Word in the coaching profession is that UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois has been on the hunt for a young, up and coming coordinator. In fact, we have heard she is hoping to find “the next Lincoln Riley or Ryan Day”.
While there seem to be no shortage of experienced head coaches who want the job (sources tell FootballScoop Butch Jones, Jim Mora Jr. and Steve Sarkisian would all be interested), Reed-Francois seems intent on finding what she is looking for.
This afternoon, Joe Arrigo (who covers the Rebels for 24/7) tweeted that Reed-Francois has interviewed USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell for the position. While it seems unlikely Harrell would choose that opportunity over his current job, or whatever Texas is about to offer him, it is indicative of where this search is headed.
We are aware of several Power 5 offensive coordinators who had the potential to be considered for the position but declined to interview.
Will be interesting to see if Reed-Francois can find “the next _______” or if she ultimately decides one of these more experienced candidates truly is the best fit for her program (and budget).
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information.
Per source: #UNLVfb has interviewed USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell for the head coaching position.
— Joe Arrigo (@joearrigo) December 4, 2019