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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Monday, Oct. 28

It’s not exactly at shock that Bo Pelini’s Nebraska is going to lose at least four games this season (he always does), but we really didn’t expect one of them to be Minnesota.

Are there enough "Bo-lievers" to save the Nebraska coach?

Are there enough “Bo-lievers” to save the Nebraska coach?

Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised. @GarrettGordon reports this is the fifth consecutive season a ranked Nebraska team has lost to an unranked opponent.

Pelini entered the season on the hot seat after last season’s meltdown in the B1G Championship Game when his team gave up 70 to Wisconsin.

Then, in September, an audio tape surfaced where Pelini ripped both the media and Cornhuskers’ fans after a 2011 game. The best line was reserved for the Husker faithful: “It took everything in my power to not say, ‘F— you, fans. F— all of you.’ F— ‘em.”

Nebraska can beat every opponent left on it’s schedule. The Huskers could also lose four more. More than likely, they’ll split the difference and end up with four losses just as they have in each of the past five seasons under Pelini.

We think that gets him fired.

Dana Holgorsen won ten games in his first season at West Virginia — but that was in the Big East.

In 2012, WVU moved to the Big 12 and the record dropped to 7-6. The Mountaineers are now 3-5 and could potentially lose out.

Sources tell us that 5-7 probably earns Holgorsen a pink slip. The only wild card is A.D. Oliver Luck. As we mentioned yesterday, he very well could be headed to Texas.

How does that affect Holgorsen? we don’t know yet but it’s an interesting wildcard.

Mack Brown helped his cause once again with an impressive win over TCU. The Longhorns figure to throttle both Kansas and West Virginia over the next two weeks to get to 7-2.

Then, the rubber meets the road.

Texas ends the season with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and at Baylor.

The Baylor game could very well decide the Big 12. A Longhorns win and it’s hard to see a change. A bad loss makes the situation much more dicey.

Despite big wins in the last two, this soap opera is a long way from over.

USC wants (and needs?) to make a big splash with their hire. Mike Riley’s name was floating around last week, and Jack Del Rio was hot for awhile. So were Kevin Sumlin and James Franklin.

We think Pat Haden is likely doing due diligence on several candidates and will move quickly once the season ends to fill the position.

Virginia A.D. Craig Littlepage announced less than two weeks ago that coach Mike London would return next season, but we all now how much mid-season declarations of safety mean.

Littlepage made those statements before the Wahoos lost to Duke and Georgia Tech, bringing the losing streak to five, and UVa’s overall record to 2-6. With games against Clemson, at North Carolina and Miami, and the season finale vs. Virginia Tech remaining, winning one more to finish 3-9 may be a stretch.

Sources close to London indicate they believe the Cavs coach is safe for another season. Others aren’t so sure.

Regardless of what Littlepage said publicly, we’re told London is not out the woods. A 2-10 season almost has to bring a change, so there’s a good chance this one opens.

We’ve heard rumblings that Kansas could replace Charlie Weis after just two seasons, and those rumors are picking up steam.

The Jayhawks fired a religious fanatic after two seasons and replaced him with Satan’s brother.

Perhaps KU should try looking for someone a little more “normal”?

We told you about the hell Southern Miss is in in Friday’s Rumor Mill, and after this weekend, the Golden Eagles have now lost 19 straight. This week was a 55-14 thrashing by North Texas, on Homecoming no less…

Quick Hitters

Iowa State: We’re told, at a minimum, to expect staff changes.

North Texas: Lots of chatter here. Some think Dan McCarney could hang it up after the season.

Purdue: Look for staff changes. Possibly several.

Florida Atlantic: Expect staff changes on the defensive side of the ball.

Photo credit: Nati Harnik, AP

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The Coaching Wire: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

North Texas cornerbacks coach Justin Gaines has resigned. (Photo: UNT Athletics)

North Texas cornerbacks coach Justin Gaines has resigned. (Photo: UNT Athletics)

Division I

Justin Gaines, cornerbacks coach and an original members of Dan McCarney’s staff at North Texas, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Gaines is the second member of McCarney’s staff to leave the program since the end of the season. Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Kent Riddle left to become the assistant head coach at Arkansas State following the season. UNT finished 4-8 last season after a 5-7 campaign in McCarney’s first year as head coach in 2011. Prior to North Texas, Gaines was secondary coach at Montana State for four seasons from 2007-10. Gaines was an All-American at the University of Montana. … Former BYU defensive coordinator Jamie Hill will join Nigel Burton’s staff at Portland State (FCS) as defensive coordinator. Hill will also coach safeties. Hill served as BYU’s secondary coach and defensive coordinator from 2006-10. He worked at Portland State from 1993-97 as both a secondary coach and then defensive coordinator on Tim Walsh’s staff as the Vikings transitioned at from D-II to Division I in 1996.  … At Northern Illinois, Pat McAvoy will serve as offensive graduate assistant working with the offensive line. The Cary, Ill. native was a three-year letterman at fullback for the Huskies. Former Kansas safety Olaitan Oguntodu will serve as Northern Illinois’ defensive graduate assistant, working with the linebackers. Oguntodu was a three-time Academic All-12 selection. … Connecticut head coach Paul Pasquloni has announced his staff’s responsibilities and titles for the 2013 season. Defensive line coach Hank Hughes will return to the defensive coordinator spot, replacing Don Brown left nearly two months ago to join Steve Addazio’s staff at Boston College. Hughes served as assistant head coach for defense from 2005-10 after being defensive coordinator from 2002-04. Matt Cersosimo, who had been the Huskies’ wide receivers coach since he joined the staff in 2006, will move to cornerbacks coach. Cersosimo is also recruiting coordinator. Below is the full staff and their titles:

  • George DeLeone: Associate head coach, Offensive line
  • T.J. Weist: Offensive coordinator, Wide receivers
  • Hank Hughes: Defensive coordinator, Defensive line
  • Kermit Buggs: Special teams coordinator, Running backs
  • Matt Cersosimo: Cornerbacks, Recruiting coordinator
  • Shane Day: Quarterbacks
  • Mike Foley: Tight ends
  • Darrell Perkins: Safeties
  • Jon Wholley: Linebackers
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