Friday November 25, 2016
Texas: Sources tell FootballScoop Texas has decided to officially part ways with Charlie Strong. Sources add that UT President Greg Fenves and UT AD Mike Perrin are scheduled to meet with Tom Herman Saturday after they close things out with Charlie Strong in the morning. Chip Brown and Pete Thamel are also reporting that Charlie Strong is being let go.
Oregon: Matt Phrem of Oregon's 247 site reports that, while no final decision has been made, the feeling in Eugene is that Mark Helfrich returns to Oregon in 2017, though a loss to Oregon State on Saturday could change things. Prehm reports that Oregon gauged the interest of Tom Herman and Gary Patterson but neither showed interest in the Ducks, and a possible cost of $20 million to change staffs lead Oregon decision-makers to lean toward keeping Helfrich another year. Win or lose tomorrow, a final decision is expected shortly after the season ends.
Tom Herman: As LSU, Texas and Houston make their pitches for Tom Herman's services, it's going to boil down to relationships.
Texas: Following their loss to TCU, Charlie Strong told players that he expects to return in 2017. Stay tuned for the latest.
Arkansas: After an inexplicable loss to Missouri to close out their regular season 7-5, Bret Bielema was asked if he planned to make any staff changes this offseason. Bret said he was not planning to make changes before or after the bowl game.
LSU: Ross Dellenger of The Advocate is now reporting LSU's search is "down to two", Tom Herman and Ed Orgeron. Dellenger says LSU sources confirm that Tom Herman is the top target. This one should wrap up by Sunday at the latest. Stay tuned...
Cornell: Sources tell FootballScoop offensive line coach Roy Istvan has resigned. Cornell now has the offensive line and the receivers position open.
LSU: Ross Dellenger of the The Advocate reports that Ed Orgeron and Joe Alleva met this morning and Coach O remains a "serious candidate" for the job on a permanent basis. Dellenger also relays that Lane Kiffin is believed to be at the top of O's list for offensive coordinator.
Baylor: Sources in Waco tell FootballScoop the Baylor administration continues to lock their sights on SMU head coach Chad Morris. Multiple sources added that Baylor hopes to be in contact with Morris as soon as his season ends (final game is Saturday at 2:30) with hopes to reach a deal as quickly as possible thereafter.
LSU:Bruce Feldman with Fox Sports reports that "Contrary to report, Tom Herman didn't meet with LSU yesterday..Nor did anyone who reps him". Feldman is specifically throwing water on a report from Glenn Guilbeau who reported that LSU representatives met with Tom Herman Thursday.
Texas A&M: A&M's struggles in November (which coincided with the injury to quarterback Trevor Knight) had some wondering whether the administration might consider making a change; but sources tell FootballScoop Texas A&M's administration strongly supports Kevin Sumlin.
Houston: Asked by Cole Cubelic if the reports linking him to Texas and LSU are false, Tom Herman responded by saying "Absolutely." Herman added that he handles job rumors with players by reminding them, "Honestly, don't believe anything you read."
FIU: Butch Davis is hiring Idaho defensive line coach Kenny Holmes in the same capacity reports Alex Marvez. Marvez continues his roll of breaking every FIU hire.
LSU / Tom Herman / UT / UH: So, about last night... scroll on down to last night's scoop to see how the fun unfolded just before and throughout LSU's dismantling of Texas A&M. PS - Nice work Coach O.
Jim Tressel: Jim Tressel's show cause penalty from the NCAA expires in December, but he tells the New York Times that "coaching is not is my future." Tressel currently serves as the President at Youngstown State.
Warm Up: A great high school tradition for seniors after playing their last game, coach Rolo dresses up as a turkey for Thanksgiving, and a solid Ohio State office prank. Friday's One Minute Warm Up.