Friday, November 30, 2007

Where We Stand on the Job Openings

Wake Forest's Jim Grobe, left, among the coaches who have talked with Nebraska, doesn't sound as if he's ready to become the Cornhuskers' next coach. Grobe gave an interview Thursday to Raleigh's 850 The Buzz and from the sound of it, he's not in the mix at Lincoln. Bo Pelini and Turner Gill are considered to be the finalists, and Gill isn't talking.

Arkansas: There were a flurry of reports indicating that Tommy Tuberville had agreed to become Razorback coach, but even Arkansas media outlets are backpedaling from those accounts. Tuberville's departure was news to reporters in Alabama, who say Tuberville was in Arkansas to hunt for ducks, not a new job. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says he hasn't been contacted by anybody from Arkansas, which is a stipulation in Tuberville's contract.

Houston: Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and former Miami coach Larry Coker are being mentioned as possible candidates.

Michigan: The agent for Louisiana State's Les Miles said he has not been contacted by anyone in the Michigan athletic department, but Miles "wants to be the next coach at Michigan," according to a friend. LSU is ready to navigate into $3.5 million waters to keep Miles. Michigan reportedly will go to only $3 million.

Southern Methodist: Sources tell the Dallas Morning News that the Mustangs are interested in Navy's Paul Johnson.

Washington State: The Seattle Times reports that Greg Olson, the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, is expected to be among the candidates.

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