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Florida’s Muschamp: “I’m Fine. I’m A Football Coach.”

gfx - they said itWill Muschamp is no Mike Gundy.  “I’m fine.  I’m a football coach,” won’t play on a constant media loop for days to come as Gundy’s “I’m a man!  I’m 40,” declaration once did.  Still, it’s the first time since a loss to Vanderbilt that Florida’s coach has talked about the pressure he’s now under:

 

“I’m fine.  I’m a football coach.  I go to work every day trying to find ways to get this football team better and get them in improve on how we play.  That’s part of our job whether you’re 9-1 or you’re where we are (4-5).

It’s frustrating.  It’s very frustrating, but you work and people are dependent on you to do a good job.  Do a good job for the players and do a good job for the university — that’s my job.”

 

Muschamp may claim to be A-OK but many a Gator fan would tell you today that the third-year man is not doing a good job for his players or for the University of Florida.  And AD Jeremy Foley hasn’t said much publicly about his coach since stating that he was “not going anywhere” after UF’s loss at Missouri in October.  Since then the Gators have lost to Georgia for the third straight year and to Vanderbilt at home for the first time since 1945.

“I’m fine.  I’m a football coach.”  Yes, but some wonder if Muschamp will still be Florida’s football coach if he finishes 5-7.  (We believe he should be, but we’re not writing checks to the Florida’s athletic department.)

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Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy Still Getting Questions About Tennessee, Arkansas Coaching Searches

gfx - they said itA report surfaced at the end of March indicating Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy nearly took the job at Tennessee in December.  Gundy even told Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, “At some point, that’s where we thought we were going to go.”  In the end, Gundy decided to stay and Tennessee hired Butch Jones but that hasn’t stopped questions about it.

Why did Gundy reveal details about something that didn’t happen? Here’s what he told a group of local reporters in Oklahoma.

 

“What I have tried to do is just be as up front and honest as possible. And the truth of the matter is what I said (in the CBS piece). And that’s really the easiest way for me to handle it, because there is nothing really else to say.

“I can’t make something up. I just basically will say, ‘This is what happens and this is the way it is and go on down the road.”

 

Reports and rumors had linked Gundy to the coaching searches not only at Tennessee but Arkansas as well. He was asked if either school made an official job offer.

 

“I really would rather not comment, for respect out of both schools. There are conversations that go on with those situations that are private …

“But I think what I would say is I was treated very well by both schools. They were very up front and honest, and (we had) very positive discussions that actually can help us here.”

 

One of the reasons Gundy reportedly considered leaving Oklahoma State was over tougher non-conference schedules. According to Fowler, Gundy believed the tougher schedules  didn’t maximize the team’s chances of winning a national title.

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Wow Headlines 3/29/2013

Florida vs Florida Gulf Coast Friday night in NCAA Tournament basketball…Winner plays in Elite Eight On Sunday
Sophomore Arkansas guard BJ Young announced via twitter on Thursday he plans to enter the NBA draft.
South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington says he will again play both football and basketball for the Gameocks next fall
Injuries along the offensive line have Ole Miss running out bodies in spring practice…four freshmen linemen will join the Rebels in the fall
Kentucky linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree moving to defensive end
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy admits he nearly took the Tennessee job in December…disagreed with OSU AD over scheduling issues
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Reports: Jones To Join Rebels’ Staff From Oklahoma State

mrsec-breaking-newsAccording to multiple reports, Oklahoma State secondary coach Jason Jones is about to join Hugh Freeze’s staff at Ole Miss.  Jones would replace defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff who left the Rebels for a spot on the New Orleans Saints’ staff a week ago.

Jones has been at OSU under Mike Gundy since 2008.  He was a two-year starter at safety for Alabama in the late-90s.

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Report: Strong Re-Working Deal With Louisville (Maybe)

For sheer silliness, there’s nothing better than a good coaching search to keep everyone entertained.  While the sideline reporter for Oklahoma State has reported today that Mike Gundy will stay in Stillwater and not accept Tennessee’s offer to coach the Volunteers, the word out of Louisville is that Charlie Strong is re-working his deal with the Cardinals.  Or not.

Adam Himmelsbach of The Louisville Courier-Journal tweeted the following a few moments ago:

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then a few minutes later he followed up with this:

 

 

 

 

 

So he’s either staying in Louisville… or “anything can happen at this point.”

We’re not picking on Himmelsbach.  This is the nature of coaching search coverage in the Twitter/messageboard age.  There’s more misinformation than ever before — either put out by schools, by bad sources, by wishy-washy sources, or by fans who simply want to mess with other fans’ heads.

The wild ride continues.  Thank God in heaven there’s just one more of these things left to cover.

(Oh, and yes, we continue to get emails stating that all of this has been Tennessee AD Dave Hart’s plan and that Jon Gruden will still be announced as UT’s coach.  Have to give that one the obligatory mention as Gruden-mania never dies in the Smoky Mountains.)

 

UPDATE – ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reports that Louisville is currently “working on extending Charlie Strong’s current 5-year deal” according to his sources.

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Report: Gundy Offered UT Job

Earlier this morning we reported that sources close to Tennessee’s search and inside the college athletics industry have told us that Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy is still very much in play for the Vols’ job.  Moments ago, CBS’ Bruce Feldman tweeted the following:

 

 

 

 

 

Does that mean Gundy will accept the offer to coach in Knoxville and leave his alma mater?  No.  But it certainly lends more credence to the belief that Gundy is still option 1A while Louisville’s Charlie Strong is option 1B for UT athletic director Dave Hart.

And if Gundy does not take the UT job and instead stays in Stillwater with a raise and more power, expect Tennessee officials to say no offer was ever made.

 

UPDATE – While Feldman is reporting that Gundy has an offer from Tennessee and that friction between he and his boss are to blame (more on the “friction” here), a reporter for The Oklahoman newspaper is reporting that OSU’s sideline reporter — ya following all this? — has said on the radio that “Mike Gundy is staying at Oklahoma State… He has made a decision.”

Round and round she goes.  Buckle in for another day of Twitter hype.  At least now there’s just one SEC search for folks to discuss.

UPDATE II: Sources telling ESPN that Gundy is staying at Oklahoma State. 

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Wow Evening Headlines 12/3/2012

Sources tell MrSEC.com that Jimbo Fisher, Mike Gundy, Charlie Strong and Larry Fedora are in the mix for Tennessee’s coaching job
Sources tell MrSEC.com that Gary Patterson, Jimbo Fisher, Bobby Petrino and Gus Malzahn are in the mix for Auburn’s coaching job
Alabama assistant coach Kirby Smart reportedly interviewed for Auburn job Tuesday
Sources tell MrSEC.com that Gary Patterson and Mike Gundy are in the mix for Arkansas’ coaching job
When he was asked if he could definitively say he will be at Louisville next year, coach Charlie Strong said Tuesday, “I will say that at the right time”
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy
Johnny Manziel unanimously named SEC Offensive Player of the Year
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones named SEC Defensive Player of the Year
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is standing by his ballot in the final coaches’ poll in which he ranked unbeaten Notre Dame fourth behind three Southeastern Conference teams
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WOW Headlines – 12/3/12

Sources tell MrSEC.com that Jimbo Fisher, Mike Gundy, Charlie Strong and Larry Fedora are in the mix for Tennessee’s coaching job
Sources tell MrSEC.com that Gary Patterson, Jimbo Fisher, Bobby Petrino and Gus Malzahn are in the mix for Auburn’s coaching job
Sources tell MrSEC.com that Gary Patterson and Mike Gundy are in the mix for Arkansas’ coaching job
An Arkansas fan website is reporting that Boise State’s Chris Petersen is expected to be named Arkansas’ coach on Tuesday
Vanderbilt is giving an extension and a $3 million salary to coach James Franklin to keep him in Nashville “long-term”
New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops will make $11 million over five years and receive bonuses for SEC wins
Alabama will face Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game
Florida will face Louisville in the Sugar Bowl
Georgia will face Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl
Texas A&M will face Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl
South Carolina will face Michigan in the Outback Bowl
LSU will face Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl
Mississippi State will face Northwestern in the Gator Bowl
Vanderbilt will face North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl
Ole Miss will face Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl
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SEC Headlines 12/2/2012

Coaching News & Rumors

1. Names linked to Auburn search: Gus Malzahn, Jimbo Fisher, Gary Patterson, Kirby Smart, Chris Peterson.  Introduction of new coach could come early in the week. All of those names except Patterson were on the winning side Saturday.

2. Auburn’s search committee – the four names at Auburn that matter most.

3. Names linked to Arkansas search:  Gary Patterson,  Mike Gundy, Art Briles,  Chris Petersen,  Kirby Smart, Bo Pelini. One week ago today, A.D. Jeff Long said Arkansas would have its new coach in 10-14 days.

4. Names linked to Tennesssee search: Mike Gundy, Charlie Strong, Jimbo Fisher, Al Golden. Search moves to New York City.

5. New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops left the field last night for the final time as Florida State’s defensive coordinator.  “Thank you, coach!”

6. Stoops lands in Lexington today. Deciding on a starting quarterback will be at the top of the agenda.

7. Pat Dooley: “I was a little puzzled by the hiring of Mark Stoops at Kentucky.”

8. North Carolina State has its new coach.  Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren accepted the position Saturday.

Bowl Projections

9. High level Georgia source: Bulldogs headed to Cotton Bowl or Capital One Bowl.

10. Late word Saturday was that Capital One wanted Texas A&M.  Cotton Bowl to decide between Georgia and LSU. Are Tigers the favorite?

11. This Louisiana writer agrees- Cotton for LSU. This Louisiana writer didn’t get the memo – he says Chik-Fil-A for the Tigers.

12. SI’s Stewart Mandel’s complete bowl projections has Vanderbilt slotted for the Chik-Fil-A Bowl. Jerry Palm has the Commodores in the Gator Bowl.

13. Why Mississippi State could be headed to Music City Bowl.

14. Alabama fans know where they are headed: “I respect the heck out of Notre Dame.”

15. Jeremy Fowler: “These two are meant for each other, and even SEC elitists should acknowledge it.”

SEC/College News

16. The Internet troublemaker known as the ampersand - and why it has Texas A&M officials worried about the Heisman vote.

17. Ole Miss receiver Donte Moncrief and the Internet sensation known as “Feed Moncrief.”

18. One writer’s players of the year and other informal postseason honors for the Florida Gators.

19. Some stadium renovations at Missouri may be completed a year earlier than planned.

20. One man’s AP Top 25 ballot.  Here’s another one.

21. Man falls 4o-feet at ACC Championship game. Transported to hospital with “life-threatening injuries.” 

 SEC Basketball

22. Baylor 64 – Kentucky 55. Baylor snaps UK’s 55-game home winning streak. John Calipari now 54-1 at Rupp.

23. Cincinnati 58 – Alabama 56.  Tide lose game on a buzzer-beater.

24.  Missouri 72 – Applachian State 56. Laurence Bowers matches his career-high with 23 points as Tigers move to 6-1.  An insufficient punishment for coach Frank Haith?

25. Ole Miss 80 – Rutgers 67.  Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner post double-doubles as Rebels move to 6-0.

26. Providence 73- Mississippi State 63. State now 0-5 in games away from Humphrey Coliseum.

27. Villanova 62 – Vanderbilt 52. Commodores now 2-4, worst start since the 1988-89 season.

28. Texas A&M 70 – Houston 59. Aggies go to 6-1 behind 26 points from Elston Turner.

29. South Carolina plays Clemson today.  Fifth-year senior LaShay Page is a steady influence for the Gamecocks.

30. LSU is hitting its free-throws when it matters most.

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Wow Weekend Headlines

SEC Championship Game
Alabama 32 – Georgia 28
Alabama will play Notre Dame January 7th in the BCS Championship game
Saturday SEC Basketball Finals
Providence 73 – Mississippi State 63
Baylor 64 – Kentucky 55
Ole Miss 80 – Rutgers 67
Missouri 72 – Appalachian State 56
Cincinnati 58 – Alabama 56
Villanova 62 – Vanderbilt 52
Texas A&M 70 – Houston 59
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Oklahama State coach Mike Gundy expected to be targets for open Tennessee job
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