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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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Hal Mumme to meet with Jones, SMU staff next week

Hal Mumme will reportedly become the offensive coordinator at SMU. (Photo: Tommy Metthe/Abilene Reporter-News)

Hal Mumme is expected to become offensive coordinator at SMU. (Photo: Tommy Metthe/Abilene Reporter-News)

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e reported this morning that SMU coach June Jones would reportedly hire Hal Mumme as offensive coordinator, citing Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch who first reported the news via Twitter.

Jones has confirmed that he will meet Mumme next week and he is expected to join the staff, but it will not be as offensive coordinator.

“It’s accurate we’re going to talk but the coordinator thing is not,” Jones told Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News on Saturday.

Mumme was offered the offensive coordinator job at James Madison last month, but turned it down presumably because of the SMU opportunity. He resigned as head coach of McMurry University last month.

In 2009, Mumme took over a program that had lost 13-consecutive games competing in Division III. Mumme led the War Hawks to three straight winning seasons, a 27-16 record and a transition to a Division II Independent.

The innovator of the “Air Raid” offense, Mumme’s 22-year head coaching career began at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989, peaked at Kentucky in the mid-1990s and also included stops at Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State and Valdosta State.

At SMU, Jones will remain the primary offensive coordinator and continue to call plays.

Before the 2012 season, Jones hired Jason Phillips, who was co-offensive coordinator with Kliff Kingsbury at Houston, as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He hopes the addition of Mumme to the mix will help bolster the Mustangs’ passing attack.

“He believes the same things I do about offense,” Jones said. “I tried to hire him three years ago but it didn’t work out. I want him to sit down and talk with all the offensive guys.’’

Bob Palcic, who was hired as offensive line coach last season, will retire, creating a vacancy for Mumme.

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