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SEC Coaching Rumors – 1/13/11

Just a couple of quick updates regarding possible SEC coaching movement:

* The name of Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee continues to bubble up in the great cauldron of coaching rumors.  McGee interviewed with UConn, but it’s believed the Huskies will move in another direction.  Former Miami O-coordinator Mark Whipple was expected to be Connecticut’s choice, but reports now link Dallas Cowboys assistant and former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni to the job.  McGee is still a possibility at Tulsa, however.  Bobby Petrino confirmed yesterday that his assistant did interview for the head coaching job at that school on Wednesday. reports that McGee will meet with Tulsa’s president today.  Former Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris is believed to be the front-runner for the Golden Hurricane job.

* Tennessee receivers coach Charlie Baggett has been reported to be a candidate for the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.  Baggett served in that capacity with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban.  Also on that Dolphins staff?  New Dallas coach Jason Garrett.

* Former Florida and Urban Meyer assistant Chuck Heater is expected to join Steve Addazio’s staff at Temple as defensive coordinator.  Heater was safeties coach with the Gators and co-coordinator.

* We’ve gotten some emails regarding rumors that Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is interested in luring defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel from West Virginia.  It appears — as far as we can tell — that that talk has died down and that Casteel will remain in Morgantown.  WVU head coach Bill Stewart announced last week that his “coaching staff for 2011 is complete” and that Casteel would be “heading up our defense.”

* And former Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges is moving with Brady Hoke from San Diego State to Michigan.  Borges — the man who directed AU’s offense that last time the Tigers went undefeated back in 2004 — will serve as UM’s quarterbacks coach and O-coordinator.

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SEC Coaching Rumors – 1/12/11 Edition

Just a few tidbits from around the SEC’s coaching merry-go-round this morning:

* Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee will probably be back in Fayetteville next year.  Though he interviewed for the head coaching job at UConn, it looks like the Huskies are going with former Miami assistant Mark Whipple.  McGee was also believed to be on the short list at Tulsa — where he’s from — but the Golden Hurricane are rumored to be most interested in former offensive coordinator Chad Morris… who just left Tulsa for Clemson in the past week.

* is reporting that Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has an interest in Florida International defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.  Mullen has promoted Chris Wilson to defensive coordinator (replacing Manny Diaz) and is looking for a co-coordinator (to replace Wilson).  Collins has coached in Florida for the past few seasons (good for recruiting) and once held the “director of player personnel” slot at Alabama.

* A number of news outlets reported last evening that Alabama tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Bobby Williams interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys yesterday.  Williams worked with new Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Nick Saban’s Miami Dolphins staff. reports that Williams did not interview with Dallas.

* The Palm Beach Post is reporting today that Miami offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland might be heading from Coral Gables to Tuscaloosa.  Stoutland would replace Joe Pendry who “has reportedly told Saban he is retiring.”  Stoutland was one of three assistants retained by new coach Al Golden and he also served as the Hurricanes’ interim head coach during their 33-17 Sun Bowl loss to Notre Dame.

* New Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was not in Gainesville as of yesterday afternoon and Florida officials say no official start date has been set for him.  Kansas City was eliminated from the NFL playoffs on Sunday.  Weis is now free to start work — and start recruiting — whenever he arrives in the Sunshine State.

* New Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is still working with the Seattle Seahawks following their shocking upset of New Orleans on Sunday.

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Arkansas’ McGee In Play For UConn Job

According to several online and television reports, Connecticut officials plan to speak with Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee about their head coaching vacancy.  McGee just finished his first season as the Hogs’ coordinator.  He has been UA’s quarterbacks coach for three seasons.

McGee was recently given the biggest raise among Bobby Petrino’s assistants… from $300,000 a year to $336,000.

McGee is in the running for Randy Edsall’s old job along with Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

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