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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Wednesday, Dec. 11

With Bryan Harsin named head coach at his alma mater Boise State, Arkansas State defensive coordinator John Thompson has been named the Red Wolves’ interim head coach.

Ed OrgeronThompson, who was head coach at East Carolina in 2003-04, will lead ASU in the GoDaddy Bowl vs. Ball State.

ASU’s last three head coaches — Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze, Auburn’s Gus Malzhan to Auburn, and Harsin — each stayed with the school just one season before moving on to bigger and better things, which should help the school attract some interesting candidates this time around.

A couple of interesting names to keep an eye on include Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, an Arkansas native who was with Malzahn with the Red Wolves, former USC assistant Ed Orgeron and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.

Ravens assistant offensive line coach Todd Washington has been offered the USC o-line job by new Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian.

As first reported by CBS’ Bruce Feldman, Hawaii has fired defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer and linebackers coach Tony Tuioti.

Maryland defensive line coach Greg Gattuso has hired as head coach at Albany, according to multiple media reports.

Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports that Texas A&M’s Board of Regents will hold a special conference call at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The school’s president is seeking permission to execute a new contract with the head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Sumlin and athletic director Eric Hyman have an agreement in place for $5 million annually, up from $3.1 million per season.

Details of the contract should become available by open record request soon after details are finalized.

Iowa State offensive line coach Chris Klenakis will interview for the vacant offensive coordinator position.

Ole Miss has announced a one-year extension for Hugh Freeze. His base salary to will increase to $3 million per year. The salary pool for Freeze’s assistants will also increase by $400,000.

The offensive coordinator job at Florida remains in flux. We’re told the leading three candidates are UNC’s Blake Anderson, Arizona State’s Mike Norvell and Nebraska’s Tim Beck.

Sources indicate UCLA’s Noel Mazzone had an early interest, but decided to stay in Westwood.

Ball State offensive coordinator Rich Skrosky will be named head coach at FCS Elon.

Skrosky was an assistant at Elon from 2006-10 under former head coach Pete Lembo.

Photo: Don Ryan, AP

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Boise State to name Bryan Harsin as head coach

Boise State wasted no time in moving to replace head coach Chris Petersen.

Arkansas State head football coach Bryan Harsin will be named the new head coach at Boise State. (Photo: Jimmy Jones, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)BSU is expected to name Arkansas State’s Bryan Harsin as head coach, according to a source.

Harsin went 7-5 in his one season at Arkansas State, leading the Red Wolves to a berth in the GoDaddy Bowl.

The 37-year-old Harsin played quarterback for the Broncos from 1995-99, and served as an assistant under head coaches Dan Hawkins and Petersen from 2001 to 2010.

He spent one season as offensive coordinator at Texas before becoming the ASU head coach.

Photo: Jimmy Jones, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Mack Brown refutes report that he will step down

Texas coach Mack Brown says that an report that he will step down as the Longhorns coach is untrue.

Texas head football coach Mack Brown denies a report that he has decided to step down. (Photo: Michael Thomas, AP)“I haven’t seen (the) article,” Brown told via text message. “I’m in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here.

“I have not decided to step down.”

The Horns247 report indicates that the Texas football staff has not been made aware of any such decision, and that a high-ranking Texas source told the website a decision regarding Brown’s future is expected within the next 48 hours.

On Twitter,’s Bruce Feldman says that the Orangebloods report “will prove accurate.”

Rumors of Brown’s departure from Texas have been ongoing for the better part of this season.

In addition, Texas’ hiring of Steve Patterson to replace longtime athletic director DeLoss Dodds created more whispers about Brown’s future.

Patterson and Brown had their first sit down meeting in New York City on Dec. 8, and a source told the Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton that the meeting was “positive and productive.”

Later in the week, UT president Bill Powers, a longtime advocate of Brown, became part of the agenda at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting which created “an element of uncertainty” around Brown’s job status, according to Carlton.

Brown is 158-47 record in 16 seasons at Texas, winning 10 bowl games, six Big 12 South titles, three conference titles and the 2005 BCS National Championship.

The Longhorns finished the regular season 8-4, following a 30-10 loss to Baylor on Saturday.

Texas had never failed to win at least nine games prior to the 2010 season, but the Longhorns have not reached the 10-win mark since.

Photo: Michael Thomas, AP

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Dave Clawson to be introduced today as Wake Forest coach

Bowling Green’s Dave Clawson will be announced Tuesday as Wake Forest’s new head coach.

Bowling Green head football coach Dave Clawson will be introduced as Wake Forest's head coach on Tuesday. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)Clawson led Bowling Green to a 10-3 record and a MAC Championship, with the Falcons knocking off previously undefeated Northern Illinois in the MAC title game on Friday night.

Wake athletic director Ron Wellman, a Bowling Green alum, was in attendance for the MAC Championship Game. Clawson interviewed with Wake Forest officials on Sunday and was offered the position the following day.

The job came down to Clawson and Ball State’s Pete Lembo, who met with Wellman in Muncie, Ind. on Thursday.

Before arriving at Bowling Green, Clawson was the head coach at FordhamRichmond and offensive coordinator at Tennessee for one season (2008). Clawson has a 32-31 record with the Falcons, with two previous bowl appearances (2009, 2012) and 18 wins in the last two seasons.

Clawson replaces Jim Grobe, who resigned Dec. 2 after 13 seasons.

Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP

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Florida players celebrate Ohio State's Big Ten title game defeat on Twitter

If Auburn fans were pulling hardest against Ohio State during Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, the Florida Gators came in a close second.

After a tumultuous final year in Gainesville, there’s no love lost between the Gators fan base and Meyer, and Florida players both past and present took to Twitter to show their excitement at the Buckeyes’ expense.

UF kicker Brad Phillips (@sirkicksalot97):

Linebacker Kent Taylor (@kenttaylor18):


Ex-Gator and current Miami Dolphin Jelani Jenkins (@jelanijenkins3):

A couple of the most pointed tweets have since been deleted.

Florida wide receiver Quinton Dunbar (@QuintonDunbar1):

Lol lets see if Urban Meyer play sick again #UnLoyal

Gators offensive guard Jon Halapio (@Jhalapio67), who later said the tweet wasn’t directed at Meyer/Ohio State:


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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Monday, Dec. 9

It was just a matter of time before Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s name started being mentioned for this year’s head coach openings.

UConn has asked to interview Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi regarding its head coach opening. (Photo: AP)

UConn has asked to interview Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi regarding its head coach opening. (Photo: AP)

Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reports that UConn has requested an interview Narduzzi about the Huskies’ coaching vacancy.

We reported yesterday that should Texas dump Mack Brown, they could pursue some big names like Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh or Jimbo Fisher.

Now, sources close to the situation tell us a decision on Brown is likely to drag out for a few days. Most believe Brown won’t go willingly. In other words, if Texas wants to make a change, it could be ugly.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida State may still be vulnerable to losing Jimbo Fisher, even though he has agreed to a contract extension.

CBS’ Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins could pursue Baylor coach Art Briles when Mike Shanahan is officially shown the door.

The Dallas Morning News says that Briles is likely to stay in Waco.

Rumors continue to circulate that the Texans could pursue Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.

Wake Forest has interviewed Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson. Clawson’s team won the MAC title by defeating Northern Illinois on Friday.

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann gave coach Kyle Flood a vote of confidence. Then, Flood fired three assistants, including defensive coordinator Dave Cohen who had been accused of bullying.

New Wyoming coach Craig Bohl will be paid a base salary of $750,000 a year at the start with the opportunity to earn up to $1.2 million with incentives. His contract is for five years.’s Bruce Feldman reports that Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin is interviewing for the Boise State job today.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Broncos linebackers coach Bob Gregory will also interview for the job. Gregory and associate head coach Chris Strausser are believed to be the only two in-house candidates being considered.

Other candidates include Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Harsin. All three have ties to Boise State.

Jon Gruden won’t pursue any NFL or college jobs and is committed to ESPN for 2014.

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Sunday, Dec. 8

It looks very much like the Mack Brown era at Texas will end in 2013.

Could 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh be a candidate for the Texas job? (Photo: AP)

Could 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh be a candidate for the Texas job? (Photo: AP)

Sources intimate the target list includes Alabama coach Nick Saban, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher. And don’t rule out Les Miles and Art Briles.

We’re told not to be fooled by leaked contract extensions and that the Longhorns are willing to wait until after late bowl games to get the right guy. Money will be no object.

If there’s a big buyout, Texas will pay it.

For a coaching change year that looked slow (only nine jobs open so far), the Texas job could make things very interesting. The Longhorns will hire a head coach. And that could create a ton of other movement. Alabama, FSU and LSU are great jobs. It’s going to be a very long and interesting month.

At Boise State, sources tell us that while Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin in on the list, he’s by no means a shoo-in. The Idaho Statesman reports former defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and former coach Dirk Koetter are also candidates.

A different source tell us that former Broncos coach Dan Hawkins might have an interest. In August, Hawkins was fired just five games into his first season with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

Wake Forest is scheduled to interview Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson. The Deacons have already interviewed Ball State head coach Pete Lembo. Sources also indicate MTSU coach Rick Stockstill could become a serious candidate.

Oregon State is not an easy place to win, and Mike Riley has done a terrific job since he’s been in Crovalis. But, The Oregonian reports that frustration is growing.

Mike Bellotti says that Chris Petersen has long held an interest in the Washington job.

The Idaho Statesman reports Boise State running backs coach Keith Bhonapha, a key recruiter in Southern California, will join Chris Petersen’s staff at Washington.

We reported that Wyoming was going to hire a current head coach to replace Dave Christensen, and the Cowboys did that Saturday when they hired North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl.

Bohl has won 101 games and led the Bison to consecutive FCS championships.

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers has become the hot name for the Florida Atlantic job lately.

Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan has been hired as Kansas’ new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, KU head coach Charlie Weis announced Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Jimbo Fisher and Florida State have agreed to a new contract that will put him among the top 10 highest paid in the country.

Under the new deal, Fisher will average about $4.1 million a season. An official announcement is expected early this week.

“He’s obviously doing a a good job, so he deserves it,” FSU president Eric Barron said on the field Saturday night after the Seminoles defeated Duke 45-7 to win the ACC championship.

NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reports Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, who agreed to a 6-year deal recently, hasn’t signed it. That means the Texans may have a shot at landing him.

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn has agreed to a new six-year contract, the school announced. Malzahn will be paid $3.85 million in the first year of the new deal and receive a $250,000 raise each year.

The Dallas Morning News reports SMU coach June Jones says he has contract extension offer in hand and will ‘probably’ sign it.

Serious question: On Oct. 25, did you laugh out loud when we quoted a former major college coach who said he thought Auburn would be playing for the National Championship?

Don’t feel bad; we chuckled a time time, too. Guess Malzahn is the only one laughing now.

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