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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Monday, Dec. 9

It was just a matter of time before Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s name started being mentioned for this year’s head coach openings.

UConn has asked to interview Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi regarding its head coach opening. (Photo: AP)

UConn has asked to interview Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi regarding its head coach opening. (Photo: AP)

Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reports that UConn has requested an interview Narduzzi about the Huskies’ coaching vacancy.

We reported yesterday that should Texas dump Mack Brown, they could pursue some big names like Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh or Jimbo Fisher.

Now, sources close to the situation tell us a decision on Brown is likely to drag out for a few days. Most believe Brown won’t go willingly. In other words, if Texas wants to make a change, it could be ugly.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida State may still be vulnerable to losing Jimbo Fisher, even though he has agreed to a contract extension.

CBS’ Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins could pursue Baylor coach Art Briles when Mike Shanahan is officially shown the door.

The Dallas Morning News says that Briles is likely to stay in Waco.

Rumors continue to circulate that the Texans could pursue Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.

Wake Forest has interviewed Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson. Clawson’s team won the MAC title by defeating Northern Illinois on Friday.

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann gave coach Kyle Flood a vote of confidence. Then, Flood fired three assistants, including defensive coordinator Dave Cohen who had been accused of bullying.

New Wyoming coach Craig Bohl will be paid a base salary of $750,000 a year at the start with the opportunity to earn up to $1.2 million with incentives. His contract is for five years.

CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reports that Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin is interviewing for the Boise State job today.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Broncos linebackers coach Bob Gregory will also interview for the job. Gregory and associate head coach Chris Strausser are believed to be the only two in-house candidates being considered.

Other candidates include Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Harsin. All three have ties to Boise State.

Jon Gruden won’t pursue any NFL or college jobs and is committed to ESPN for 2014.

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Wyoming hires North Dakota State's Craig Bohl

North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl will be announced today as Wyoming’s new head coach.

North Dakota State's Craig Bohl will be named head coach at Wyoming on Sunday.Bohl is 101-32 with the Bison. NDSU is 41-2 the past three seasons and has won the last two FCS title.

Following a 38-7 win over Furman on Saturday, this year’s team is 13-0 and playing in the FCS quarterfinals.

A former Nebraska defensive back, Bohl replaces Dave Christensen, who was fired last week after going 27-34 in five seasons with the Cowboys.

Bohl becomes the second FCS title-winning coach for their Cowboys in their last three coaches.

Joe Glenn, who had won a national title at Montana, was 30-41 at Wyoming from 2003 to 2008.

Photo: Carrie Snyder, Forum Communications

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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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Report: Dave Christensen out at Wyoming

Wyoming has reportedly fired head coach Dave Christensen after five seasons.

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen has reportedly been fired. (Photo: AP)The USA Today cites a source “with knowledge of the decision” that Christensen has been let go. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the school has not yet made a formal announcement.

Christensen was 27-34 in five seasons at Wyoming, including a 16-22 record in the Mountain West Conference.

The Cowboys started the season 4-2, but limped to a 5-7 record after a 35-7 loss to Utah State on Saturday.

Christensen came under fire last season after a postgame confrontation with Air Force’s Troy Calhoun went viral on YouTube.

During the profanity-laced tirade, Christensen called Calhoun “Howdy Doody,” and earned a one-game suspension and $50,000 fine from athletics director Tom Burman.

Prior to Wyoming, Christensen spent 12 seasons as offensive coordinator at Missouri.

Photo: AP

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Longtime assistant Bill Young joins the Wyoming staff

Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young has joined the Wyoming staff. (Photo: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman)Three days after announcing that defensive coordinator Chris Tormey had been let go, Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced the addition of longtime defensive assistant Bill Young to the Cowboys’ staff.

Young, who was defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State until January, will serve in a defensive quality control role.

According to a press release, Young will earn $12,000 and will be provided lodging and a courtesy car through the end of the 2013 season.

“I am extremely excited to have Bill Young join our program,” Christensen said in a statement. “I believe he will be a valuable asset to our staff as we prepare for the stretch run this season.

“I have coached against Bill, and I know first hand what an outstanding defensive coach he has been over his career.”

Christensen said that Younng will be involved “in assisting our coaches in analyzing opponents and making suggestions” as the staff develops game plans.

In addition to his stint with the Cowboys, Young’s 37-year coaching career has included stops as a coordinator at Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas and Miami (Fla.).

Photo credit: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Wyoming fires defensive coordinator Chris Tormey

Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen has fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey effective immediately.

Chris Tormey spent the past two seasons as Wyoming's defensive coordinator.

Chris Tormey spent the past two seasons as Wyoming’s defensive coordinator.

Christensen made the announcement Tuesday morning. Defensive line coach Jamar Cain will serve as interim defensive coordinator.

“I felt that we needed to make a change at this time to give our football team and the young men on it the best opportunity to win our remaining four regular-season games,” Christensen said in a release.

“The last two weeks, our defense has not performed up to the expectations of our coaching staff, our players, nor our fans.”

On Saturday, the Cowboys lost to San Jose State 44-41, after leading 23-7 in the second quarter. The Cowboys lost to Colorado State 52-22 on Oct. 19.

Tormey had been Wyoming’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He will be paid through his contract, which expires in December.

Tormey’s 33-year coaching career includes nine seasons as a D-I head coach, at Idaho and Nevada. He joined the Wyoming staff after spending the 2011 season as Washington State’s linebackers coach.

Cain is in his seventh year as D-I assistant and joined the Cowboys staff this spring. He was previously an assistant at Cal Poly where he was part of a Big Sky Conference title in 2012.

Wyoming (4-4, 2-2 MWC) has a bye this week.

Photo credit: Alan Rogers, Laramie Star-Tribune

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The Coaching Wire: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Wyoming's Dave Christensen announced several staff moves on Wednesday. (Photo: Jack Plunkett/AP)

Dave Christensen announced several staff moves on Wednesday. (Photo: Jack Plunkett/AP)

Wyoming completes staff, announces staff moves

Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced a number of staff moves. Nick Danielson, who served as offensive graduate assistant last season, will be promoted to a full-time assistant coach. Danielson, who served as an offensive graduate assistant for the Cowboys in 2012, will coach the Cowboy tight ends and H-backs. That position came open when former Cowboy assistant Jason Ray was hired as receivers coach at Oklahoma State in January. Assistant head coach Pete Kaligis and offensive line coach Jim Harding have been elevated to co-offensive coordinators. Former offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon left for New Mexico State earlier this month. Christensen will continue to call plays. Matt Rahl will be director of recruiting. Rahl coached the Cowboy defensive line the past two seasons, but he was previously Wyoming’s director of recruiting in 2009-10. Brent Vernon, who was assistant director of football operations last year, has been elevated to the position of director of football operations. He replaces Brian Wilkinson, who was named DFO at Arkansas State in January. Danilo Robinson will be Wyoming’s director of player personnel. Robinson had been the director of player personnel and recruiting last season.

Mississippi State announces Billy Gonzales hiring, staff moves

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has officially announced the hiring of Billy Gonzales as wide receivers coach. Tim Brewster will move to tight ends coach and add the title of assistant head coach. Brewster coached tight ends at North Carolina and Texas before moving to the NFL and coaching the position with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Tight ends coach Scott Sallach will move into the role of coordinator of football scouting to make room for Gonzales. Tony Hughes, who has coached safeties for the Bulldogs since Mullen’s arrival in 2009, will also add the title of assistant head coach.

Memphis extends Justin Fuente’s contract

Memphis has given head coach Justin Fuente a one-year contract extension. Fuente’s contract now runs through the 2017 season. In his first season as the Tigers’ coach, Fuente’s team won its last three conference games and the Tigers’ four Conference USA wins is more than the last three seasons combined. Memphis’ 4-8 overall record marked the team’s best finish since 2008.

Tim Hauck named UNLV defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach

Tim Hauck has been named defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at UNLV. He is the brother of Rebels’ head coach Bobby Hauck. Tim served last season as defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns. He spent the 2009-10 seasons as assistant secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans. Prior to joining the Titans, he coached safeties at UCLA in 2008, and spent four years at his alma mater, the University of Montana, overseeing the entire secondary in 2007 after three years working with the safeties from 2004-2006.

Report: Former Montana coach Pflugrad to Weber State as OC

Former Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad will reportedly be the offensive coordinator at Weber State. Pflugrad, who coached the Grizzlies in 2010-11, and Montana athletic director Jim O’Day last March in the wake of the scandal involving Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson, who is now on trial for rape in Missoula. He replaces Timm Rosenbach, who left Weber State after one season to join Bobby Hauck’s UNLV staff.

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