Is Jay Norvell, right, the coach Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard had in mind when he went searching for a replacement for Dan McCarney? Cyclone fans who have emailed us are not thrilled with Norvell possibly becoming coach. Nonetheless, the smart money is now on the Nebraska offensive coordinator to take over the Cyclone program, according to Eric Pratt of the Fort Dodge Messenger. So what happened to Jim Harbaugh, who as of a few days ago appeared to be a cinch to get the job? While Harbaugh is reportedly still in the mix, hopes of the San Diego coach taking over in Ames decrease by the day. Were the sides simply unable to agree on a contract, or did Harbaugh back away after getting word that he would be in line for a more attractive opening? Given the sudden turn of events, Norvell — the backup candidate — might not be a cinch either.
Update: Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports Wednesday afternoon that Harbaugh is officially off Iowa State's list. Schrotenboer also reports that Norvell is no longer a candidate, adding to our belief that the Cyclones' search is starting over. And Tim Brewster, who had been mentioned as a candidate, also removed himself from consideration for the job.