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What’s Next For Michigan?

Michigan on Sunday watched painfully as their hated rival made the College Football Playoff Final Four. On top of that frustration, the football program still doesn’t have a head coach.

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Who’s Next At Florida Part II

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.

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Quick Hitters: What’s Important From Week 2

Here’s what you need to know and what’s really important after two weeks of college football.

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Friday, Jan. 3

The names on the Texas coaching search board appear to be dropping quickly.

Where will Steve Patterson turn to find Texas' next head coach? (Photo: Deborah Cannon, AP)

Where will Steve Patterson turn to find Texas’ next head coach? (Photo: Deborah Cannon, Austin American-Statesman/AP)

If recent reports are to be believed, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is off the table. Now Baylor’s Art Briles and UCLA’s Jim Mora have both stated publicly that they are not interested in the job and are not candidates.

Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio signed an extension. The news was announced Wednesday night just before Sparty’s Rose Bowl win over Stanford.

The school reportedly plans to make Dantonio one of the three highest-paid coaches in the Big Ten, and his assistants will become one of three highest-paid staffs in the conference.

If those names are gone, where does Texas athletic director Steve Patterson turn?

Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin are the other names most prominently linked to the job.

According to an Orangebloods.com report, Patterson has already interviewed both Strong and Franklin.

Despite the recent announcement of Fisher’s contract extension, sources continue to tell us that Fisher is not out of the mix at Texas. In fact HookEm247 believes that Fisher is likely the favorite to land the job.

Speaking of Fisher’s new deal, the Tallahassee Democrat reports that FSU built in an overall salary increase of 17 percent for the Seminoles’ nine assistant coaches. It’s up to Fisher to decide which assistants receive raises and how much.

The Gazette reports  former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple will interview for the UMass job next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. UMass fired Charley Molnar on Dec. 26.

Penn State AD Dave Joyner says the school could have a new head coach “in a matter of days rather than weeks.”

Longtime Nittany Lions defensive line coach Larry Johnson has been named the interim head coach. PennLive reports wide receivers coach Stan Hixon set to join Bill O’Brien’s staff with the Houston Texans.

Lions247 reports five names have risen to the top of the early list of potential interviewees: Miami head coach Al Golden, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and Johnson.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Caldwell interviewed for the Redskins head coaching vacancy Wednesday, and is also expected to interview for the Lions head job.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean reports that Titans coach Mike Munchak is still in limbo. No decision has been made on his future as coach. Munchak is thought to be a candidate for the Penn State job.

The Cleveland Browns are focusing largely – but not entirely – on college coaches. Jason La Canfora reports they are very interested in interviewing Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt’s Franklin for their head coaching vacancy.

Sources close to Malzahn indicate that, while he might have an interested in moving to the NFL at some point in the future, he’d be likley pass on Cleveland now.

Tony Softli reports that Oklahoma head coach and Ohio native Bob Stoops may have the inside track on the Cleveland Browns opening.

ESPN reports that an NFL source insists Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is open to coaching a select professional team or two.

A source close to Sumlin tells us otherwise.

“That’s 100 percent not true, and it has no chance of happening. Zero.”

Sumlin has passed on several inquiries and job opportunities from NFL and high-profile collegiate jobs, including USC, sources said.

Sumlin is committed to coaching Texas A&M until the school finishes its $450 million renovation of Kyle Field. The renovation, which also has been labeled a redevelopment, is being done in three phases, with the grand opening set for August 2015.

Former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford will be offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay.

Sources indicate that FSU quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders could be a candidate to replace Kurt Roper as offensive coordinator at Duke. Sanders and Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe have a long history dating back to Tennessee.

Sources also indicate Blue Devils offensive line coach John Latina could be in play to be the offensive line coach at Florida.

DuckTerritory reports that Randy Shannon and Clancy Pendergast are among the possibilities for the defensive coordinator job at Oregon.

Secondary coach John Neal was believed to be a serious candidate, but it now appears head coach Mark Helfrich is intent on bringing someone in from the outside.

Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville has fired defensive coordinator Art Kaufman and defensive tackles coach Fred Tate, according to reports.

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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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Jim Mora will remain at UCLA

Scratch Jim Mora’s name off the list of potential candidates for the Washington job.

UCLA football coach Jim Mora Jr. will remain with the Bruins. (Photo: AP)Mora will remain at UCLA, and the school announcing Tuesday that he had signed a six-year contract extension.

“Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “Under his guidance, UCLA football has garnered national recognition for its success on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

“We are excited about the commitment Jim has made to our student-athletes and this University and feel this extension further demonstrates UCLA’s commitment to building a championship-caliber football program.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mora has also been promised a raise for his assistants and improvements in UCLA’s infrastructure.

“I want to thank Dan Guerrero and Chancellor Gene Block for their tremendous support,” Mora said. “This further commitment the University has made is crucial as we continue in our pursuit of excellence. From day one our goal has been to win championships, and with our tremendous staff, our incredible student-athletes and our dedicated administration, UCLA will win championships.

“We’ve only just scratched the surface of our potential, and as a Bruin fan, I’d be chomping at the bit just to see what UCLA football is going to do next.”

Photo: AP

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