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Wyoming fires defensive coordinator Chris Tormey

Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen has fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey effective immediately.

Chris Tormey spent the past two seasons as Wyoming's defensive coordinator.

Chris Tormey spent the past two seasons as Wyoming’s defensive coordinator.

Christensen made the announcement Tuesday morning. Defensive line coach Jamar Cain will serve as interim defensive coordinator.

“I felt that we needed to make a change at this time to give our football team and the young men on it the best opportunity to win our remaining four regular-season games,” Christensen said in a release.

“The last two weeks, our defense has not performed up to the expectations of our coaching staff, our players, nor our fans.”

On Saturday, the Cowboys lost to San Jose State 44-41, after leading 23-7 in the second quarter. The Cowboys lost to Colorado State 52-22 on Oct. 19.

Tormey had been Wyoming’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He will be paid through his contract, which expires in December.

Tormey’s 33-year coaching career includes nine seasons as a D-I head coach, at Idaho and Nevada. He joined the Wyoming staff after spending the 2011 season as Washington State’s linebackers coach.

Cain is in his seventh year as D-I assistant and joined the Cowboys staff this spring. He was previously an assistant at Cal Poly where he was part of a Big Sky Conference title in 2012.

Wyoming (4-4, 2-2 MWC) has a bye this week.

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Bret Bielema has a problem with Auburn's game film

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says that Auburn isn’t playing fair when it comes to game tape.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema (Photo: AP)“There are just some clips that haven’t — shall we say, the TV copy doesn’t match the film copy,” Bielema told reporters Monday. “And it’s something we have kind of been aware of now for the last week and half in getting our preparation.

“So we can use other film and stuff like that to make sure we are getting the full picture.”

The missing clips Bielema is referring to involve Auburn’s “swinging gate” formation used on extra points. The Tigers used the formation on extra points to convert two-point conversions early in the season.

Bielema said the Arkansas staff was not aware of the formation until it compared TV and game footage.

“So, if I hadn’t watched the TV copy, or if our guys hadn’t had a the time to go back and review, we would have never known that to happen,” Bielema said. “I’m sure it’s a glitch. I know Gus stands for everything that’s right and (has) great faith in doing things right. So I’m sure it’s just a glitch that they’ll get to the bottom of.”

Bielema brought up the matter unprompted by reporters, and, as an al.com report pointed out, he appears to have violated an SEC rule by doing so.

“If teams believe violations of the video exchange policies have occurred, it should be reported immediately to the SEC supervisor of officials and not be discussed in the media,” according to the rule in the SEC’s bylaws.

This isn’t Bielema’s first issue involving game film. Last season at Wisconsin, he refused to share film with Oregon State because the Beavers’ film of their season opener was lost due to a hurricane.

For its part, the SEC office considers any discussions concerning film discrepancies confidential and will not comment publicly, but a league source told al.com that it did not have a major issue with the film discrepancy.

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Report: Oliver Luck expected to be named Texas AD

We reported last night that Texas’ search to replace DeLoss Dodds as athletics director was focused on Oliver Luck, and if all goes as planned, it looks like Luck’s hiring could be official by the middle of November.

Oliver Luck is expected to be named Texas' AD.OliveOrangebloods.com’s Chip Brown cites multiple sources as indicating that Luck’s name topped a list of potential candidates submitted to a seven-member UT advisory committee by search firm Korn/Ferry International.

According to Brown:

Those sources say Luck is the frontrunner from a group of names put forth by the search firm Korn/Ferry International to the advisory committee last week that also includes Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson, who got his law degree at Texas.

Luck’s interview with the committee could come as early as this week. If all goes as expected, a contract could be finalized Nov. 13 or 14, when Texas regents are already scheduled to meet.

Nothing is expected to be announced before Texas and West Virginia meet in Morgantown on Nov. 9.

But the Mountaineers have a bye week after their game at Kansas on Nov. 16, so an official announcement could come then.

Luck, the father of former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, has strong ties to Texas — both the state and the University. He played quarterback for the Houston Oilers, earned his law degree from the University of Texas, and was general manager of the Houston Dynamo of MLS.

In addition to Luck and Patterson, other names floated as possible replacements for Dodds were Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione.

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Report: Rutgers starting cornerback suspended following DWI arrest

The hits keep coming for the Rutgers secondary.

The suspension of Nadir Barnwell (14) puts even more pressure on a thin Rutgers secondary. (Photo: AP)

The suspension of Nadir Barnwell (14) puts even more pressure on a thin Rutgers secondary.

True freshman cornerback Nadir Barnwell was suspended indefinitely following a driving while intoxicated and careless driving charge early Sunday, according to an NJ.com report.

Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood hasn’t publicly acknowledged the reason for Barnwell’s suspension, except to say it was for violating team rules.

Barnwell, a starter the past four games, will miss Saturday’s game against Temple, and possibly more.

“My plans are for it to be for this week, but it’s not finalized yet,” Flood said.

According to the NJ.com report, Barnwell was charged in his hometown of Piscataway by Rutgers University Police early Sunday morning. No police report was available.

Barnwell’s absence puts an already-depleted Scarlet Knights secondary in an even worse spot. Rutgers lost starting corner Lew Toler was to a season-ending broken arm earlier this year and part-time starter Ian Thomas abruptly quit the team.

Rutgers (4-3, 1-2 AAC) allowed 400 passing yards in a 49-14 homecoming loss to Houston last week. The Scarlet Knights are ranked 121st nationally out of 123 schools in pass defense, allowing 320.1 passing yards per game.

Things don’t get any easier for the Knights this week, as Temple’s P.J. Walker sports a 162.4 QB rating, completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 891 yards, 9 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Monday, Oct. 28

It’s not exactly at shock that Bo Pelini’s Nebraska is going to lose at least four games this season (he always does), but we really didn’t expect one of them to be Minnesota.

Are there enough "Bo-lievers" to save the Nebraska coach?

Are there enough “Bo-lievers” to save the Nebraska coach?

Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised. @GarrettGordon reports this is the fifth consecutive season a ranked Nebraska team has lost to an unranked opponent.

Pelini entered the season on the hot seat after last season’s meltdown in the B1G Championship Game when his team gave up 70 to Wisconsin.

Then, in September, an audio tape surfaced where Pelini ripped both the media and Cornhuskers’ fans after a 2011 game. The best line was reserved for the Husker faithful: “It took everything in my power to not say, ‘F— you, fans. F— all of you.’ F— ‘em.”

Nebraska can beat every opponent left on it’s schedule. The Huskers could also lose four more. More than likely, they’ll split the difference and end up with four losses just as they have in each of the past five seasons under Pelini.

We think that gets him fired.

Dana Holgorsen won ten games in his first season at West Virginia — but that was in the Big East.

In 2012, WVU moved to the Big 12 and the record dropped to 7-6. The Mountaineers are now 3-5 and could potentially lose out.

Sources tell us that 5-7 probably earns Holgorsen a pink slip. The only wild card is A.D. Oliver Luck. As we mentioned yesterday, he very well could be headed to Texas.

How does that affect Holgorsen? we don’t know yet but it’s an interesting wildcard.

Mack Brown helped his cause once again with an impressive win over TCU. The Longhorns figure to throttle both Kansas and West Virginia over the next two weeks to get to 7-2.

Then, the rubber meets the road.

Texas ends the season with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and at Baylor.

The Baylor game could very well decide the Big 12. A Longhorns win and it’s hard to see a change. A bad loss makes the situation much more dicey.

Despite big wins in the last two, this soap opera is a long way from over.

USC wants (and needs?) to make a big splash with their hire. Mike Riley’s name was floating around last week, and Jack Del Rio was hot for awhile. So were Kevin Sumlin and James Franklin.

We think Pat Haden is likely doing due diligence on several candidates and will move quickly once the season ends to fill the position.

Virginia A.D. Craig Littlepage announced less than two weeks ago that coach Mike London would return next season, but we all now how much mid-season declarations of safety mean.

Littlepage made those statements before the Wahoos lost to Duke and Georgia Tech, bringing the losing streak to five, and UVa’s overall record to 2-6. With games against Clemson, at North Carolina and Miami, and the season finale vs. Virginia Tech remaining, winning one more to finish 3-9 may be a stretch.

Sources close to London indicate they believe the Cavs coach is safe for another season. Others aren’t so sure.

Regardless of what Littlepage said publicly, we’re told London is not out the woods. A 2-10 season almost has to bring a change, so there’s a good chance this one opens.

We’ve heard rumblings that Kansas could replace Charlie Weis after just two seasons, and those rumors are picking up steam.

The Jayhawks fired a religious fanatic after two seasons and replaced him with Satan’s brother.

Perhaps KU should try looking for someone a little more “normal”?

We told you about the hell Southern Miss is in in Friday’s Rumor Mill, and after this weekend, the Golden Eagles have now lost 19 straight. This week was a 55-14 thrashing by North Texas, on Homecoming no less…

Quick Hitters

Iowa State: We’re told, at a minimum, to expect staff changes.

North Texas: Lots of chatter here. Some think Dan McCarney could hang it up after the season.

Purdue: Look for staff changes. Possibly several.

Florida Atlantic: Expect staff changes on the defensive side of the ball.

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Texas AD search focused on one name

Texas’ search for a new A.D. is seems to still focused on one name.

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck (AP Photo)

West Virginia A,D. Oliver Luck

Ever since DeLoss Dodds announced his pending retirement on Sept. 30, the hunt for his replacement has been centered around West Virginia’s Oliver Luck.

According to the Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton, nothing has happened to change that.

West Virginia’s football problems and WVU’s Tier 3 media rights bid snafu this past spring haven’t knocked the shine off Luck’s star. And Texas’ on the field issues haven’t made the job any less impressive to top candidates, either.

UT hired Korn/Ferry International to handle the search, but Carlton hints that KFI won’t have to spend a lot of time vetting candidates. A job like Texas doesn’t exactly require a shotgun approach.

For his part, Luck has been non-committal when asked about the job.

According to Carlton, Texas could move quickly — perhaps within a couple of weeks of the Longhorns’ Nov. 9 date with WVU. If it does, Luck will almost certainly be the choice.

If the search goes on, it may mean the Horns are headed in a different direction.

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Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson could be on shaky ground

The smoke around the status of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson seems to be growing.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson (Photo: Associated Press)We’ve heard that it’s not necessarily about wins and losses or any other singular thing. Rather, it seems to be a culmination of a number of things that may put Johnson’s situation in jeopardy.

In 2011, the NCAA put Georgia Tech on four years of probation, fined the school $100,000 and stripped its ACC title game victory from the 2009 season. Then, in 2012, athletic director Dan Radakovich left for Clemson.

Those two things alone are generally enough of an excuse to end a coach’s tenure.

Add in that Johnson, who earns $2.6 million per season, has been pretty average over the past four seasons (6-7, 8-5, 7-7, 5-3 so far in 2013) and his questionable handling of Al Groh’s firing as defensive coordinator last season and you get the feeling something’s just not right.

Then, there’s this: Bobby Dodd Stadium seats 55,000. Last season, attendance was down 9% over the previous year, with the Jackets drawing only 43,955 per game. So far this season the results are slightly better, but not by much. They’ve averaged 47,851 in games against Elon, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Syracuse.

The chatter around Johnson’s status has been growing over the past week.

Though the Jackets got a much-needed win over Virginia — and another embattled head coach, Mike London — Saturday to move to 5-3 on the season, the next four games could be pivotal.

Of the remaining schedule, its hard to see the Jackets getting wins at Clemson and in the season finale against Georgia. This week’s home game against 4-3 Pittsburgh will be a big one, but regardless, Tech should finish no better than 7-5.

Bottom line, we believe Johnson is in real danger of losing his job.

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