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College Coaching Carousel Update // 12.07.10

SEC Status

Vanderbilt is still searching, having stated a desire to talk to at least 10 candidates. The latest confirmed name tied to the job is Stanford Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman. Beyond that, you can find a dozen or more names rumored to be on the wish list. Most are coordinators and assistants.

Dan Mullen, rumored to be on Miami's wish list, says he's working on a new deal with Mississippi State. That goes beyond his non-denial denials from earlier.

Auburn's Gus Malzahn has been rumored to be on the list for several jobs, including Vandy's, but he remains mum about everything. He also is rumored to be a top target for Texas's newly vacated offensive coordinator position. I don't know if he'd leave, but Mack Brown has hired away two Auburn defensive coordinators (Gene Chizik and Will Muschamp) before.

Florida is reported to be talking to Oklahoma State's Dana Holgorsen to take over as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. However, Urban Meyer says he expects to have Steve Addazio as OC next season. Holgorsen is also denying having talked with Meyer about the job, not that coaches' denials mean a heck of a lot without new contracts this time a year.


Colorado went the alumnus-at-all-costs route by hiring Washington Redskins TE coach Jon Embree as head coach with Eric Bieniemy as offensive coordinator.

Minnesota grabbed an up-and-coming name by hiring Northern Illinois's Jerry Kill. 

Indiana is expected to announce the hiring of Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. That should give you an idea of what kind of job Malzahn might be up for, as Wilson is a hurry-up proponent who's been an offensive coordinator longer than Malzahn's even been a college coach. If Indiana is the best Wilson can get, don't expect big things for Gus this year.

Arkansas State promoted offensive coordinator and noted Batman villain Hugh Freeze to the top spot. He was Michael Oher's high school coach and has been an assistant at Ole Miss.

Older news, but North Texas hired Florida's DL coach and former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney.

Remaining open jobs, roughly in order of attractiveness

Miami (FL)



Northern Illinois

Kent State

Ball State


Who is safe

Rich Rodriguez, for now, as Michigan won't evaluate him until after the Gator Bowl.

Mike Locksley, as New Mexico can't afford to buy him out.

Paul Wulff, whose Washington State program went from "hopeless" to "mildly competitive" this year. He probably gets sympathy points for taking over a shambles of a program and for being an alum.

Who is staying

Air Force's Troy Calhoun gave his annual denial of interest in other jobs, and he reportedly turned down Colorado.

San Diego State's Brady Hoke is getting a new contract, which probably ends his availability.

Dan Mullen is staying in Starkville if he's being an honest negotiator with Mississippi State.

Stanford's Jim Harbaugh is probably staying too, as he also has a new contract coming.

Who is denying

Navy's Ken Niumatalolo says he's happy at Navy.