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Report: Muschamp will return next season; staff changes coming

It looks like Florida coach Will Muschamp’s job is safe — at least until 2014.

Report: Will Muschamp will return for 2014 season. (Photo: John Roux, AP)The Orlando Sentinel quotes a source close to the program as stating the school has no plans to fire Muschamp, despite Saturday’s loss to FCS foe Georgia Southern.

The same can’t be said for Muschamp’s staff, where significant changes are expected particularly on offense.

After supporting offensive coordinator Brent Pease through struggles earlier in the season, Muschamp has gradually distanced himself from the former Boise State OC.

Muschamp didn’t mince words about the Gators offensive woes following Saturday’s game.

“You’ve got to change the scoreboard offensively,” Muschamp told the media after the game. “You’ve got to be able to change the scoreboard, and we just struggled scoring points offensively. It’s been a week-in, week-out occurrence.”

Florida has now lost six straight, and the Gators have not scored more than 20 points in any of those games.

The school is assured of its first losing season since 1979, and with arch rival and No. 2-ranked Florida State still on the schedule, things could get even uglier next week.

Though staff changes won’t likely occur until after the season, Muschamp hinted that they are coming.

“It’s my job to get it fixed,” Muschamp said of his team’s offensive struggles, “and we will get it fixed.”

Photo: John Roux, AP

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Video: Will Muschamp calls loss to Georgia Southern 'embarrassment'

Florida coach Will Muschamp called the Gators’ 26-20 loss to FCS Georgia Southern on Saturday “an embarrassment.”

It guarantees the Florida its first losing season since 1979, and makes Muschamp’s already hot seat even hotter.

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Coker, UTSA in talks for long-term extension

Larry Coker was hired to build the UTSA football program from scratch, and now the school is working to lock him up for the long term.

Larry Coker UTSA Roadrunners contract extension (Photo: Eric Gay, AP)Coker, whose current deal runs through the 2015 season, has led UTSA to a 17-15 record in nearly three seasons.

Picked to finish last in Conference USA West this season, the Roadrunners are currently tied for second. UTSA is 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the West.

UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey would not discuss specifics before a proposal was sent to the UT Board of Regents, but a deal is definitely in the works.

“You can definitely say that we’re working on a long-term arrangement to keep Coach Coker at UTSA for many years to come,” Hickey told the San Antonio Express-News.

Coker wasn’t available for comment, and Hickey stopped short of saying that the former Miami (Fla.) coach had agreed to terms.

Photo: Eric Gay, AP

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Top recruits believe Virginia's Mike London will return next season

There’s plenty of speculation surrounding Virginia coach Mike London’s status for next season, but at least two of the Cavaliers top recruits have had their doubts answered.

Virginia coach Mike London (Photo: Andrew Shurtleff, AP)Andrew Brown, Sr., the father of 5-star 2014 defensive tackle recruit Andrew Brown, reached out to UVa athletic director Craig Littlepage on Thursday regarding London’s situation, and got the answer he was looking for.

“We just wanted to ensure Mike London is gonna be there because that could change the situation around,” Andrew Brown Sr. told the Washington Post. “I feel comfortable now. Mike’s staying.

“We made a commitment to Mike, and we’re sticking by it through thick and thin.”

Littlepage confirmed to the Post via email that he had spoken to Brown Sr. and “reiterated that Mike London will be our coach” next season.

“I told Mr. Brown that in spite of some negativity we are committed to improving the program …. I didn’t want uncertainty to factor into Andrew Brown’s desire to be at UVa playing for Coach London,” Littlepage wrote.

Brown, who committed to the Cavaliers back in March, is the No. 1 defensive tackle recruit in the country according to the 247sports composite ranking.

Quin Blanding, also a 5-star recruit and the No. 1 safety recruit according to 247, told the Post that he is “100 percent committed” to Virginia and isn’t concerned about London’s job stability.

“I committed because of him, but it’s not that we’re keeping Coach London’s job,” Blanding said. “The players want to play for Coach London because he’s a great dude, a down-to-earth guy. We have his back 100 percent, and that’s why we ride with him.”

“Most people say, ‘They had an off season.’,” Blanding said. “That’s fine. That’s why you want to come in and work for something.

“Yeah, you can go to Alabama. But if you don’t go to Alabama, it’s still gonna be Alabama regardless. I want to bring U-Va. back to what we used to be.”

Both Brown and Blanding are ranked among the nation’s top 10 recruits regardless of position, and the Cavaliers join No. 1 Alabama as the only schools to have verbal commitments from top 10 prospects.

Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Virginia is currently 2-8 and travels to Miami on Saturday before closing out the season at home vs. Virginia Tech on Nov. 30.

Photo: Andrew Shurtleff, AP

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Orgeron: 'I don't really care' that Jack Del Rio interviewed for USC job

USC’s turnaround under interim coach Ed Orgeron has been remarkable, and the former Ole Miss head coach has made no secret that he wants the job full time.

Ed Orgeron USC Trojans head coaching jobHours after Orgeron led the Trojans to an upset win over Stanford on Saturday night, word leaked that SC athletic director Pat Haden had interviewed Denver Broncos defensive coordinator and interim head coach Jack Del Rio during the team’s bye week.

Orgeron learned about Del Rio’s interview through the media, but he told reporters that it doesn’t bother him in the least.

“That’s the first that I’ve heard about that, and I really don’t care,” Orgeron told the media on Sunday. “I know (Haden) has a job to do, and I know he’s going to go out there and interview the best guys available for USC.”

The excitement Orgeron is building has certainly caught Haden’s attention.

“What Ed has done has been absolutely remarkable,” Haden said Tuesday night during a radio interview with KFWB-AM. “He is clearly in our eyesight. We understand. It’s not just the fans.

“We’re sophisticated enough and know enough about this to understand the attributes that he has, and he’s a known quantity.”

For whatever it’s worth, Orgeron has the support of his former boss.

According to the LA Daily News’ Scott Wolf, Lane Kiffin was asked by AM 710 radio who the Trojans should hire and gave Orgeron an emphatic endorsement.

“That’s easy. That’s already done. It should be Ed Orgeron.”

But what if Haden goes in a different direction? Kiffin doesn’t think Orgeron would hang around as an assistant.

“It wouldn’t work,” he said.

Kiffin also predicted that the Trojans would win their final three games.

Photo: Don Ryan, AP

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Thursday, Nov. 21

Now that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has tied Barry Switzer for the school wins record, many insiders think he might be ready for a change.

It looks like Oklahoma coach  Bob Stoops will be back with the Sooners next season. (Photo: Alonzo Adams, AP)

It looks like Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will be back with the Sooners next season. (Photo: Alonzo Adams, AP)

There was some Florida chatter a couple of weeks ago and some USC chatter before that. Will Muschamp is likely to stay in place in Gainesville and you hear a lot of other names associated with USC.

Stoops won’t leave unless it’s a place where he can win as big as he has at Oklahoma, and there aren’t many of those places. That means the odds are good he’s still coaching the Sooners in 2014.

Multiple sources believe that Vanderbilt’s James Franklin could be on the move after the season.

Franklin has been rumored to be a second tier candidate at USC. With the job he’s done with the Commodores, he’s sure to have other opportunities.

Charlie Weis’ seat at Kansas is a little cooler after beating West Virginia to end a 27-game conference losing streak. Weis probably makes it to 2014. It’s hard to see the Jayhawks dumping two consecutive coaches after only two seasons.

The heat on Hawaii coach Norm Chow continues to rise. The Warriors are now 0-9 and a winless campaign is certainly possible. It’s wait and see, but this one could pop open.

Speaking of the Mountaineers, there’s a growing chorus of calls for Dana Holgorsen’s head on a platter.

His buyout that is reportedly $11.3 million, and that’s going to be hard for West Virginia to swallow. Fact is, that buyout probably saves him, but what if he loses to 1-9 Iowa State to close the season?

As for Holgorsen, he’s clearly frustrated with the program’s facilities.

There are lots of rumors flying about Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads. However, most believe Rhoads makes it, but makes significant staff changes. Still, a loss to Kansas Saturday could damage his chances of survival.

Indiana is 4-6 with games against Ohio State and Purdue remaining. Most insiders believe Kevin Wilson will return in 2014 – if he beats the Boilermakers in the season finale. With a loss in that one, things get very interesting.

There have been rumors and reports for weeks that Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is a serious candidate for the USC job.

We’ve heard from a couple of sources that he could be in play with the Houston Texans, should they decide to dump Gary Kubiak at season’s end. The Houston Chronicle now reports that Sumlin would be a “prime candidate.”

With Washington State on the verge of its first bowl berth since 2003, head coach Mike Leach was awarded a new contract extension that keeps his salary at $2.25 million per year and keeps him in Pullman until at least 2018.

The Cougars went 3-9 last season and are 5-5 in Leach’s second year.

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Countdown to Firing Day – Nov. 20, 2013

A look at where things stand with college football coaching potential firings by guest columnist Franz Beard.

EXTINCT SPECIES LIST

1. LANE KIFFIN, Southern Cal
2. PAUL PASQUALONI, UConn
3. DON TREADWELL, Miami (Ohio
)
4. CARL PELINI, Florida Atlantic
5. RON ENGLISH, Eastern Michigan

DEAD MEN WALKING

1. NORM CHOW, Hawaii (0-10)

Why he stays: There’s that season-ender with Army that is winnable. You can’t cut a coach loose with a winning streak, can you? He’s not going to quit. If he quits he doesn’t get buyout money.
Why he goes: The University of Hawaii volunteers him for Alzheimer’s research. There was a time he could actually coach, but apparently he’s forgotten how in his old age (he’s 67).

2. DANA HOLGORSEN, West Virginia (4-7)

Why he stays: It won’t be because he can coach. Maybe he has compromising photos of some of the alums and boosters out on the prowl with him late at night? There has to be a reason we keep hearing rumors that Oliver Luck will keep him one more year and that one is the most logical.
Why he goes: He lost to Charlie and the Cheeseburgers. That’s like being in the room with someone with a wino with a three-day old stink. The wino might leave, but the stench lingers. Also, Pep Hamilton is available to become the head coach.

3. RICH ELLERSON, Army (3-7)

Why he stays: Beating Navy would cure a whole lot of ills.
Why he goes: He has never beaten Navy and he’s not going to do it this year. His oldest player was five years old the last time Army beat Navy.

4. CHARLEY MOLNAR, UMass (1-9)

Why he stays: Really, who else would want this job? It doesn’t pay well, you’re forever from the nearest conference rival, there is no fan support and the closest Division I prospect lives in Pennsylvania.
Why he goes: The UMass administration finds a sucker who would actually take the job.

Mack Brown Texas Longhorns5. MACK BROWN, Texas (7-3)

Why he stays: If Baylor beats Oklahoma State and Texas beats Texas Tech and Baylor, Texas wins the Big 12 championship. That’s a lot of ifs but that’s what it will take.
Why he goes: He gets Baylored in the last game. It’s one thing to lose. It’s another thing to get Baylored. Baylored means giving up between 40-71 points and 600-800 yards. Actually, he’s a goner if he loses by one point to Baylor, but nobody loses by one to Baylor. Just ask Oklahoma.

ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST

1. SKIP HOLTZ, Louisiana Tech (4-6)

Why he stays: He wins the last two to finish 6-6 and some bowl is desperate enough to fill a slot with a team that will travel with at least 387 fans.
Why he goes: He loses to Tulsa and/or Texas San Antonio, which means a losing season that opens the door for Lousy Tech to ask Coach O if he wants to come home to Louisiana

2. MIKE LONDON, Virginia (2-8)

Why he stays: There are eight million (dollars) reasons why he stays. Since Virginia can’t pony up that kind of jack, instead it fires the AD and the lawyers who came up with that ridiculous contract.
Why he goes: What you know you will have to do eventually might as well happen now. Mike’s the nicest guy in the world. Just can’t coach a lick.

3. CHARLIE WEIS, Kansas (3-7)

Why he stays: The man just ended the 27-game Big 12 Conference losing streak plus he’s got better lawyers than the Kansas administration. Just ask Notre Dame. He’s got a chance to finish the season with four wins.
Why he goes: The president of KU can live with a football coach who scored higher on his SAT (Charlie made a 1600) but decides it’s not unreasonable to have a football coach who is actually pleasant to be around.

4. PAUL RHOADS, Iowa State (1-9)
Why he stays: It’s Ames, Iowa. It will be the dead of winter by the time they can start bringing in candidates. Starkville is almost a resort by comparison, so it’s simply easier to keep him another year.
Why he goes: He commits the unpardonable sin and loses to Charlie and his Fabulous Fighting Cheeseburgers this week.

ON LIFE SUPPORT

1. KEVIN WILSON, Indiana (4-6)

Why he stays: Tis better to score 35 and lose than beat Pur-don’t or anyone else, 9-7. Fortunately, for Wilson, Pur-don’t is the last game on the schedule. The Hoosiers will have nine or more midway through the first quarter. As long as Wilson revs it up for 40 or so points, he’s good for next year.
Why he goes: The entertainment value defense wore off last week when the Hoosiers only scored three against Wisconsin. Urban Meyer needs style points. Can you imagine what Ohio State is going to do to Indiana this week?

2. BOBBY HAUCK, UNLV (5-5)

Why he stays: He gets at least one win in the last two games to get UNLV to a bowl game for the first time since 2000. Albuquerque here we come, baby!
Why he goes: He is 11-37 in his UNLV career. Two more losses and it’s four straight losing seasons.

3. DAN ENOS, Central Michigan (4-6)

Why he stays: Western Michigan (1-10) and Eastern Michigan (2-8) are all that stands between Enos and .500. And, who knows? Maybe there is some bowl out there that is truly desperate to match up a couple of 6-6 teams that would have problems beating the Texas state high school champs.
Why he goes: All the mulligans have been used up. That’s what happens when your produce three wins in three of the last four seasons and your sterling example of progress is 7-6.

4. RON TURNER, Florida International (1-9)

Why he stays: Who they really need to fire is athletic director Pete Garcia. Either that or some smart alum needs to give Pete a copy of “The Peter Principle” with the good parts highlighted. Pete is the guy who hired Turner in the first place. That doesn’t look good on a resume.
Why he goes: You can get tickets for Saturday’s game with Marshall for $4 on Stub Hub. That’s less than a Happy Meal.

5. TERRY BOWDEN, Akron (4-7)

Why he stays: Okay, so the three D1 teams he’s beaten are 4-27. There’s that almost win at The Big House. Hey, it was Michigan, right?
Why he goes: Toledo hangs 50 or more on the stunt double for the Pillsbury Doughboy and puts Jim Tressell in charge of hiring the new coach.

6. DAVE CHRISTENSON, Wyoming (4-6)

Why he stays: He could still get to .500 by beating Hawaii and Utah State.
Why he goes: Patience is a virtue and when it comes to Christenson, the virtue has been used up for awhile. If he loses to Hawaii, firing is your basic no-brainer.

SAFE FOR NOW

1. TIM BECKMAN, Illinois (3-7)

Why he stays: Pur-don’t is on the schedule this week, which should mean a fourth win and a 100% improvement over last year.
Why he goes: He loses to Pur-don’t, which is like losing to Kansas if you’re in the Big 12. His defense is worse than Indiana’s.

2. RANDY EDSALL, Maryland (6-4)

Why he stays: The Terps are bowl-eligible for the first time since they ran The Fridge and head coach in waiting James Franklin out of town. Fridge is living fine thanks to that buyout money. Franklin has Vanderbilt going to its third straight bowl game and Maryland is stuck with Edsall and more red ink than you’ll find at a Hallmark Cards plant.
Why he goes: Maryland is about to go to the Big Ten, a conference where you don’t have to play Florida State and Climpson (there is a P in it … just ask someone who went there to say the word), and they might actually win some games if they have a decent coach.

3. BO PELINI, Nebraska (7-3)

Why he stays: If they figure out how to stop anybody — debatable — the Huskers could easily win their division in the Big Ten next year behind dynamic Tommie Armstrong at quarterback and stud runner Ameer Abdullah.
Why he goes: Husker fans were a lot more patient with Dr. Tom, who needed 22 years to win a national championship. They fired Frank Solich after he went 58-19.

4. DAN MULLEN, Mississippi State (4-6)

Why he stays: AD Scott Stricklin really likes Mullen and will like him even more if the Bulldogs beat Ar-Kansas and Ole Miss to get to a fourth straight bowl game. Even a trip to Shreveport is a big deal for MSU fans and they won’t mind the rule that says you have to stay an extra week if you lose the Independence Bowl.
Why he goes: If Mullen leaves, it’s probably on his terms. His name is out there and there will be opportunities to bolt.

5. KIRK FERENTZ, Iowa (6-4)

Why he stays: You can buy a home in Detroit for as little as $100, important to know because the Hawkeyes are probably heading to Detroit for the Motor City Bowl. Think about it Hawkeye fans: urban blight, football and a chance to own an entire city block for a couple thousand bucks. Does it get better than this?
Why he goes: (A) He takes a job somewhere else but who would hire him?; and (B) the boosters pony up the $21 million it would take to buy him out. And you thought Charlie Weis was the only one who had a shark for a lawyer.

6. BRETT BIELEMA, Arkansas (3-7)

Why he stays: Although the majority of the fan base think Bielema has been in Fayette Nam seven games too many, AD Jeff Long is determined to stand by his man. The faithful liked Frank Broyles a whole lot more than they like Jeff. Meanwhile up in Wisconsin, they LOVE Gary Anderson and nobody seems to miss Brett.
Why he goes: The folks who write the big checks with last names like Walton, Tyson and Reynolds chip in and buy him out.

7. JIM GROBE, Wake Forest (4-6)

Why he stays: This was supposed to be a bad year but by Wake Forest Gump standards, 4-6 with a chance to beat Duke Ellington and Gloria Vanderbilt is more excitement than they could have ever dialed up.
Why he goes: Grobe has done enough in his time at Winston-Salem to write his own exit strategy.

8. WILL MUSCHAMP, Florida (4-6)

Why he stays: Jeremy Foley says so.
Why he goes: Jeremy Foley changes his mind, which isn’t going to happen, at least this year.

Photo: Michael Mulvey, AP

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