Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday November 28, 2014
UNLV: According to the Las Vegas Sun, UNLV’s coaching search has already been going on behind the scenes and will not feature a search committee. The Sun lists some potential candidates, including Utah defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Kalani Sitake and USC wide receivers coach / pass game coordinator Tee Martin.
Tulsa: According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, head coach Bill Blankenship is expected to be dismissed this weekend. Blankenship is 24-26 in four years, including 2-9 this season.
UNLV: Head coach Bobby Hauck will resign on Monday, the school announced. Hauck is 15-48 in five years at UNLV. He will receive a payment of $400,000 with two years left on his contract. Before coming to UNLV, Hauck went 80-17 in seven years at Montana. It will be interesting to see if Hauck is in the mix to return to Montana. Arkansas linebackers / senior associate head coach Randy Shannon is a name to keep an eye on for UNLV. Keep track of open FBS head-coaching jobs here.
Nebraska: After Nebraska’s overtime win at Iowa, Bo Pelini was asked if he’s had any conversations with athletic director Shawn Eichorst. Pelini said, “I haven’t had any conversations. That’s furthest from my mind.” Read more from Pelini.
Texas A&M: Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder has been relieved of his duties, the school announced. Linebackers coach Mark Hagan will serve as interim defensive coordinator for the bowl game. Kevin Sumlin said Thursday night he would begin evaluating the staff on Friday. According to the Dallas Morning News, Snyder will be paid $700,000 through March 2016. Don't be surprised if Kevin Sumlin reaches out to Will Muschamp at some point. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi turned the job down in 2012, and it’s very hard to see Narduzzi taking a non-head-coaching job. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.
SMU: School president R. Gerald Turner tells the Dallas Morning News, regarding reports Clemson offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chad Morris will be the next SMU head coach: “When we have something to announce, we will, but we don’t. It’s one of those things; if you say something, it could cost you what you’re trying to do. The season’s not over. We really have to wait until the season is over.”
USF: Following a 16-0 loss to UCF, USF athletic director Mark Harlan tells the Tampa Bay Times that he is “committed” to Willie Taggart in 2015 and will sit down with the coach next week to discuss the future. The Bulls went 4-8 this year and are 6-18 in two years under Taggart.
Maryland: The school has announced the hiring of former Georgia athletic director Damon Evans as senior associate athletic director. Evans was the AD at Georgia from 2004-10 and most recently was a managing partner at Evolution Sports Partners.
Arizona State: In an interview with AZCentral, ASU offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach / deputy head coach Mike Norvell was asked about interest in head-coaching positions. Norvell said, “It’s flattering any time somebody mentions you or calls inquiring, but it shows where this program is going. … If I ever have an opportunity to be a head coach, that’s something, one day down the road, I’d like to do, but right now, the way to get to that is to be the best as what I’m doing now and being able to have 100 percent focus toward that.” Norvell received a raise and promotion to deputy head coach last December.
Texas A&M: After Thursday’s loss to LSU, Kevin Sumlin was asked about evaluating the staff and said, “I’ll sit down tomorrow and start — as we’ve done through the course of the year — looking where we are and what we need to do, from a big-picture standpoint, and then we’ll go from there.”
VMI: According to The Roanoke Times, Tennessee-Chattanooga offensive coordinator Jeff Durden has emerged as a leading candidate for the VMI head-coaching job.
SMU: Regarding reports that he will likely become SMU’s head coach, Clemson offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chad Morris tells The Clemson Insider, “Unreal, everyone thinks they know. Sorry completely focused on SC.”