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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Wednesday, Nov. 20

Sources indicate the heat is rising on Illinois coach Tim Beckman.

Smiles have been been tough to come by lately for Nebraska's Bo Pelini and Illinois' Tim Beckman. (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP)

Smiles have been been tough to come by lately for Nebraska’s Bo Pelini and Illinois’ Tim Beckman. (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP)

Athletic director Mike Thomas has been noncommittal about his future. That was before Beckman almost came to blows with OC Bill Cubit on the sidelines Saturday.

Beckman is 5-17 in his second season at the helm. Thomas fired former coach Ron Zook after he led the Illini to back-to-back bowls. (Those Illini teams won back-to-back bowls for the first time in program history).

We’re hearing that Nebraska’s Bo Pelini is likely to be safe if the Huskers finish 9-3. That is, unless they give up 70 in the bowl game ( a la last year’s Big Ten title game).

Frank Solich was fired after going 9-3, but sources say current AD Shawn Eichorst probably isn’t likely to be as quick on the trigger as Steve Pederson.

Oklahoma State handed Mack Brown his worst home loss as Texas head coach on Saturday, beating the No. 24 Longhorns, 38-13. It was Brown’s eighth straight defeat against a ranked team at home.

The reality is that Brown likely needs to beat Texas Tech and Baylor (and have Baylor beat Oklahoma State). That scenario would give the Longhorns the Big 12 title and a BCS bowl berth.

Anything less than that and it’s probably over.

In an interview with Steve Hartman and Pat O’Brien, LA Daily News writer Scott Wolff says Ed Orgeron has a 50% chance of landing the USC job on a permanent basis. If the Trojans beat UCLA, that could increase to 75%.

Former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat says he’d give Orgeron another shot.

“If Mr. Haden asked me that question, given the performance, the 180-degree turnaround — if I’m the president or chancellor, I would recommend that we give him a shot at it,” Khayat said. “[Orgeron] knows what it’s like to be hired, fired, to win and lose.

“I’ve probably said more than I should — I should answer this as a hypothetical. But I would want to see him have the opportunity to be a head coach.”

There’s been some speculation privately – and now publicly – that FIU coach Ron Turner could leave on his own accord and head back to the NFL. Sources indicate there’s a growing movement to dump both him and athletic director Pete Garcia.

Southern Miss coach Todd Monken announced a change in the Golden Eagles coaching staff Tuesday afternoon. Graduate assistant Grant Garner will replace veteran assistant Pete Perot as offensive line coach for the final two games of the season.

Rhode Island head coach Joe Trainer has been released from the final year of his contract, athletic director Thorr Bjorn announced.

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Pete Perot out as Southern Miss offensive line coach

Southern Miss offensive line coach Pete Perot has been let go according to multiple reports.

The story was broken by Southern Miss website Big Gold Nation on Twitter:

 

The Golden Eagles are 0-10 in Todd Monken’s first season as head coach and mired in a 22-game losing streak.

Perot, who played six seasons in the NFL during the early 80s, spent the past 12 seasons as OL coach at Louisiana Tech. He was offensive line coach at Southern Miss from 1997-99.

USM will face Middle Tennessee State at home followed by UAB on the road to finish the 2013 season.

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Washington State extends Leach's contract through 2018

Washington State has extended Mike Leach’s contract through 2018.

Washington State has extended coach Mike Leach's contract through 2018 (Photo: AP)The Cougars were 3-9 in Leach’s first season at Wazzu, but are 5-5 with games remaining against Utah and arch-rival Washington.

Athletic director Bill Moos is quite pleased with the program’s progress.

“Mike Leach has done a fabulous job in his short time at Washington State,” Moos said in a release. “Extending his contract through the 2018 season will ensure a bright future for Cougar football. He has elevated the program on the field, in the community and in the classroom.

“I believe he is among the best college football coaches in America and is a fantastic fit in Pullman.”

Leach is 92-57 in 12 seasons as a college head coach. The Cougars five wins are their most at this point in the season since 2006.

“I’d like to thank Bill Moos and President Floyd for extending my contract and giving me the opportunity to coach at Washington State,” Leach said. “The support we have received from students, fans, alumni and the administration has been tremendous and by the end of this year we will have facilities that rival anyone in the country.

“As I’ve said many times, my family and I are extremely happy at Washington State and love living in Pullman.”

Photo: AP

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News and Rumors: USC coaching search update

News surfaced over the weekend that Broncos defensive coordinator and interim head coach Jack Del Rio interviewed for the USC job during Denver’s off week. We’d been hearing rumors, but nothing confirming the interview until Sunday.

Is Ed Orgeron's success making things tough on Pat Haden? (Photo: Ed Rubalcava, CalSport Media via AP)

Is Ed Orgeron’s success making things tough on Pat Haden? (Photo: Ed Rubalcava, CalSport Media via AP)

Another story surfaced citing sources close to the search claiming the Trojans might be willing to pay as much as $6 million per year to the right coach.

At the same time, interim coach Ed Orgeron is out actively campaigning for the job.

“I want to be the head coach at USC,” Orgeron said Monday during an appearance on ESPNU’s “CFB Daily.” “I love being a head coach. I think that it’s something I’m able to do, and do well. And I want to be the head coach at USC when I get the chance.

“I think I can perform on a very high basis to do what the Trojan family wants me to do.”

Current players are also weighing in saying they’d like to see Orgeron get the permanent gig.

“We absolutely love him,” USC quarterback Cody Kessler said Saturday night. “We’d run through a brick wall for him. He has that look in his eye that you can tell that when he talks to you he really does care.

“I gave him a hug after the game, and I don’t know if he’d want me saying this, but I saw his eyes water up. It’s awesome when you play with someone who has that same passion.”

Then there was a report last week that Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin had emerged as the top candidate for the job.

Our analysis?

Orgeron has done a phenomenal job. However, the two leaks over the past week suggest the Trojans are looking in other directions – at least for now. There was no reason for the Del Rio interview to leak – unless it was to quell the growing excitement of USC fans about Orgeron.

And USC certainly isn’t going to pay Orgeron, who was 10-25 at Ole Miss, $6 million per season.

Now, there’s a big difference in coaching at USC and Ole Miss. USC is probably the best job in the Pac-12. Ole Miss is among the bottom bottom four in the SEC. And Orgeron seems more at ease, more mature and more comfortable in his own skin this time around. That doesn’t mean he’s getting the job.

What about Sumlin? We don’t buy it. At least not yet.

Pick a name associated with the USC coaching search – Del Rio, Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher, Lovie Smith, Mike Riley… Almost every name associated with the job has an NFL background. Even Orgeron spent time with the Saints.

From the outside looking in, it seems USC athletic director Pat Haden is looking for a coach with a certain profile. Sumlin doesn’t seem to fit that profile.

What happens? We’re not sure yet. But this one is far from over.

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Parents of Rutgers player who quit team following bullying incident call school's statement 'insane'

The parents of a Rutgers player who quit the team following an alleged bullying incident involving Scarlet Knights defensive coordinator Dave Cohen have responded to a statement released by the school on the matter calling it “insane.”

Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen (Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen (Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

On Friday, Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann released a statement responding to an NJ.com story about the alleged bullying that led cornerback Jevon Tyree to quit the team.

The Tyrees objected to several of the points outlined in Hermann’s statement, including the assertion that Mark Tyree, Jevon’s father, met with Hermann on two occasions following the incident.

The statement said Hermann spoke to Tyree’s father and “confirmed that the matter was resolved to his satisfaction.”

“I never talked to her. That is insane,” Mark Tyree told NJ.com. “My mother has passed and I would put my hand on a stack of Bibles in her goodness. That’s ridiculous that she would even say that. That’s scary.”

Jevon Tyree claims that Cohen got in his face during an April study hall session and called him a “pussy” and a “bitch” and threatened to head-butt him. Tyree said the incident, which was was witnessed approximately 10 teammates and a tutor, led to him being ostracized from the team and eventually quitting on Nov. 6.

Tyree and his parents have sought disciplinary action against Cohen.

In its statement, Rutgers said Cohen apologized “the following day for his participation in the escalation of the banter” and head coach Kyle Flood reprimanded him.

The statement also said that “at no time was there any threat of physical violence, which was verified by an academic counselor, who was present in the room,” but when asked to make the counselor available for questions, Rutgers refused.

Tyree’s parents told NJ.com that they had meetings with Cohen and Flood, but remain unsatisfied by what they consider an insufficient response by the athletic department. They said that they have “never” spoken with Hermann.

Mark Tyree said he first attempted to reach Hermann after Jevon quit the team on Nov. 6. Until then, Mark Tyree wanted to handle his concerns directly with Flood and Cohen.

“We didn’t even want this to escalate to the athletic director,” Mark Tyree said. “We were trying to keep this in-house, that we could make it so it wasn’t a big deal. I wasn’t trying to go to the (university) president and the NCAA. I was like, ‘Hey, let’s try to resolve this.’ ”

News of the incident comes just seven months after men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for bullying his players.

The Rice scandal led to the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti and a housecleaning in the Rutgers athletic department.

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College Football Coaching Hot Seat Ranking – Monday, Nov. 18

The Football Rumor Mill Hot Seat Ranking for Monday, Nov. 18, based on the latest college football coaching news and insider rumors:

OPEN

USC – Lane Kiffin
UConn – Paul Pasqualoni
Miami (Ohio) – Don Treadwell
FAU – Carl Pelini
Eastern Michigan – Ron English

THE FLAMING FANNYFiring Seems a Forgone Conclusion

Army –Rich Ellerson (3-7)
Central Michigan – Dan Enos (4-6)
Hawaii – Norm Chow (0-9) WARMER
Virginia – Mike London (2-8)
Wyoming – Dave Christensen (4-6)

THE SCORCHED HINEYFiring Seems Likely

FIU – Ron Turner (1-9)
Illinois – Tim Beckman (3-7) WARMER
Nebraska – Bo Pelini (7-3)
Texas – Mack Brown (7-3)
Wake Forest – Jim Grobe (4-6)
West Virginia – Dana Holgorsen (4-7) WARMER

THE TOASTY TUSHFiring is a Possibility

Air Force – Troy Calhoun (2-8)
Indiana – Kevin Wilson (4-5) WARMER
Iowa State – Paul Rhoads (1-9) WARMER
Kansas – Charlie Weis (3-7)
Maryland – Randy Edsall (6-4)
Mississippi State – Dan Mullen (4-6)
SMU – June Jones (4-5)
UNLV – Bobby Hauck (5-5)

THE HEATING PAD – Plenty Warm, but… will probably see 2014

Florida – Will Muschamp (4-6)
Georgia Tech – Paul Johnson (6-4)
Iowa – Kirk Ferentz (6-4)
Troy – Larry Blakeney (5-6)
Washington – Steve Sarkisian (6-4)

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Jack Del Rio interviewed for USC job

Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio interviewed for the USC head coaching vacancy on Nov. 1, according to multiple reports.

Denver Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio interviewed for the USC coaching job on Nov. 1. (Photo: Gregory Bull, AP)Del Rio, who played linebacker at USC during the early 1980s, met with athletic director Pat Haden during Denver’s bye week.

Broncos GM John Elway confirmed that Haden asked permission to interview Del Rio. The interview took place one day before news surfaced that Denver head coach John Fox needed to undergo heart surgery, which elevated Del Rio to the interim job.

Del Rio was 68–71 in nine seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.

Trojans assistant Ed Orgeron became USC’s interim coach after Lane Kifin’s firing and is a candidate to become full time coach. The former Ole Miss head coach has led USC to a 5-1 record, including a 20-17 upset win against No. 10 Stanford on Saturday night.

Other names mentioned in conjunction with the USC opening include Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

Former Bears coach Lovie Smith has denied twice in the past month that he interviewed with USC.

Photo: Gregory Bull, AP

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