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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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Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge headed to Purdue

New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has hired seven of nine assistants. (Photo: John Terhune/Lafayette Journal & Courier)

Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge is leaving to join Darrell Hazell’s Purdue staff. (Photo: Lafayette Journal & Courier)

UPDATE: Jim Bridge has been hired at Purdue. The deal was finalized Monday evening and he met the other members of the Purdue staff Tuesday afternoon, as tweeted by Boilermakers running backs coach Jafar Williams:


[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ess than six weeks after becoming offensive line coach at Illinois, it looks like Jim Bridge is leaving for another Big Ten school.

Bridge, who spent the past six seasons at N.C. State before joining Tim Beckman’s staff in late January, is expected to become the offensive line coach at Purdue. A deal may have even been completed Monday night, according to a source.

He would replace Jim Bollman, who left to become co-offensive coordinator at Michigan State.

At N.C. State, Bridge coached tight ends there from 2007-10 and moved to the offensive line in 2011-12 when Tom O’Brien was dismissed.

He followed O’Brien from Boston College, where he coached tight ends from 2003-06.

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Purdue names Rubin Carter defensive line coach

Veteran coach Rubin Carter is the new defensive line coach at Purdue. (Photo: Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

Rubin Carter is the new defensive line coach at Purdue. (Photo: Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]urdue has officially announced Rubin Carter as defensive line coach.

Carter joins Darrell Hazell’s staff after spending last year a Towson. Before that, he spent three seasons as defensive line coach at New Mexico (2009-11).

A former NFL player and coach, Carter also spent three seasons as the head coach at Florida A&M from 2005-07.

“I love what coach Carter brings to Purdue,” Hazell said. “He is a 12-year NFL veteran with over 25 years of coaching experience on all different levels. He has been a head coach, spent seven years with three NFL teams and coached on the college and high school levels. He is a great man that our players will learn a tremendous amount from both on and off the field.”

Carter’s other stops as a collegiate assistant include Temple (2004-05), Maryland (1997-98), San Jose State (1995-96) and Howard (1989-93). In the pros, he served as defensive line coach with the Denver Broncos (1987-88), Washington Redskins (1999-2000) and New York Jets (2001-03).

Carter played nose tackle at Miami (Fla.) in the early 70’s and was named All-American in 1974. He was a member of two Super Bowls teams with the Broncos during a 12-year professional career.


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Ex-Ohio State assistant Jim Bollman hired at Michigan State

Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman will be OC at Michigan State. (Photo: Toledo Blade)

Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman will be OC at Michigan State. (Photo: Toledo Blade)

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ichigan State head coach Mark Dantonio will name Jim Bollman as the Spartans’ offensive coordinator, according to a source.

Bollman was named offensive line coach on Darrell Hazell’s staff at Purdue in January. He was offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Boston College in 2012 after spending 11 years at Ohio State as offensive coordinator and line coach.

He will replace Dan Roushar, who left for the New Orleans Saints.

Bollman and Dantonio worked alongside one another from 2001-03 when Dantonio was defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Those three Buckeye teams went 31-7, including a 13-0 season and a BCS National Championship in 2002.

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Purdue staff salary breakdown

New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has hired seven of nine assistants. (Photo: John Terhune/Lafayette Journal & Courier)

New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has hired seven of nine assistants. (Photo: John Terhune/Lafayette Journal & Courier)

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith two more hires to make, new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell has approximately $400,000 left of a $2.1 million pool for assistant coaches.

Hazell has hired seven coaches and used $1.7 million of the $2.1 million available, according to Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Courier and Journal. The two spots left to fill are defensive line and tight ends/special teams coordinator.

Below is a breakdown of the seven new Purdue assistants Hazell has hired thus far:

Name Title Salary Previous
John Shoop AHC, Offensive coordinator $400,000 North Carolina (OC)
Greg Hudson AHC, Defensive coordinator $395,000 Florida State (LB)
Jim Bollman Offensive line $240,000 Boston College (OL, RGC)
Kevin Sherman Wide receivers $220,000 Virginia Tech (WR)
Jon Heacock Secondary $200,000 Kent State (DC)
Marcus Freeman Linebackers $120,000 Kent State (LB)
Jafar Williams Running backs $120,000 Kent State (RB)

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