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Wyoming hires North Dakota State's Craig Bohl

North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl will be announced today as Wyoming’s new head coach.

North Dakota State's Craig Bohl will be named head coach at Wyoming on Sunday.Bohl is 101-32 with the Bison. NDSU is 41-2 the past three seasons and has won the last two FCS title.

Following a 38-7 win over Furman on Saturday, this year’s team is 13-0 and playing in the FCS quarterfinals.

A former Nebraska defensive back, Bohl replaces Dave Christensen, who was fired last week after going 27-34 in five seasons with the Cowboys.

Bohl becomes the second FCS title-winning coach for their Cowboys in their last three coaches.

Joe Glenn, who had won a national title at Montana, was 30-41 at Wyoming from 2003 to 2008.

Photo: Carrie Snyder, Forum Communications

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Baylor's Art Briles could be a candidate for Texans job

Even though Baylor coach Art Briles signed an extension in November, the National Football Post reports that he could be a prime candidate to replace former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who was fired on Friday.

Baylor coach Art Briles is a candidate to replace Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak (Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP)Houston owner Bob McNair has indicated the team will put a priority on finding a coach who has head coaching experience.

Briles has strong connections to Houston, having both played at coached at the University of Houston. In addition, Briles recruited Texans quarter-back Case Keenum out of high school to play for the Cougars.

Because Baylor is a private university, details of Briles’ contract are not available, but it is believed he has smaller buyouts that would allow him to go to the NFL or to the University of Texas.

McNair said during a press conference Friday that coaches with previous experience tended to have more success than coaches who were elevated from a coordinator position or other spot.

The NFP report also points out that former Bears coach Lovie Smith, a Texas native, also meets that criteria.

Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP

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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.

Expect Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin to be a candidate to replace Chris Petersen at Boise State. (Photo: L.G. Patterson, AP)

Expect Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin to be a candidate to replace Chris Petersen at Boise State. (Photo: L.G. Patterson, AP)

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.”


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Report: Chris Petersen to be named Washington coach

Washington is expected to name Chris Petersen head coach on Friday, according to sources.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen is expected to be named head coach at Washington on Friday. (Photo: Joe Jaszweski, AP)

Boise State coach Chris Petersen is expected to be named head coach at Washington on Friday. (Photo: Joe Jaszweski, AP)

Petersen reportedly met with Huskies officials Thursday night in Boise and reportedly inked a deal to become one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12.

Though his name has been linked to several head-coaching jobs in recent years, Petersen turned them all down. But he had finally decided it was time for a new challenge and was actively pursuing new jobs.

Petersen met with athletic director Pat Haden in Boise on Sunday morning. Haden decided on Washington’s Steve Sarkisian, setting in motion Petersen’s move to Seattle.

According to an ESPN report, Petersen’s Thursday night meeting with Washington AD Scott Woodward and senior associate athletic director Jennifer Cohen was “not an interview.

“Representatives from both sides spent all day Thursday working out the agreement,” the source said.

Petersen was 92-12 with five conference titles and two BCS games during eight seasons at Boise State. The Broncos slipped to an 8-4 mark this season, including a loss to Washington.

Washington was previously to interview Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier on Thursday.

Photo: Joe Jaszweski, AP

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Wake Forest AD interviews Ball State's Pete Lembo

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman flew to Muncie, Ind., on Wednesday evening, presumably to interview Ball State coach Pete Lembo.

Ball State coach Pete Lembo is likely to be mentioned for several openings. (Photo: Richard Shiro, AP)According to the Muncie Star Press, Wake officials notified the Delaware County Airport that Wellman was flying to Muncie on a private aircraft. He arrived at 9:15 p.m. and a car was delivered to him from Enterprise Rent A Car.

Neither Ball State athletic director Bill Scholl nor Lembo would comment on the matter.

The Wake Forest job came open Monday when Jim Grobe resigned following a 13 seasons.

Wellman said this week that he is looking looking for a replacement with head coaching experience, a record of success and experience at a private institution with higher academic standards. Lembo, who previously coached at Lehigh and Elon, is considered the leading candidate for the job.

Lembo is under contract through 2015, and has a buyout is $396,000.

Grobe earned $2,251,635 last season.

Photo: Richard Shiro, AP

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Report: Petersen, Nussmeier leading candidates at Washington

Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier look like the top candidates to become Washington’s next head coach, according to a Seattle Times report.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen is a leading candidate to become Washington's next head coach. (Photo: Otto Kitsinger, AP)Petersen is 92-12 record in eight seasons at Boise State. Though his name has been linked to several head-coaching jobs in recent years, Petersen has elected to remain at Boise. There has been speculation that this might finally be the year Petersen makes a move, and Washington appears to be a good fit.

He made $2.2 million this season and has a $750,000 buyout in his contract, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Nussmeier spent three seasons as Steve Sarkisian’s offensive coordinator from 2009-11. He has expressed interest in the UW job, according to sources.

Nussmeier was scheduled to make $680,000 at Alabama this season.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, a longtime Huskies assistant under Don James, has been mentioned in connection with the job, but says that he is staying put.

“I’m a Missouri Tiger, I’m gonna stay a Missouri Tiger,” Pinkel said Thursday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show.

On Tuesday, Jim Mora turned down a chance to return to UW, his alma mater, agreeing instead to a six-year extension at UCLA.

Photo: Otto Kitsinger, AP

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Houston offensive coordinator Doug Meacham headed to TCU

Coming off the program’s worst record since 1997, it’s not exactly shocking to see staff changes at TCU.

Former Oklahoma State assistant and Houston offensive coordinator Doug Meacham has been hired as TCU offensive coordinator.A big part of the Horned Frogs’ issues were on offense, where TCU averaged just 25.1 points per game, which ranked 90th in the nation, and Gary Patterson has tapped Houston offensive coordinator Doug Meacham in an attempt to address TCU’s offensive woes.

Meacham, who was offensive coordinator at Houston for one season, will take over play-calling duties from co-offensive coordinators Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson. Former offensive coordinator Justin Fuente spent five seasons as TCU’s offensive coordinator before becoming Memphis‘ head coach prior to the 2012 season.

Before his stint at Houston, Meacham served as inside receivers/tight ends coach and passing game coordinator at Oklahoma State, his alma mater.

Meacham’s Houston offense averaged just under 34 points per game last season.

The Cougars started the season 7-1, but sputtered down the stretch, averaging just 19.5 points per game en route to a 1-3 finish.

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