Michigan has targeted Rutgers' Greg Schiano to be its coach, according to reports.
The East Brunswick Home News Tribune reports that Schiano could be offered the job Friday.
Schiano’s pedigree fits many of the criteria Michigan athletic director Bill Martin has outlined for Lloyd Carr’s successor, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Schiano has experience as a head coach, has Midwest recruiting ties (he was a Penn State assistant in 1990-95) and at age 41, could stay on the job for 10 to 15 years.
He also has NFL experience (Chicago Bears assistant in 1996-98) and a manageable buyout of $750,000. Michigan could offer Schiano a significant bump in salary from his current $1.73 million a year.
Schiano, as we posted Thursday, has become frustrated over promised facility upgrades that have been tabled because of the ongoing fiscal crisis in New Jersey.
In other coaching-related news:
Arkansas: Two words sum it up: a mess. Jim Grobe's decision to back out came in the 11th hour and right now several names are being tossed around with nobody in the picture. Should we be surprised by this? No, especially when you consider the madness that started about a year ago sparked by the transfer of quarterback Mitch Mustain. Any coach is going to have to take a hard look at the situation.
Southern Methodist: Officials were granted permission to talk with Air Force's Troy Calhoun, but the first-year Falcon coach told the Mustangs he wasn't interested.
Houston: Former Cougar quarterback David Klingler is pushing for Jack Pardee to get the job, but Klingler also acknowledges that he has something riding on the outcome: a job on Pardee's staff as offensive coordinator.
Clemson: We found this amusing. Tommy Bowden says he didn't use Arkansas as leverage for a new contract and "I could not be happier than where I am. To me this is the Mecca." Yeah, right coach.
Louisiana State: How much will a victory over Ohio State in the Bowl Championship Series mean to Les Miles? About $600,000.