Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley keeps things close to the vest, so the fact that there are all sorts of rumors flying around really isn’t all that surprising. Good information is hard to come by, but here’s what we know.
The SEC West or Gainesville and the Florida Gators? That’s the question two of hottest offensive minds in college football are being asked.
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Most insiders now assume Michigan will dump Brady Hoke. Barring a major turnaround, it appears to be more a matter of when – not if – a change will be made. We continue to hear the same names.
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.
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.
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[dropcap]O[/dropcap]klahoma State cornerbacks coach Jason Jones is leaving for Ole Miss, OSU officials have confirmed.
Jones has spent the past five seasons with the Cowboys.
He replaces Ole Miss secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff, who joined the New Orleans Saints’ staff earlier this month.
Prior to Oklahoma State, Jones had two stints at Tulsa (2005, 2007) and spent one season at Rice (2006).
A two-year starter at defensive back for Alabama, Jones served as a graduate assistant there in 2004.
Head coaches may get the glory at the press conferences, but its the assistant coaches whose year-round grind that builds the relationships that ultimately make National Signing Day either a success or failure. Today, we’re recognizing some assistants whose hard work paid off with huge Signing Day hauls.-CoachScoop (Note: These profiles are focused on assistants who had particular success on National Signing Day. We’ll release our ranking of the naton’s top recruiters later this week.)
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s no secret that Ole Miss has been the story of the 2013 recruiting season.
The Rebels have had tons of buzz the past few months, and that culminated with a huge haul on Wednesday.
There’s undoubtedly several things that played into their success, but one factor that cannot be overlooked is assistant coach Chris Kiffin.
Kiffin, who followed Hugh Freeze from Arkansas State last year, served as lead recruiter for both Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 260), the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit, and Laremy Tunsil (6-6, 295), the No. 1 offensive line prospect in the country. Both Nkemdiche and Tunsil committed and signed with the Rebs on Signing Day.
Nkemdiche, whose brother Denzel is a starting linebacker for the Rebs, kicked things off with an early-morning announcement on ESPNU. Long thought to be a lock to join his brother, the Grayson (Ga.) High defensive end chose Ole Miss over LSU and Florida in the end, but had offers from virtually every school in the country.
Tunsil was a different story entirely. On Jan. 22, three days before his official visit to Oxford, the Lake City (Fla.) Columbia High product told UGASports.com’s Jake Rowe, “I’m just taking a visit to Ole Miss and stuff to see how the campus is, but I just have a top two and that is Georgia and Alabama.”
That changed quickly after his trip to Oxford, and Kiffin’s hard work certainly played a part in Ole Miss’ move to the front of the pack. Like Nkemdiche, he announced for the Rebels on ESPNU Wednesday morning.
Freeze hired Kiffin as Arkansas State’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011. It was Kiffin’s first opportunity to coach on-the-field after serving in administrative and quality control roles at USC and Nebraska, and it has turned out to be a wise decision.
In addition to Nkemdiche and Tunsil, Kiffin also served as lead recruiter for Laquon Treadwell (6-3, 198, Crete, Ill.), an Ole Miss signee and the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver prospect.
Before Wednesday, Ole Miss had never signed a single top-20 rated recruit. Now, with Kiffin leading the charged, they’ve signed three.
The Rebels are currently No. 7 in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings after entering the day at No. 11.