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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Wednesday, Nov. 27

We’ve heard rumblings over the past several days that Rutgers coach Kyle Flood could be in trouble, and we added him to this week’s Hot Seat list.

Could Rutgers coach Kyle Flood be in trouble? (Photo: Julio Cortez, AP)

Could Rutgers coach Kyle Flood be in trouble? (Photo: Julio Cortez, AP)

Now, the Asbury Park Press reports the situation for Flood might be even worse than we thought. Athletics director Julie Hermann is already under investigation and most agree if she goes, so does Flood.

Flood would be owed $850,000 if he is fired before Feb. 1, 2014. Keep an eye on this one.

With Rutgers headed to the B1G, the Scarlet Knights may want to start with a clean slate… or an old one. Greg Schiano anyone?

Mack Brown is only a few wins away from passing Darrell Royal on Texas‘ all-time Texas wins list. In fact, he probably hits the mark next season – if he returns.

Even though UT megabooseter Joe Jamail says that Brown will decide when he retires, sources continue to tell us this is likely his last season in Austin.

If Brown goes, who takes his place? As you’ve no doubt heard numerous times, Alabama coach Nick Saban tops the Longhorns’ wish list. Earlier this week, Saban’s wife Terry told the Wall Street Journal that the couple intends to retire in Tuscaloosa, but the Sabans certainly aren’t above changing their minds.

If Saban does stay put, we continue to hear that Jimbo Fisher, Charlie Strong, Jon Gruden and Art Briles could all be in play.

Briles stated last week, that he “cannot envision” talking with other schools at season’s end, but sources indicate he’d still likely listen to Texas.

Another name that has surfaced is Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin last coached in college at Cincinnati in 1999-2000, where he was on staff with Jimbo Fisher. Ian Rappaport reported a couple of weeks ago that Tomlin’s job in Pittsburgh is safe for 2014.

Sources indicate Tomlin may be ready to move on – and that he’d have a keen interest in Texas.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy’s name is also making the rounds, both publicly and privately. Many believe he could emerge as a prime candidate at Texas.

At Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports that Will Muschamp will return as coach in 2014, but that there will be “significant changes” on the staff. Sources tell us the two most likely sacrifices are offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

Pease said today he believes he deserves to return.

You may remember Davis from his off-season spat with his former boss, Nick Saban.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that FAU coach Carl Pelini was fired for not reporting conduct of staff and not for using illegal drugs. Here’s an excerpt from a letter that interim president Dennis J. Crudele sent to Pelini:

“FAU did not terminate your employment because of a finding that you used illegal drugs. Accordingly to clarify these significant points … your resignation is withdrawn and your separation is converted to a termination with cause based on our finding that you failed to timely report certain conduct of a member of your staff, as required by your contract.”

We continue to hear that Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is a serious candidate. FAU AD Pat Chun said he would like to name the Owls’ next football coach by Dec. 8.

Stephen F. Austin has fired  coach J.C. Harper.

James Madison fired head coach Mickey Mathews.

According to the Daily News-Record, “JMU might be interested in as its new coach are Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Arizona co-offensive coordinator Rod Smith and Virginia Tech tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Bryan Stinespring.”

Elon has fired coach Jason Swepson. Swepson went 10-24 in three seasons.

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Report: Clint Chelf to start at QB for Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State senior QB Clint Chelf

Oklahoma State senior QB Clint Chelf

Though it probably won’t be official until just before kickoff, it looks Clint Chelf will get the starting nod at quarterback for Oklahoma State today against Iowa State.

Head coach Mike Gundy did not publicly name a starter this week, but ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Chelf is expected to start over J.W. Walsh.

Chelf, who started the season opener but was pulled after just two series, entered the game against TCU last weekend and helped lead the Cowboys to a 24-10 win.

He has completed 54.5 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and one interception in five appearances this season.

Walsh, the Cowboys’ starter the last five games, has been sporadic at best. The sophomore is currently 68th nationally and fifth among Big 12 quarterbacks in passing efficiency, but does lead the team with 284 rushing yards.

No. 19 Oklahoma State is 5-1 overall, 2-1 in the Big 12.

Photo credit: Sue Ogrocki, AP

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OSU DC: 'Intensity' key to fixing defense

New Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer says that "intensity and emotion" are key to improving the Cowboys' defense. (The Oklahoman)

New Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer says that “intensity and emotion” are key to improving the Cowboys’ defense. (The Oklahoman)

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]lenn Spencer is taking over the reigns of Oklahoma State’s defense, and while he admits that the playbook may stay the same, that doesn’t mean there won’t be change.

Spencer, who has spent the past five years on the Cowboys’ staff, was promoted to co-defensive coordinator alongside Bill Young in 2011, but Young still called the plays.

The defense was gashed several times in the five-loss 2012 season, and Young was let go after the bowl game.

Mike Gundy, who said his defense needed “a spark,” handed over the keys to Spencer.

Even though the schemes will be similar, Spencer knows the person calling them makes a difference.

“It’s gonna be different, because I’m a different guy,” he said. “I plan different. I’m gonna have different answers when we’re getting hurt or trying to stay ahead of those issues.

“It’s naturally going to be a different defense.”

One of those differences – and something that gets to Gundy’s desire for a “spark” – is Spencer’s passion.

From his work with the linebackers to his inspirational posts on Twitter, Spencer coaches with emotion. He hopes that fire will help make a difference in his unit’s play.

“Technique things we stress. Schematic things we stress. Alignments, assignments and landmarks, all those things that great defenses have to do,” he said. “But it all comes down to that, intensity and emotion.

“If you have great intensity and great strain, whenever there’s a breakdown, it’s amazing how somebody will show up to make up for it.”

So far, Gundy likes what he’s sees, but points out that the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

“The organization, the structure, the staff continuity, everything that’s important in getting started has been really good,” he said. “His approach to the players and them buying in has been good.

“Now comes the part that really matters — being productive on the field.”

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Oklahoma State hires Duffie as DBs coach

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]klahoma State’s Mike Gundy has hired Tim Duffie as defensive backs coach.

duffieHe announced the hire Monday afternoon via Twitter.

Duffie spent 2012 on Jim Grobe’s Wake Forest staff. Before that, he was secondary coach at Colorado State for four seasons. He was the Rams’ primary recruiter for the state of Texas.

A linebacker at Texas Tech from 1996-99, Duffie joined the staff at UTEP soon after graduating from Tech.

He spent eight years with the Miners, starting as a defensive graduate assistant (2000-01) before joining the staff full time as safeties (2002-03, 2007), linebackers (2004-05) and defensive ends (2006) coach.

Duffie replaces Jason Jones, who left earlier this month to join Hugh Freeze’s Ole Miss staff.

Financial details are not yet known. Jones earned $240,000 as Oklahoma State’s defensive backs coach last year.

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Ok State's Jason Jones leaves for Ole Miss

Oklahoma State assistant Jason Jones will join Hugh Freeze's Ole Miss staff. (Photo: AP)

Oklahoma State assistant Jason Jones will join Hugh Freeze’s Ole Miss staff. (Photo: AP)

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]klahoma State cornerbacks coach Jason Jones is leaving for Ole Miss, OSU officials have confirmed.

Jones has spent the past five seasons with the Cowboys.

He replaces Ole Miss secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff, who joined the New Orleans Saints’ staff earlier this month.

Prior to Oklahoma State, Jones had two stints at Tulsa (2005, 2007) and spent one season at Rice (2006).

A two-year starter at defensive back for Alabama, Jones served as a graduate assistant there in 2004.

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OSU: Bobby Reid – Yes, that Bobby Reid – hired

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid has been hired by Mike Gundy in an administrative role.

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid has been hired by Mike Gundy in an administrative role.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e normally wouldn’t devote an entire article to an assistant administrative hire.

But Bobby Reid’s hiring at Oklahoma State is not just any assistant administrative hire.

Reid is the former Cowboy quarterback that was the subject of Mike Gundy’s “I’m 40! I’m a man!” press conference tirade that became a YouTube sensation.

At the end of the video, a group of fans who had snuck into the press conference applauded Gundy, proud that he had stuck up for his players.

But Reid didn’t applaud. In fact, he later would say that the incident “basically ended my life.”

Reid came to Oklahoma State a 6-foot-4, 235-pound dynamo, one of the most highly-decorated recruits in school history. He showed flashes, but was injured as often as he was brilliant.

Eventually, he was unseated as starter by Zac Robinson, and Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman wrote the column that claimed Reid’s attitude – not his ability – was the reason he had been benched, and set off Gundy’s tirade.

Reid thought that Gundy’s emotion was insincere.

“Honestly, the way I took it, I felt like it was all a front,” Reid told ESPN columnist Tom Friend. “That it was all a big show. It didn’t feel genuine.”

Reid’s mother echoed her son’s feelings.

“Being 40 doesn’t make you a man,” Rajika Reid said. “It’s your character that makes you a man. Your integrity. That’s what makes you a man. Not how old you are. I read a Chinese proverb one time in a restaurant, and it said, ‘A fool at 40 is a fool always.’ That tells you everything.”

At the end of the season, Reid left Stillwater and ultimately landed at Texas Southern. There he threw for 1,791 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games before the injury bug bit once again, and a torn ACL ended his season.

Reid spent the 2011 season playing for the Tulsa Talons of the Arena League, but gave up his professional football dreams after one season. In the months that followed, he and Gundy worked through their differences.

Last August, Gundy told the Tulsa World:

“Bobby has come to my office just in the last few months,” Gundy said in an interview prior to a recent Cowboy Caravan speaking engagement in Tulsa.

“He flew in from Houston just to see me and sit down and talk. And he instigated it … He wanted to come and sit down with me and clear the air.”

Gundy embraced the meeting because “I don’t want to have enemies. I don’t want anybody to dislike me and I don’t want to dislike anybody. We may not agree, but I don’t look forward to passing a person in my office or passing a person on media day or passing a person at a coaches convention where we have an issue.”

Gundy added that “I’m a man!” had come full circle because Reid was “a big enough man to call me and make an appointment and fly to Oklahoma and come meet me. That’s not easy. It’s not like he just got in a car and drove over.”

Now, in a move that’s perhaps even more surprising that Gundy’s offensive coordinator hire earlier this month, Reid will join the Cowboys staff and will work under director of football operations Mack Butler.

Full circle indeed.

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Yurcich named Oklahoma State OC

Mike Gundy has announced Mike Yurcich as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator. (Photo: Beth Hall/US Presswire)

Mike Gundy has announced Mike Yurcich as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator. (Photo: Beth Hall/US Presswire)

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ike Yurcich is Oklahoma State’s new offensive coordinator.

Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy made the announcement Thursday morning via Twitter:

Yurcich He replaces Todd Monken, who is now head coach at Southern Miss.

A Euclid, Ohio native, Yurcich spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. Before that, he coached six seasons at Edinboro (Pa.) University as its quarterbacks coach and the last five years as the offensive coordinator.

Yurcich’s fast-paced offensive, no-huddle offense have put up big numbers, albeit on a small stage. In 2012, Shippensburg broke or tied 20 offensive records, including school records for points (609), yards per game (529.9), first downs (352), total offense yards (6,889), passing yards (5,040), touchdowns (58), yards per play (6.67), passing yards per game (387.7) and plays from scrimmage (1,033).

Yurcich, who played quarterback at California University of Pennsylvania and later at Mount Union College in Ohio, spent two years as an offensive quality control assistant and at Indiana

The Red Raiders finished the season 11-2 and won their first NCAA playoff game since since 1991.

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