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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Friday, Jan. 17

The Vanderbilt head coaching search is coming to an end.

Pep Hamilton reportedly turned down the chance to be Vanderbilt's head coach.  (Photo: Michael Conroy, AP)

Pep Hamilton reportedly turned down the chance to be Vanderbilt’s head coach. (Photo: Michael Conroy, AP)

School officials had a plane ready to go pick up Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, only to be turned down. Now, the Commodores are set to hire Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason.

Sources tell us that Cardinal linebackers coach Lance Anderson could join Mason at Vanderbilt as defensive coordinator.

At Florida State, several sources tell us that linebackers coach Charles Kelly is a serious candidate to replace Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator. Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins could also become a player.

Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has accepted the same job at LSU. Grimes was a member of Gene Chizik’s Auburn staff and was at Colorado before that.

Sources tell us that Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell has emerged as a serious candidate to replace Blake Anderson as OC at North Carolina.

The North Texas board of regents unanimously approved the parameters for a contract extension for Dan McCarney.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini announced that he has tabbed Air Force associate head coach and defensive coordinator Charlton Warren will be the Huskers’ new secondary coach.

Warren replaces Terry Joseph, who left to join the Texas A&M staff earlier this week.

New Texas head coach Charlie Strong has completed his coaching staff.

Darrin Chiaverini, an NFL veteran and fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Colorado, has been named special teams coordinator at Texas Tech.

DuckTerritory reports longtime Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal has been given additional responsibilities as the defense’s passing game coordinator.

Neal’s name was mentioned for the UAB head coaching vacancy, and he was an assistant with the Blazers previously.

Speaking of UAB

School officials are expected to interview former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe and current Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark on Friday.

Sources tell us that Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran could be a serious candidate, and Atlanta Falcons’ tight ends coach Chris Scelfo is also scheduled to interview.

Former Syracuse and UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni has been hired as the Chicago Bears new linebackers coach, according to the “Mully and Hanley” Show on WSCR 670 AM in Chicago.

The Washington Post reports Maryland has hired three new assistant coaches.

Keenan McCardell, a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been hired to coach the Terrapins’ wide receivers. Dave DeGuglielmo, a 22-year coaching veteran with nine years of NFL experience, will coach Maryland’s offensive line while Chad Wilt comes from Ball State to lead the defensive line.

ESPN reports Doug Woolard is being replaced as the University of South Florida athletic director, but he will be allowed to remain at the school in an unspecified role until his contract expires next year, sources said.

The decision to replace Woolard of his duties stems from “wide-ranging dissatisfaction” with the Bulls football and men’s basketball programs, according to sources.

NC State coach Dave Doeren has hired George Barlow as the Wolfpack’s cornerbacks coach. Barlow joins the Pack after two seasons at Vanderbilt.

Western Michigan running backs coach Charles Huff has left the Broncos to join James Franklin’s staff at Penn State.

The Miami Herald reports FIU has filled out its staff with the hirings of running backs coach Kenny Dixon, last year a running backs assistant at FAU; linebackers coach Rob Harley, last year a graduate assistant at Michigan State; and special teams coordinator Shannon Moore, a longtime assistant at South Dakota State.

Offensive line coach/run game coordinator Steve Shankweiler will be the offensive coordinator. Last year, head coach Ron Turner acted as his own offensive coordinator.

Following just one season at SMU, Hal Mumme is headed back to the small college ranks as a head coach.

Mumme will be named head coach at NAIA Belhaven Univeristy in Jackson, Miss.

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Florida State DC Jeremy Pruitt leaves for Georgia

Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has accepted the same position at Georgia, according to multiple media reports.

Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is leaving the Seminoles for the same position on Mark Richt's staff at Georgia. (Photo: Don Juan Moore, AP)Pruitt was reportedly in Athens on Tuesday meeting with Mark Richt and the UGA coaching staff.

Todd Grantham resigned Sunday as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator to join Bobby Petrino’s Louisville staff.

In December 2012, Pruitt left Alabama to join Jimbo Fisher’s FSU staff. Thirteen months later, the Pruitt-led Seminoles defense played a critical role in Florida State’s 34-31 win over Auburn in the BCS National Championship.

Georgia has yet to officially announce the hire and details of the contract are not yet available, but Pruitt is expected to sign a contract worth $850,000 annually.

Prior to his only season at FSU, Pruitt spent six seasons under Nick Saban at Alabama, including the final three as defensive backs coach.

Photo: Don Juan Moore, AP

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Report: Florida State's Jimbo Fisher signs contract extension

Reports surfaced before Florida State’s Dec. 7 ACC Championship Game win over Duke that Jimbo Fisher had agreed to a contract extension to remain the Seminoles’ coach.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has reportedly signed a contract extension to remain the Seminoles' coach. (Photo: John Raoux, AP)Word leaked soon after that Fisher had not yet signed the agreement, and his name has been mentioned prominently as a potential replacement for Mack Brown at Texas.

Now, according to a Warchant.com report, all the terms of Fisher’s new deal have been finalized and the agreement has been signed.

Full details were not available, but the new deal reportedly will pay Fisher a base salary of over $4.1 million a year, according to Warchant, is “very ‘incentive laden.'”

Whether the signing of the contract extension will quell the Fisher-to-Texas rumors remain to be seen. However, according to Warchant, a source close to Fisher says he is happy in Tallahassee and isn’t interested in the opening at Texas.

The Longhorns have reportedly narrowed their list of potential coaches to Fisher, Baylor’s Art Briles, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Louisville’s Charlie Strong.

In his fourth season at Florida State, Fisher is 44-10.

The Seminoles face Auburn for the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.

Photo: John Raoux, AP

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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.

CBSSports.com’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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Miami radio host fired after offering bounty on FSU player

Miami radio host Dan Sileo has been fired after he sent a tweet offering a bounty on an FSU player.

Sileo, who played for the Hurricanes in the 1980s, was a host on Miami’s 640AM. Sunday morning, he tweeted:

“in 6 weeks… I will PAY A $1000 BUCKS to ANY @hurricanesports PLAYER to TAKES THIS KID OUT #MHFREEMAN.”

Included in the tweet was the photo below, which shows Florida State defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan holding up the “U” symbol, but was apparently made in reference to Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman.

Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (Photo: Cliff Welch, Icon SMI)

Sileo subsequently apologized, stating that the was a joke and that he wasn’t serious about the $1,000 bounty:

 

Regardless, the damage was done, as the Sun-Sentinel’s Dave Hyde tweeted that Sileo had been fired from the radio station. Hyde also tweeted that the Miami compliance department was not happy about the tweet.

According to Sileo’s twitter feed, he says he’s been inundated with backlash from FSU fans and claims he’s received multiple death threats.

He also claims that there were threats against his daughter, and he has hired a private cop for protection and that his family is now in hiding.

Photo: Cliff Welch, Icon SMI

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Dabo: 'If we played Florida State 10 times, we'd win 5'

Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher (Photo: AP)Despite the 51-14 tally on Clemson’s home scoreboard, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney thinks his team is much more evenly matched with Florida State than it appeared Saturday.

In fact, after watching the game film, Swinney said that if the two teams played 10 times, “We’d probably win five, they’d probably win five.”

While Swinney didn’t take anything away from Florida State and admitted that there were some areas in which the Seminoles “were a bit ahead” of his team, he believes the lopsided margin was more an indication of Florida State playing a great game and his team having a bad night than the actual delta between the two teams.

I’m sure we’ll find out in coming days what Jimbo Fisher thinks about Swinney’s statement.

With Florida State piling up 565 yards, 30 first downs and a Death Valley record for points scored combined with forcing four turnovers and holding Clemson to just 326 yards (and nearly half of those after the game was completely out of hand), we’d be inclined to that Fisher — at least in private — might see it differently.

Photo credit: AP

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Tim Brewster expected to be named FSU tight ends coach

Ex-Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster is expected to become tight ends coach at Florida State. (hoto: Marlin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Ex-Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster is expected to become tight ends coach at Florida State. (hoto: Marlin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]im Brewster is expected to join Florida State’s coaching staff, a source tells CoachScoop.com.

According to the source, Brewster would be the FSU’s tight ends coach and could join the staff as early as today.

Brewster became Mississippi State’s wide receivers coach in August 2012. He shifted to tight ends coach when Billy Gonzales joined the Bulldogs’ staff earlier this month.

Brewster would fill the final opening on Florida State’s offensive staff. Jay Graham was hired as running back’s coach yesterday. Last week, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Billy Napier left FSU for Alabama after less than a month on the job. Quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator James Coley left last month for the same position at Miami.

The source expects Randy Sanders to be moved to quarterbacks coach. Sanders spent 14 seasons coaching quarterbacks at Tennessee and Kentucky before joining Jimbo Fisher’s staff as running backs coach in January.

A longtime assistant on Mack Brown’s staffs at North Carolina and Texas, Brewster coached tight ends in the NFL from 2002-06 with San Diego and Denver. He was named head coach at Minnesota in 2007.

Brewster was 15-30 with two bowl appearances in four years with the Gophers. He was fired after a 1-6 start in 2010.

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