Planes were being tracked, tweets were being sent and sources were everywhere. The snag regarding Jim McElwain’s availability was the gigantic buyout he had with Colorado State. It appears that has been resolved and Florida has it’s next head coach.
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.
Despite Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst giving Bo Pelini a contract extension last winter, Eichorst pulled the trigger Sunday in firing his embattled head coach.
So who would fit the bill to replace Pelini?
Now that the College Football Playoff Committee has released its first poll we can move on to the bigger story, who’s going to head perennial powers—Michigan and Florida?
The stage is set for Bobby Petrino’s return to Louisville.
The school told media Wednesday that the athletic department’s Personnel Committee would a hold a special meeting in the athletic director’s suite of the football stadium. A press conference is scheduled roughly a half hour later.
Petrino landed at Western Kentucky after scandal cost him his job at Arkansas in 2012. Following a motorcycle accident that spring, it was discovered that Petrino was riding with his mistress, Jessica Dorrell, who he had hired for a position within the football program.
When Petrino’s personal and professional relationships with Dorrell became public, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long abruptly fired Petrino, despite a 34-17 record.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich interviewed seven candidates for the job, including Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason, and Strong’s two coordinators – Vance Bedford and Shawn Watson.
Petrino was coach of the Cardinals from 2003-06, and compiled a 41-9 record.
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