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Paper Lays Out Candidates For LSU’s OC Job

With Gary Crowton moving from LSU to Maryland, Les Miles has an offensive coordinator slot to fill.  Considering LSU’s facilities, recruiting base and returning roster, he shouldn’t have a hard time finding someone to say “yes!”

The folks at The Baton Rouge Advocate have put together a list of possible replacements.  Those coaches are as follows:

* Cam Cameron, offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens — The paper points out that he was a former Michigan aide along with Miles and that he “runs a pro-style, run-first offense,” which Miles is a fan of.

* Jim Chaney, offensive coordinator at Tennessee — Interestingly the paper claims he “leans toward a strong running game,” but a check of his career stats (at Purdue, then at UT) shows that Chaney has actually been a pass-first kind of guy.

* Dan Hawkins, former Colorado head coach

* Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars

* Steve Kragthorpe, former Louisville head coach

* Steve Logan, running backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — He worked with Miles as an assistant at Colorado and uses “a run-first offensive scheme.”

* Todd Monken, receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguards — He also worked for Miles including two seasons at LSU.

* Doug Nussmeier, offensive coordinator at Washington

TCU co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente has also been mentioned in connection with the LSU opening.  Ditto Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst who really uses a run-first system. — the Rivals site covering LSU — also tosses out the names of Jim McElwain of Alabama (not likely, lateral move) and Paul Petrino of Illinois (who left his brother’s Arkansas program before the 2010 season).

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Bogus Coaching Rumors: Miles, Saban, Oh My

The deeper we get into November, the more coaches will be fired.  The more coaches are fired, the more rumors about current SEC coaches will swirl.  In fact, that’s already happening.

But SEC fans don’t have much to worry about… at this point.

According to multiple media reports in Colorado, Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins could be fired as early as today.  Two weeks ago, a pair of Denver columnists speculated that Les Miles (LSU), Gus Malzahn (Auburn) and Jim McElwain (Alabama) would be on the Buffs’ list of potential replacements.  Don’t bank on it.

With his team in the top five of the BCS standings, it’s unlikely that Miles would depart Baton Rouge.  At the moment, he’s on top of the world again.  And most importantly, Colorado doesn’t have the money to lure in Miles.  The school is cash poor at the moment and it won’t be collecting a full partner’s share from the Pac-12 for a couple more years. 

Perhaps that’s why so many in Colorado are suggesting that CU turn to Miles’ old boss, Bill McCartney.  McCartney is now 70 and he hasn’t coached in 16 years.   But he wants the job and he’d be cheap.

That immediately pushes him ahead of Malzahn and McElwain.  McElwain’s stock, by the way, likely drops each time Alabama’s offense sputters.

Speaking of Alabama, the Nick Saban-to-the-Cowboys rumors have already taken root on SEC messageboards.  Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News said yesterday that he expected those rumors to pop:

“It’s possible that someone will float the Saban to Dallas rumor.  You’ll hear that until (Jerry Jones) hires someone for the job. … Saban has totally been up front about his NFL experience.  It won’t stop people from speculating though.”

No, it won’t.  But there’s no reason to believe Saban will coach anywhere other than Tuscaloosa next year.  Like many other college coaches who’ve given the pro game a shot, Saban returned to his roots at the first opportunity.

In Alabama he rules with an iron fist.  You can do that with college kids.  But try that with multimillionaire professional athletes and you’ll find that it doesn’t work for long.  (Unless you win a Super Bowl in your second season and give players a reason to by into your czar status… as Saban’s mentor Bill Belichick did in New England).

Also, we saw how long the marriage between Bill Parcells and Jones lasted in Dallas — four years.  A kingdom can’t have two kings.

For that reason, if Saban winds up with the Cowboys, I’ll eat Les Miles’ hat.

Be prepared to hear more whispers in the wind regarding SEC coaches, but it doesn’t look like the first two jobs on the market will be filled by men from the league’s toughest conference.

UPDATE — Hawkins has indeed been 86′d at Colorado.

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Denver Writers Connect Miles To Colorado Job

Yesterday we speculated that Colorado might take an interest in Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, but a pair of Denver columnists think we might have gotten our states mixed up.  Louisiana State’s Les Miles is the man they mention as a possible replacement for Dan Hawkins — who has yet to be fired.

Woody Paige of The Denver Post wrote last week that Miles “could probably be lured to CU.  Miles and LSU have just about had enough of each other, and the coach of the 2007 BCS champions has said to friends that his favorite place to live and coach was Boulder.”  Miles was an assistant at CU under Bill McCartney.

Another Post columnist John Henderson tabbed a number of SEC targets for the Buffaloes.  “I’m told four people are atop the target list: Bill McCartney, Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and LSU coach Les Miles.”

According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, Miles wasn’t biting on the speculation.  “Somebody needs to write articles,” he said.  “Somebody needs to mention names.  I’ve got little reaction.”

Ah, but what would be the reaction of Tiger fans?  Would they be sad to see their highly successful coach leave?  Or would they be thrilled for the Mad Hatter to take his mad ways off to the West Coast?

From talking to people in Louisiana, my money’s on the latter.

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