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Meyer Updates: What We Know (Or Think We Know)

Time for some stream of consciousness on the Urban Meyer front:

1.  My apologies to our radio partners, but I’ll not be able to pop on this afternoon for any radio hits.  Working the Meyer story and preparing for CSS’ “SportsNite.”

2.  You can catch my ugly mug on… CSS “SportsNite” tonight.  They’ll likely have plenty of coverage of the Urban Meyer 6pm press conference, too.  Brady Ackerman (CSS and Gainesville radio host) is involved in the presser.

3.  Whether or not the presser will actually hit at straight-up 6pm is anyone’s guess.

4.  Thanks for your patience.  We just threw another block of RAM on the fire here at Headquarters.  And traffic-driven crashes should be short-lived.

5.  Also thanks for your understanding.  Josh and I have been pounding at the keys quickly  and the occasional typo is made.  No time to do double-checks.

6.  The Gainesville Sun is listing everyone under the sun — appropriately enough — as potential Meyer replacements: Dan Mullen, Jon Gruden, Bob Stoops, Jim Harbaugh, Bobby Petrino, Kevin Summerlin, and Gary Patterson.

7.  Okay, not everyone under the sun.  A number of radio outlets in Florida are saying that Charlie Strong is also a contender for the job.  I’ve spoken to one person in Gainesville this afternoon who believes Strong is more of a fallback candidate than a front-runner.  Strong has just been named the Co-Coach of the Year in the Big East for his first year’s work at Louisville.

8.  This writer for The Louisville Courier-Journal believes Strong/Mullen chatter will be loud.

9.  No, Arkansas fans, I do not believe Petrino will wind up in Gainesville.  However, he’s one of three coaches to have taken two different schools to BCS bowl games.  All coaches like money.  Don’t be surprised if his agent drops his name into the rumor mill in order to drive up his price in Fayetteville.

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SEC Coaching News And Nuggets

Just a few headlines for you concerning Vanderbilt’s coaching search as well as all the other searches that involve SEC coaches:

Dan Mullen

1.  Dan Mullen and Mississippi State officials have gone silent.  No texts, no phone calls.  (No lights, no motor cars.  Not a single luxury.)  State officials would not comment when asked by The Jackson Clarion-Ledger if Miami had asked for permission to talk to Mullen.

2.  Jorge Milian of The Palm Beach Post notes that Miami AD Kirby Hocutt has gone quiet, too.  He wonders if they could be “pow-wowing.”  He also says “a university source” told him last night not to expect a coaching hire in Coral Gables until next week… though that could change.

3. (a Rivals site) says Tommy Tuberville, Randy Edsall, Kevin Sumlin, Al Golden, Marc Trestman, Kyle Whittingham, Jim Harbaugh, Chris Peterson and Gary Patterson are also being vetted by Miami’s search committee. 

4.  The Miami Herald reports that “a UM person familiar with the search” said earlier this week that if Mullen “hadn’t been contacted already, he would be eventually.”


5. (the Rivals site for Temple) reported yesterday that Al Golden is not a candidate for coaching positions at Vanderbilt, Minnesota or Indiana, according to a source.  ( — a site that seems to siphon off info like this without providing links or credit to the original authors — has “confirmed” that Golden is not a candidate.)

6.  Tom Dienhart of reports that Stanford offensive coordinator Greg Roman will interview with Vanderbilt officials today.

7.  The Tennessean reported yesterday that Roman “shuns report of Friday interview,” but that story has since been removed.  It is not on the site as of 9:45am ET.

8.  The Sporting News reported yesterday that Vandy has interest in former Miami coach Randy Shannon.

9.  Meanwhile, this writer for “Nashville Scene” magazine explains how a new coach could “transform Vanderbilt into a scrappier, more exciting losing team.”

Jim McElwain

10.  Colorado is taking its time in naming Jon Embree head coach…

11.  But former Buffs coach Bill McCartney continues to spill the beans.  “Take it to the bank and hang your hat on it,” he said of Embree’s eminent hiring.  Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was a finalist for the CU job.

Les Miles

12.  Les Miles says he was never contacted by Colorado.  But Woody Paige of The Denver Post says Miles, Troy Calhoun and Mike Bellotti “didn’t feel a fit at CU.”  Does that mean those coaches were contacted and said they didn’t feel a fit… or that CU didn’t feel those guys were fits so they didn’t contact them?  Looking at CU’s final list of candidates, it’s evident they weren’t interested in spending Miles-type cash on a new coach.

Gus Malzahn

13.  In the pure speculation from a student newspaper department: If Malzahn accepted the Vanderbilt job he could reunite with offensive line coach Herb Hand with whom he worked at Tulsa in 2007.

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Blog Blitz: Let’s Talk Greg Roman of Stanford

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Stanford’s OC Greg Roman seems like a good guy. Is he the right coach for Vanderbilt? Well, let’s see what we know about him.

He’s had an awesome run at Stanford and as a result is currently a Broyles Award finalist. He could potentially bring insight into the formula for success at a “similarly situated” school. He’s never been a head coach though… He coached as an assistant in the NFL for 13 years prior to moving to Palo Alto. I trust Jim Harbaugh’s judgment — he calls him a “phenomenal teacher” with “fresh ideas” and raves the he is “aces.” Roman appears to be able to coach kids beyond what the recruiting services would say is their ceiling, and he has experience coaching seemingly every position on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Will an NFL-style offense play at Vanderbilt? Is Vanderbilt ready to hire someone who’s never been a head coach? Can he surround himself with a great staff? Can he recruit?

These and many other questions in the air. Discuss at will.

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