San Diego coach Jim Harbaugh, left, has emerged as a frontrunner for the opening at Iowa State. The Ames Tribune is reporting that athletic director Jamie Pollard is in Dallas on Friday interviewing Harbaugh and Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. The Cyclones play their final game Saturday under coach Dan McCarney, who agreed last week to step down at season's end. Although the Tribune said two other candidates may be interviewed, the Wiz is hearing that Harbaugh has asked an NFL team for permission to talk to an assistant about joining him at Iowa State. In other words, don't be surprised to see a press conference Tuesday in Ames announcing the hiring of Harbaugh.
Michigan State: Todd Grantham, an assistant with the Cleveland Browns, is expected to be named coach on Monday.
Iowa State update: Backing up our earlier report, the Cedar Rapids Gazette is reporting that Harbaugh offered the defensive coordinator position at Iowa State to a current NFL assistant and was turned down.