The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Friday, Dec. 6
Look for former Boise State assistant Bryan Harsin to be a leading candidate to replace Chris Petersen, who left for Washington.
Harsin spent 10 seasons at Boise before becoming co-offensive coordinator at Texas prior to the 2011 season. After two seasons at Texas, Harsin replaced Gus Malzahn as head coach at Arkansas State.
The Red Wolves are 7-5 in Harsin’s first season there.
New USC coach Steve Sarkisian is working feverishly to assemble his staff.
Trojans wide receivers coach Tee Martin will be retained, while the Seattle Times’ Adam Jude reports Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon will join Sarkisian at SC.
Former Huskies defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and uber-recruiter Tosh Lupoi would like to follow Sarkisian, but both coaches have big buyouts to keep them away from other Pac-12 schools and those remain a hurdle.
Sarkisian targeted UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, but FoxSports’ Lindsay Thiry reports that Klemm has come to terms with the Bruins and will remain at UCLA.
Sources tell us that Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson is a serious candidate for the UConn job.
At Wyoming, it looks former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford is the leading candidate.
If Tedford isn’t the guy, sources tell us Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz and Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers could emerge as candidates. Bobby Petrino’s name has also been floating around.
Our sources indicate that it’s just a matter of time before a deal is finalized for Ball State coach Pete Lembo to become the new head coach at Wake Forest.
Wake AD Ron Wellman flew to Muncie on Wednesday evening to meet with Lembo and spent the night, which is a good sign that it was more than just an interview.
According to Kirk Bohls, attorney and Texas mega-booster Joe Jamail says Longhorns’ coach Mack Brown could decide his after weighing outcome of Baylor game. According to Jamail, “(Brown) has not decided.”
Meanwhile, Texas president Bill Powers issued a statement essentially saying Brown’s future had not been decided and that no deal has been struck with Nick Saban.
TCU’s Gary Patterson has hired Houston offensive coordinator Doug Meacham in the same capacity.
Sources indicate that Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham is leaning toward returning next season.
UCLA has hired former longtime USC assistant Kennedy Polamalu as running backs coach.
At Florida, sources indicate that Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell could be a serious player to replace the fired Brent Pease. UCLA’s Noel Mazzone has also been linked to the job.
247Sports reports both could choose to remain at their current jobs. Sources tell us that Mazzone would likely be more open to a move, but to rule neither out.
Sources continue to indicate that if SMU’s June Jones either leaves or is fired, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz are expected to be serious candidates.
CSU-Pueblo coach John Wristen will interview for the Eastern Michigan job.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t want to talk about a contract extension until after Saturday’s SEC Championship Game, but athletic director Jay Jacobs is expected to reward the first-year coach with a new contract that will put him in the top half of the highest-paid SEC coaches.
“We want Gus to be here as long as he wants to be here,” Jacobs said on Thursday.
“We’ll have a deal that is great for him and good for Auburn.”