I’m high-energy. Let’s get back to work and get this thing going.”