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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Wednesday, Dec. 18

Orangebloods.com reports that former Super Bowl champion head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is open to hearing from the Texas athletic department about its football head coaching vacancy.

Could Jon Gruden have an interest in the Texas job? (Photo: Brian Blanco, AP)

Could Jon Gruden have an interest in the Texas job? (Photo: Brian Blanco, AP)

Our sources confirm that report is true. Texas’ interest in Gruden is unknown.

The Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley reports that Charlie Strong would not be interested in the Texas job, but our sources indicate that’s not necessarily so.

On the record, Strong gave the typical “coach speak” response.

“I don’t even think about it,” he told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “I don’t even worry about it. I have a good job here. … The only thing I can control is what’s happening right here.”

There are lots of rumors that Arizona State head coach Todd Graham could be a backup candidate at Texas — despite a legal agreement AD Steve Patterson signed when he left Arizona State for Texas that he wouldn’t hire any ASU coaches.

The guess is the two sides could come up with some sort of compensation for Graham should the ‘Horns get that far. We doubt they do.

Ex-Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe told CBS Charlotte that he’d be interested in Army job.

“Absolutely, mainly because I love the academies,” Grobe said. “I spent eleven years at the Air Force Academy with Fisher DeBerry and those kids are in my heart. I have not talked to them, so whether that’s something they would want, it’s certainly something I’m interested in.”

Sources indicate former USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton has emerged as a very strong candidate to replace the fired Brent Pease at Florida. We’re told head coach Will Muschamp is getting a lot of “not interested” as he calls around.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Rutgers coach Kyle Flood filled one of the three vacancies on his staff today, naming 34-year coaching veteran Mitch Browning as the team’s new offensive line coach.

Arizona State announced Wednesday morning it has promoted offensive coordinator Mike Norvell to role of Deputy Head Coach.

Sources indicate Norvell had been a top target to be the new offensive coordinator at Florida.

Arkansas State is interviewing a whole slew of candidates, so nobody seems to know where the search will end. Sources indicate they feel really good about Arizona State’s Norvell and UNC’s Blake Anderson.

CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reports that Red Wolves officials spoke to Butch Davis but that he was not interested.

New UConn head coach Bob Diaco confirmed to the Hartford Courant that only offensive line coach Mike Foley had been retained.

Mike Szvetitz of the Opelika-Auburn News reports that other than the initial terms of Auburn coach Gus Malzhan’s new contract extension, no other details have been finalized – including the buyout.

Arkansas coach Brett Bielema isn’t in any hurry to hire a defensive line coach to replace Charlie Partridge, who left to be the head coach at FAU.

“I have half a dozen names that have come across my desk in the last 48 hours that are very intriguing that I’m definitely researching,” he told ArkansasNews.com. “I probably won’t bring anybody in until after the first of the year.

“I might talk to about half a dozen guys by phone, kind of off the record, and see where it’s at.”

Former Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brian Knorr joined the Air Force coaching staff on a retreat Tuesday and the is in talks to join the Falcons as a defensive assistant.

New Miami (Ohio) coach Chuck Martin has announced three additions to his coaching staff: Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach George Barnett, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eric Koehler and tight ends coach Pat Welsh.

Barnett and Koehler were at Illinois State last season while Welsh was a GA at Notre Dame.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman announced that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has agreed to a one-year contract extension that includes an increase in annual salary to $500,000 per year and keeps him on the Fighting Illini sideline through the 2015 season.

GigEm247 reports that Texas A&M co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Marcel Yates will be defensive coordinator on Bryan Harsin’s Boise State staff.

Yates has been part of Kevin Sumlin’s staff for two seasons. He played his college ball at Boise and was defensive backs at his alma mater for nine seasons from 2003-11.

New Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson announced on Monday that Kevin Higgins, the head coach at The Citadel, will be joining the Demon Deacon coaching staff.

Higgins will serve as the assistant head coach and will coach a yet to be determined position on offense.

“I am extremely excited that Kevin Higgins has accepted our offer to join our football staff at Wake Forest,” said Clawson. “Kevin has wealth of football knowledge gained as a head coach and also through his experience in the NFL as a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. He will be a great addition to our staff.”

Higgins was a 99-83-1 record in 16 years as a head coach. He was the head coach for seven seasons at Lehigh from 1994-2000, leading the Mountain Hawks to 56-25-1 record and three appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

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The Coaching Wire: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

With the hiring of Mark Hagen, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has completed his staff. (Photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

With the hiring of Mark Hagen, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has completed his staff. (Photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

Division I

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin announced that Mark Hagen has been hired as linebackers coach. The hire completes the Aggies’ staff. Hagen spent the past two seasons as Indiana’s defensive tackles coach and special teams coordinator under head coach Kevin Wilson, who coached with Sumlin at Oklahoma from 2003 to 2007. Prior to his stint at Indiana, Hagen was an assistant at Purdue for 11 seasons, including in 2000 with Sumlin. Hagen’s first coaching job came at Northern Illinois, where he coached defensive tackles from 1996 to 1999. … Sumlin also announced responsibility changes, with Clarence McKinney becoming offensive coordinator and David Beaty taking on the job of recruiting coordinator. … Montana State (FCS) head coach Rob Ash has hired Tim Cramsey as offensive coordinator. Cramsey spent last season as offensive coordinator at Florida International. Before that, he was offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (FCS). Cramsey replaces Kevin McGiven, who resigned in December to accept a similar role at Utah State. … At The Citadel (FCS), head coach Kevin Higgins has promoted Cody Worley to quarterbacks and fullbacks coach. Worley replaces Craig Candeto, who left in December to become the head coach at Capital University. A former two-year starting QB at Furman, Worley joined the Bulldog staff in July 2011 as special teams quality control coach and became the offensive quality control coach and assistant quarterbacks and fullbacks coach in 2012.

Division II

Grand Valley State (Mich.) has promoted offensive line coach Tim Morrison to offensive coordinator, and former Notre Dame coaching intern and former Laker player Bill Brechin will return to the program as coach wide receivers coach. Jack Ginn will move from wide receivers coach to quarterback coach. Running back coach Eddie Brown resigned to become the defensive back coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Morrison, who succeeds Eric Koehler, who left In December to become the quarterbacks coach at Illinois State, has coached the Lakers’ offensive line for three seasons. He previously served nine years as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Wartburg. He also had two seasons as the Knights’ offensive coordinator. Koehler’s spot on the staff will be filled by the hiring of Brechin. From 2010-11 at Notre Dame, Brechin was an intern for the offensive staff and his primary duties involved assisting the offensive coaches in a variety of areas. In 2012, Brechin worked with the wide receivers and slot receivers. Before that, Brechin spent two years as a graduate assistant at Grand Valley State working with the Lakers’ safeties.

Junior College

Ted Iacenda will be named head coach at College of the Canyons (Calif.). Iacenda was an offensive assistant at CoC from 2002-05, working under then-Cougar offensive coordinator Dean Herrington. During Iacenda’s time at CoC, the school won two Southern California championships, and  one State and National championship. Herrington has been the head coach at Bishop Alemany High in Mission Hills, Calif. the past six seasons, and Iacenda has been Herrington’s assistant head coach during that time. Iacenda began his career as running backs and wide receivers coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. … Josh Lattimer has been named head coach at Iowa’s Ellsworth Community College. Lattimer was Ellsworth’s defensive coordinator in 2012, and also served as strength and training coach, linebacker coach, and sophomore recruiting coordinator. Ellsworth went 6-4 last season including a win over No. 18-ranked Louisburg CC in the Graphic Edge Bowl. The Panthers finished the year with a No. 19 NJCAA ranking. Lattimer replaces Josh Gooch, who left earlier this month to become offensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

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