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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Monday, Dec. 2

Boise State coach Chris Petersen was in play at USC, but has reportedly withdrawn his name from the search.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen has withdrawn his name from the USC job. (Photo: AP)ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Petersen withdrew his name “after mutual interest.”

FightOn247 reported on Sunday that Ed Orgeron or Vanderbilt’s James Franklin would likely next in line should Petersen decline, while ESPN reported that the Trojans were down to Petersen and Franklin.

According to ESPN L.A.’s Arash Markazi, Franklin and Petersen have been on Pat Haden’s short list for awhile with Franklin in the lead. Markazi also reports that USC is prepared to make Orgeron the highest paid assistant and an associate head coach.

ESPN L.A. also reported that Washington coach Steve Sarkisian interviewed with Haden over the weekend, but Sarkisian says that no interview took place.

Wyoming has fired head coach Dave Christensen. Sources tell us that Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz is considered a serious candidate to replace him.

Oakland Raiders assistant and Wyoming alum Ted Gilmore is also rumored to be a candidate.

Should Fritz head to Wyoming, look for Texas co-OC Darrell Wyatt to get serious consideration to replace Fritz.

Texas A&M and head coach Kevin Sumlin have agreed to a six year deal worth $5 million per year. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Sumlin has agreed to not pursue any NFL jobs as part of his new contract.

We continue to hear Kyle Flood is in serious jeopardy at Rutgers. Flood says he’s not at all concerned with his future.

If Flood is fired between now and Feb. 1, he is owed an $850,000 buyout.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads announced that offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope have been let go.

We continue to hear that the situation at Texas remains very fluid. A win at Baylor and the Longhorns gain at least a share of the Big 12.

Would Texas force Mack Brown out after a 9-3 campaign and a Big 12 Championship? Most of our sources don’t think so. However, a bad loss to Baylor and it could be time to turn the page.

At TCU, multiple sources tell us to expect major changes on the offensive side of the ball.

Florida Head coach Will Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

We’ve heard all sorts of names over the past few days. Possibilities at offensive coordinator include Mike Mularkey, Lane Kiffin, Clay Helton and James Coley, among others.

Offensive line candidates are rumored to range from Neil Callaway to Stacy Searles to Joe Wickline.

New Mexico State fired defensive coordinator David Elson.

Another Ohio State assistant is rumored to be a candidate for the FAU job.

It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell had interviewed for the job. At the time, Urban Meyer said he didn’t, but Fickell’s name has been hot ever since.

Now, sources indicate Buckeyes assistant head coach and running backs coach Stan Drayton could be a candidate.

FAU athletic director Pat Chun has told associates he wants to hire someone who can recruit Florida (a smart move), and Drayton has had recruiting success wherever he’s been.

Chun spent almost his entire career at Ohio State and apparently that’s all he knows. He has even enlisted  Meyer and A.D. Gene Smith to assist in his search.

So, Drayton fills two requirements: He works at Ohio State and he was a Florida with Meyer. Two boxes checked. Could he be the guy?

Luke Stampini of 247Sports reported Monday morning that Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm could interview for the the FAU position.

Georgia’s Mark Richt has confirmed that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will be back next season.

Charlie Weis‘ job at Kansas is safe. Athletic director Sheahon Zenger is confident that Weis has the program moving in the right direction.

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas tells WCIA Channel 3 TV that Tim Beckman will return next season.

UCLA has fired running backs coach Steve Broussard. Sources indicate that USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson could be on UCLA’s radar.

Photo: Otto Kitsinger, AP

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The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Former Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain may be the leading candidate to be offensive coordinator at James Madison. (Photo: Roanoke Times)

Former Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain may be the leading candidate to be offensive coordinator at James Madison. (Photo: Roanoke Times)

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer N.C. State head coach Mike O’Cain looks like the favorite to be the offensive coordinator at James Madison. Hal Mumme was offered the position, but turned it down and is expected to join June Jones‘ staff at SMU this week. O’Cain, who coached the Wolfpack from 1993-99, was quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech since 2006 before he was let go in January.

Curt Newsome, another Hokie assistant who was let go in January, was named James Madison’s offensive line coach earlier this month.


Kurt Beathard will be receivers coach at Youngstown State; completes staff

Kurt Beathard will be wide receivers coach at Youngstown State, completing Eric Wolford’s staff. Beathard was offensive coordinator at Gardner-Webb last season, and coached wide receivers at Illinois from 2007-09. The son of former NFL GM Bobby Beathard, he replaces Andre Coleman, who left to become wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Kansas State.


Lyle Hemphill promoted to defensive coordinator at Stony Brook

Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore promoted defensive backs coach Lyle Hemphill to defensive coordinator. Hemphill is in his second season at Stony Brook and has extensive CAA experience, serving two different stints with Delaware. He replaces Rob Neviaser, who left for Bowling Green.


South Florida’s Tagger promotes Holt; adds two new support staff members

South Florida coach Willie Taggert has promoted one support staff member to an on-the-field position and added two new support staff. Former director of player personnel Stu Holt will move to special teams coordinator. Paul Gonnella has been hired to fill Holt’s former role, while former USF player Marquel Blackwell has joined the staff as director of player development.

Holt has worked with special teams on numerous occasions throughout his coaching career, including stints as the special teams coordinator at Western Kentucky in 2005 and 2009.

Gonnella spent the 2012 season as director of player personnel at Alabama and was previously as a defensive graduate assistant and quality control assistant at Mississippi State. He has also worked with high school programs in Mississippi, Georgia and Massachusetts.

A four-year standout quarterback for USF from 1999-2002, Blackwell served on the Bulls’ coaching staff as a program assistant from 2009-11. He spent last season as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky under coach Taggart. Prior to his first stint on the USF coaching staff, Blackwell served as the head football coach at Freedom High School in Tampa from 2007-08.


Carroll McCray announces completed Gardner-Webb staff

Gardner-Webb head coach Carroll McCray has announced the Bulldogs’ complete coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Dale Steele spent the past seven years as head coach at Campbell. Defensive coordinator Randall McCray most recently spent a season as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers/safeties coach at Pittsburgh under Todd Graham.

Six of the nine coaches spent the 2012 season with McCray at North Greenville, three on offense – Kenny Ray (assistant head coach and offensive line), Brett Nichols (quarterbacks) and La’Donte Harris (receivers) – and three on defense – Issac Mooring (defensive line), Brett Hickman (outside linebackers, special teams) and Rocco Adrian (cornerbacks).

Inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Travis Cunningham, has been with the Gardner-Webb program since 2001.


Stanford’s Shaw makes Morgan Turner hire official

Stanford head coach David Shaw officially introduced Morgan Turner as the Cardinal’s tight ends coach. We reported that Turner’s hiring yesterday.


Duke announces Boyette as running backs coach, other staff moves

David Cutcliffe has formally announced former player Re’Quan Boyette as the Duke’s running backs coach. We reported Boyette’s promption in last Thursday’s Wire. A former Blue Devil team captain, Boyette served as a graduate assistant last season.

With Boyette’s addition, Zac Roper shifts from coaching the running backs to tight ends and will assume the roles of both special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Derek Jones will become Duke’s assistant special teams coordinator in addition to defensive backs coach.

Cutcliffe also announced that both John Latina and Kurt Roper have added the assistant head coach titles while Latina also has been named the running game coordinator. Latina’s name was mentioned in several offensive line openings the past couple of months.


Longtime Penn State assistant tabbed as Western Michigan o-line coach

Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck has named longtime Penn State assistant Bill Kenney as the Broncos’ offensive line coach. Kenney began as a graduate assistant for the Nittany Lions in 1988 and worked with the offensive line from 1989-2011. He took on the role of recruiting coordinator in 1992-95 and worked directly with offensive tackles and tight ends from 2000-11.


Neil Callaway named offensive line coach at Western Kentucky

Veteran coach Neil Callaway has officially been named offensive line coach on Bobby Petrino’s staff at Western Kentucky. Most recently, Callaway served as the head coach at UAB from 2007-11. He was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Georgia from 2001-06. Callaway has served as an offensive line coach at three different schools in the Southeastern Conference, including Auburn, Alabama and Georgia during his 33-year career. He replaces Mike Summers, who was hired at USC last week.

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