Spanning the globe on a Monday morning and bundling up to head downtown for jury duty …
If SB Nation is right on this, it looks like Penn State will choose one of two Nashville guys to succeed Bill O’Brien and become the next Nittany Lions’ coach.
Now former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak is a Penn State guy, but he’s been an NFL guy all of his post-college career, all of that with the Oilers who were reborn as the Titans in Nashville.
The name of Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has surfaced for several NFL jobs, though I’ve not seen his name mentioned with the Titans. Seems like that would be cool for Franklin to get an NFL job and not have to move. A friend of mine who’s close to Vanderbilt says he doesn’t expect Franklin to leave unless it’s for Penn State.
Rarely does coaching business conclude with what we expect, so stay tuned.
When Bobby Petrino was hired at Western Kentucky many believed Bowling Green would be a temporary stop. That may be the case, but I had not heard Petrino’s name connected with another job right now … until this. Louisville students are openly campaigning to bring back the former Cardinals coach to replace Charlie Strong, who has taken the Texas job.
Louisville TV station WDRB conducted an online poll with 10 options for the next coach. Petrino was the overwhelming favorite. Duke coach David Cutcliffe, formerly of Ole Miss, was fourth.
Petrino went 8-4 in the Sun Belt this season and was among four teams — including the alma mater, the University formerly known as Northeast Louisiana — to finish 4-3 in conference play.
A Louisiana acquaintance believes there could be a domino effect that could have former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron as the next coach at La.-Lafayette (respect the hyphen). That theory begins with James Franklin leaving Vanderbilt, and Vanderbilt hiring current Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth.
On Twitter, CBS’ Bruce Feldman threw out Hudspeth’s name as one to watch for the Louisville job.
Several outlets reported before Christmas that new USC coach Steve Sarkisian would pursue Orgeron for his staff.
As always, good stuff on the coaching moves here with CoachingSearch.com.