Coaching Hot Board: Sixth edition

There are some new names in this week's coaching hot board and a familiar name at the top. Read on for all the latest.

Chris Petersen
Current Position:
Head coach at Boise State
Age:
47
Overall record:
67-5
Salary:
$1.6 million annually
Buyout:
$650,000
Notable:
Has led Boise State to two Fiesta Bowl victories. Petersen has turned down offers from UCLA and Stanford in the past. Contract has automatic one-year extension with an eight-win season.
Positives:
Good talent evaluator. Has proven he can beat some of the best teams in the country. Has built relationship with Greg Byrne.
Negatives:
Has never been in conference where he is not top dog. Could be comfortable in Boise. Will likely be offered other jobs in the offseason.
Update:
Boise State lost to TCU on Saturday and the Petersen watch is officially on. there are rumors UNC has moved on from Petersen to Gus Malzahn. Could be it because there is a denial? Either way, we could know something sooner than later.

Kevin Sumlin
Current Position:
Head coach at University of Houston
Age:
47
Overall record:
29-16
Salary:
$1.13 million
Buyout:
$600,000
Notable:
In Sumlin's first three years, the Cougar offense has topped 40 points in 26 of 45 games, reached 50 points on ten occasions and registered at least 70 points in a game two times. In 2007, Sumlin became the first Houston coach to lead his team to a bowl victory in 28 years. In addition, he led the Cougars to their first road win over a ranked team in 24 years.
Positives:
He would come in and run an offense similar to what Arizona runs now, which means the talent would be there for him to succeed. Sumlin has Pac-12 ties, as he was an assistant at Washington State and would also be able to successfully recruit Texas.
Negatives:
With conference realignment, may feel he has just as much chance to succeed. Houston is getting new facilities and could be a lifer there if he wanted to. If offense continues to succeed at high level, may have better opportunities.
Update:
Houston defeated Tulane 73-17 behind a dominant running game. Sumlin is going to get numerous job offers, but the fact that he will likely be playing in a BCS bowl could slow the process down.

Mike Bellotti
Current Position:
ESPN analyst
Age:
60
Overall record:
137-80-2
Salary:
N/A
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
Had a 116–55 record at Oregon, including four ten-win seasons. The Ducks finished second in the nation in 2001 and he led Oregon to a bowl game in 12 of his 14 seasons as head coach. He had the second most victories of any Pac-10 school in his tenure.
Positives:
Belotti may be wanting to get back in the coaching game after sitting out. Coaching at Arizona would allow him to stay west and enter a situation that is set up for success with new facilities, support, and more.
Negatives:
Belotti is comfortable at ESPN and there is little reason to leave. He is already 60 years old and could decide to leave any time. Chip Kelly has had as much success as Belotti, which would bring up questions as to how successful he can be. May be connected with UCLA head coaching job if there is a change there.
Update:
The Bellotti rumors have died down a bit, but it still does not change the fact that numerous sources have said Byrne has already met with him.

Larry Fedora
Current Position:
Head coach at Southern Mississippi
Age:
49
Overall record:
27-18
Salary:
$800,000
Buyout:
Estimated at $400,000
Notable:
While at Southern Mississippi, Fedora's squad broke 36 school records on the way to ending the season with a five-game winning streak to reach a bowl game. The Golden Eagles extended that streak in 2009 to eight games - the longest consecutive winning streak for the program since 1958-59. During Fedora's three-year tenure at OSU, the Cowboys raised their rushing, passing and total offensive yards each year that he was there
Positives:
Fedora is used to coaching at a high level, as he was the offensive coordinator at Florida and Oklahoma State before eventually becoming a head coach. Could bring %%MATCH_14%% back to Arizona, as Wyatt was previously on his staff before moving on to Texas. Known as a great recruiter, Fedora has landed numerous four-star players.
Negatives:
Does not have an overly impressive record as a head coach. Not a ton of west coast ties and likely not considered to be a big name among some.
Update:
With Ole Miss looking for a head football coach, Fedora should absolutely be its top guy. Arizona still remains an option, but Fedora is in a similar position to Sumlin in that he likely won't be coaching at his current school next year.

Paul Chryst
Current Position:
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin
Age:
45
Overall record:
N/A
Salary:
$405,000
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
The Badgers' offense has averaged 32 points and 408 total yards per game in the last five years and Wisconsin is 49-16 since he took over as offensive coordinator. The offense seems to be getting better every year, as it averaged 41.5 points per game last season and scored 70 points in a game three different times.
Positives:
Chryst was the offensive coordinator at Oregon State when Byrne was there and Byrne saw him lead the Beaver offense to the sixth best passing average in the nation and become the first team in NCAA Division I history with a 4,000-yard passer, 1,500-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers. Has shown ability to recruit nationally, landing recruits from five different states last year.
Negatives:
No head coaching experience and likely will be able to choose from numerous jobs soon. Has experience in the NFL and may want to return.
Update:
There has not been a lot of chatter behind Chryst, but he still has to be considered a candidate at this point.

Todd Monken
Current Position:
Offensive Coordinator Oklahoma State
Age:
45
Overall record:
N/A
Salary:
$400,000
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
Monken has NFL experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars as its wide receivers coach. As receivers coach at LSU, helped develop three first-round draft picks, including Dwayne Bowe. While at Louisiana Tech, had two top ten offenses in the nation. Now as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys have arguably the best offense in the country.
Positives:
Well-respected in coaching searches and has had success at each stop. Has experience developing receivers, but also respects the run game. Would be able to come in and run similar offense to what he runs now.
Negatives:
No coaching experience and could figure he will be in line for a bigger job in a few more years. No real west coast ties and lure of NFL could come back with more success.
Update:
Oklahoma State's offense somehow seems better than last year's with the Cowboys putting up 66 points against Texas Tech. Considering Oklahoma State is undefeated, Monken is going to get some looks, but he will also wait before talking to other schools.

Manny Diaz
Current Position:
Defensive Coordinator at Texas
Age:
37
Overall record:
N/A
Salary:
$625,000
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
Hired by Byrne at Mississippi State in 2010, Diaz led a defense that ranked 21st in the nation in scoring defense (19.9 ppg), 17th in rushing defense (119.1 ypg) and 17th in tackles for loss (7.0 pg), which was an improvement from the year before he was there in which the defense finished 71st in scoring defense, 62nd in rushing defense and 89th in TFL.
Positives:
High energy approach to recruiting and has developed ties to Texas recruiting. Familiar with Byrne, so would know expectations. Background would mean he would fit in well with Tucson community.
Negatives:
No head coaching experience and little experience on FBS level. May be in line for a bigger job, including Texas opening when Mack Brown retires
Update:
Texas lost to Missouri on Saturday due in large part to an offense that put up 247 total yards. Diaz's name continues to hang around.

Todd Graham
Current Position:
Head Coach at Pittsburgh
Age:
46
Overall record:
48-28
Salary:
$2 million
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
Born and played high school football in Texas. Led Rice to a 7-5 record one year after going 1-10, helping Rice to its first bowl game in over 50 years. Left the year after to become head coach at Tulsa, where he had 10 wins or more in three of his four seasons.
Positives:
Has a history of hiring a great coaching staff, including Major Applewhite at Rice and Gus Malzhan at Tulsa. Has been a successful defensive coordinator before, but also values a successful and balanced offense.
Negatives:
Has not shown that he is willing to stay at one place for numerous years. However, he has only been at Pitt for one year and the buyout is reportedly large. Would likely demand a salary larger than what he is making now and then a solid allotment for his staff as well.
Update:
Pitt moved to 5-5 with a win over Louisville. There has been some chatter that Graham could be looking around with Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson not being the most popular guy in Pittsburgh right now.

Troy Calhoun
Current Position:
Head coach at Air Force
Age:
44
Overall record:
39-23
Salary:
$750,000 base
Buyout:
25 percent of his remaining total base salary (around $1 million)
Notable:
Graduated from Air Force in 1989 and was an assistant before moving on to Ohio to eventually become the offensive coordinator. Has also been an assistant in the NFL with the Denver broncos and Houston Texans.
Positives:
Has at least eight wins in his last four seasons at Air Force. In the 100-plus year history of service academy football, Calhoun is the first coach to lead teams to at least eight wins and a bowl game in each of his first four seasons. Balanced offensively and would bring high level of discipline.
Negatives:
Could bring triple option to Arizona and would be questions if he can win in the conference with the offense (history of pro style offense as well). Would he want to leave, considering his history at Air Force?
Update:
Air Force lost to Wyoming to move to 5-5 on the season. Byrne has often mentioned the bigger picture than coaching and Calhoun would fit a lot of criteria he is looking for, which is why is name is gaining steam a bit.

Jim McElwain
Current Position:
Offensive Coordinator at Alabama
Age:
49
Overall record:
N/A
Salary:
Estimated at $410,000 base
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
McElwain spent the 2006 season in the NFL as quarterbacks coach for the Raiders and served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State in 2007. McElwain served as the assistant head coach, receivers coach and special teams coach at Fresno State from 2003-05. The 2003 team reached the Alamo Bowl behind a receiving corps that set school records for receptions (312) and yards (3,510). Helped the Crimson Tide to a 12-2 mark in year one and a 14-0 mark in 2009, which featured a unit that totaled more yards from scrimmage than any offense In Alabama history (5,642).
Positives:
His ties to Fresno State and Eastern Washington will help Arizona maintain some west coast ties and even possibly develop in the northwest. Would likely be able to bring a strong staff with him and doesn't make a huge salary.
Negatives:
May be in line for bigger job with Alabama's current success. Not known as a great recruiter, so would need to hire strong coaching staff.
Update:
Alabama struggled against LSU's defense, but McElwain is making a lot of sense right now and his name is gaining some steam.

Others: Mark Hudspeth (Louisiana-Lafayette Head Coach), Chad Morris (Clemson OC), Justin Wilcox (Tennessee DC), Sonny Dykes (Louisiana Tech HC), Kirby Smart (Alabama DC), Mike Leach, Brent Pease (Boise State OC), Rich Rodriguez, Bryan Harsin (Texas OC), Chris Wilson (Mississippi State DC), Greg Mattison (Michigan DC), Vic Fangio (San Francisco 49ers DC), Greg Roman (San Francisco 49ers OC), Justin Fuente (TCU OC)

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