Monday, December 10, 2007

Price Out of Running at Washington State

The man everybody thought was going to get the Washington State job has decided he'd rather stay El Paso. Mike Price said he "wouldn't feel good about leaving" Texas El Paso, which rescued him from the coaching scrapheap after his firing at Alabama.

"I really like it here," Price, 61, told the Seattle Times. "And they are good to me. They took me when no one wanted me."

Reportedly, three candidates have been interviewed for Washington State's opening: Eastern Washington's Paul Wulf, Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin and former Michigan State, Louisville, Utah State and Idaho coach John L. Smith.

Michigan: Nothing of substance to report outside of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton saying he has no interest in moving to Ann Arbor, making the Wolverines 0-2 in trying to secure a coach from Louisiana. Terry Foster of the Detroit News says Michigan's clumsy search threatens to damage the program's reputation. Jim Carty of the Ann Arbor News says it's time to push the restart button.

Arkansas: The school has brought in Chuck Neinas to help find the successor to Houston Nutt.

Colorado State: The Coloradoan, under state open-records laws, obtained emails sent to athletic director Paul Kowalczyk from fans urging that Sonny Lubick be fired. One fan wrote: "I could not even get my daughter to go to CSU because she wanted to go to a school that had a decent football team and the potential of a bowl game. She chose Nebraska even though both of her parents graduated from CSU."

Duke: Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson is expected to interview Monday, according to the Durham Herald-Sun. Former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell has also been mentioned as a possible candidate, but Air Force's Troy Calhoun is no longer in the mix.

Navy: No high-profile search at Navy. Offensive line coach Ken Niumatalolo was named to replace Paul Johnson. Niumatalolo becomes the first head coach of Polynesian heritage in NCAA football history.

Southern Mississippi: Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora is considered to be the front-runner, according to the Oklahoman.

UCLA: Interviews could begin this week, but little progress has been made in finding Dorrell's replacement.

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